Mathematics in the real world /

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Author / Creator:Wallis, W. D., author.
Imprint:New York : Birkhäuser, 2013.
Description:1 online resource.
Subject:Mathematics -- Textbooks.
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Format: E-Resource Book
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ISBN:9781461485292 (electronic bk.)
1461485290 (electronic bk.)
Notes:Includes index.
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Summary:Mathematics in the Real World is a self-contained, accessible introduction to the world of mathematics for non-technical majors. With a focus on everyday applications and context, the topics in this textbook build in difficulty and are presented sequentially, starting with a brief review of sets and numbers followed by an introduction to elementary statistics, models, and graph theory. Data and identification numbers are then covered, providing the pathway to voting and finance. Each subject is covered in a concise and clear fashion through the use of real-world applications and the introduction of relevant terminology. Many sample problems both writing exercises and multiple-choice questions are included to help develop students level of understanding and to offer a variety of options to instructors. Covering six major units and outlining a one-semester course, Mathematics in the Real World is aimed at undergraduate liberal art students fulfilling the mathematics requirement in their degree program. This introductory text will be an excellent resource for such courses, and will show students where mathematics arises in their everyday lives.
Other form:Print version: Wallis, W. D., author. Mathematics in the real world 9781461485285
Standard no.:10.1007/978-1-4614-8529-2
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Faculty looking for a resource for a liberal arts mathematics course might be interested in this offering by Wallis (Southern Illinois Univ.). Designed for a one-semester course for students with a minimal background in mathematics, the author's intention is to present interesting mathematics that arise in daily living rather than merely rehash the mundane school mathematics of arithmetic and algebra. Using a brief and informal style, initial chapters cover background mathematics in areas such as numbers, sets, counting techniques, probability, data distributions, and sampling techniques. From there, Wallis discusses a variety of topics, all motivated by easily stated but interesting problems. Graph theory is introduced by way of the Konigsberg bridge and traveling salesman problems. Three chapters are devoted to the mathematics of identification numbers, including check digits; data transmission; and cryptography, including an elementary introduction to the RSA public key code. Two chapters focus on voting systems and problems inherent to them. The text concludes with a treatment of financial mathematics, and a chapter titled "Growth and Decay," which discusses inflation, population growth, and radioactive decay. Given these numerous and diverse topics, any instructor should be able to successfully build an interesting course. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and faculty. D. S. Larson Gonzaga University

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