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Raymond N. Greenwell earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of San Diego, and an M.S. in Statistics, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University, where he earned the graduate student teaching award in 1979. After teaching at Albion College in Michigan for four years, he moved to Hofstra University in1983, where he currently is Professor of Mathematics.
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R. Algebra Reference
R.1 Polynomials
R.2 Factoring
R.3 Rational Expressions
R.4 Equations
R.5 Inequalities
R.6 Exponents
R.7 Radicals
1. Linear Functions
1.1 Slopes and Equations of Lines
1.2 Linear Functions and Applications
1.3 The Least Squares Line
Chapter 1 Review
Extended Application: Using Extrapolation to Predict Life Expectancy
2. Nonlinear Functions
2.1 Properties of Functions
2.2 Quadratic Functions; Translation and Reflection
2.3 Polynomial and Rational Functions
2.4 Exponential Functions
2.5 Logarithmic Functions
2.6 Applications: Growth and Decay; Mathematics of Finance
Chapter 2 Review
Extended Application: Characteristics of the Monkeyface Prickleback
3. The Derivative
3.1 Limits
3.2 Continuity
3.3 Rates of Change
3.4 Definition of the Derivative
3.5 Graphical Differentiation
Chapter 3 Review
Extended Application: A Model for Drugs Administered Intravenously
4. Calculating the Derivative
4.1 Techniques for Finding Derivatives
4.2 Derivatives of Products and Quotients
4.3 The Chain Rule
4.4 Derivatives of Exponential Functions
4.5 Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions
Chapter 4 Review
Extended Application: Electrical Potential and Electric Field
5. Graphs and the Derivative
5.1 Increasing and Decreasing Functions
5.2 Relative Extrema
5.3 Higher Derivatives, Concavity, and the Second Derivative Test
5.4 Curve Sketching
Chapter 5 Review
Extended Application: A Drug Concentration Model for Orally Administered Medications
6. Applications of the Derivative
6.1 Absolute Extrema
6.2 Applications of Extrema
6.3 Further Business Applications: Economic Lot Size; Economic Order Quantity; Elasticity of Demand
6.4 Implicit Differentiation
6.5 Related Rates
6.6 Differentials: Linear Approximation
Chapter 6 Review
Extended Application: A Total Cost Model for a Training Program
7. Integration
7.1 Antiderivatives
7.2 Substitution
7.3 Area and the Definite Integral
7.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
7.5 The Area Between Two Curves
7.6 Numerical Integration
Chapter 7 Review
Extended Application: Estimating Depletion Dates for Minerals
8. Further Techniques and Applications of Integration
8.1 Integration by Parts
8.2 Volume and Average Value
8.3 Continuous Money Flow
8.4 Improper Integrals
Chapter 8 Review
Extended Application: Estimating Learning Curves in Manufacturing with Integrals
9. Multivariable Calculus
9.1 Functions of Several Variables
9.2 Partial Derivatives
9.3 Maxima and Minima
9.4 Lagrange Multipliers
9.5 Total Differentials and Approximations
9.6 Double Integrals
Chapter 9 Review
Extended Application: Using Multivariable Fitting to Create a Response Surface Design