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Marge Lial was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is now affiliated with American River College.
Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.
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.
Raymond has published articles on fluid mechanics, mathematical biology, genetic algorithms, combinatorics, statistics, and undergraduate mathematics education. He is a member of MAA, AMS, SIAM, NCTM, and AMATYC. He is currently (2002-2005) governor of the Metropolitan New York Section of the MAA, as well as webmaster and liaison coordinator, and he received a distinguished service award from the Section in 2003. He is an outdoor enthusiast and leads trips in the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings program.
Nathan P. Ritchey earned a B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in Music from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He earned a M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Youngstown State University. He has published articles in economics, honors education, medicine, mathematics, operations research, and student recruitment. Nate is a Consultant/Evaluator for the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission and regularly participates in program evaluations.
In recognition of his numerous activities, Nate has received the Distinguished Professor Award for University Service, the Youngstown Vindicator's "People Who Make a Difference Award," the Watson Merit Award for Department Chairs, the Spirit in Education Award from the SunTex corporation, and the Provost's Merit Award for significant contributions to the Honors Program.
A father of four children, Nate enthusiastically coaches soccer and softball. He also loves music, playing several instruments, and is a tenor in the Shenango Valley Chorale. More information about Nate Ritchey can be found at: http://www.as.ysu.edu/~nate/
Table of Contents
|Slopes and Equations of Lines|
|Linear Functions and Applications|
|The Least Squares Line Chapter Review Extended Application: Using Extrapolation to Predict Life Expectancy|
|Of Linear Equations and Matrices|
|Solution of Linear Systems by the Echelon Method|
|Solution of Linear Systems by the Gauss-Jordan Method|
|Addition and Subtraction of Matrices|
|Multiplication of Matrices|
|Input-Output Models Chapter Review Extended Application: Contagion|
|Programming: The Graphical Method|
|Graphing Linear Inequalities|
|Solving Linear Programming Problems Graphically|
|Applications of Linear Programming Chapter Review|
|Programming: The Simplex Method|
|Slack Variables and the Pivot|
|Minimization Problems; Duality|
|Nonstandard Problems Chapter Review Extended Application: Using Integer Programming in the Stock-Cutting Problem|
|Simple and Compound Interest|
|Future Value of an Annuity|
|Present Value of an Annuity; Amortization Chapter Review Extended Application: Time, Money, and Polynomials|
|Truth Tables and Equivalent Statements|
|The Conditional and Circuits|
|More on the Conditional|
|Analyzing Arguments and Proofs|
|Analyzing Arguments with Quantifiers Chapter Review Extended Application: Logic Puzzles|
|Applications of Venn Diagrams|
|Introduction to Probability|
|Basic Concepts of Probability|
|Conditional Probability; Independent Events|
|Bayes' Theorem Chapter Review Extended Application: Medial Diagnosis|
|Principles: Further Probability Topics|
|The Multiplication Principle; Permutations|
|Probability Applications of Counting Principles|
|Probability Distributions; Expected Value Chapter Review Extended Application: Optimal Inventory for a Service Truck|
|Frequency Distributions; Measures of Central Tendency|
|Measures of Variation|
|The Normal Distribution|
|Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution Chapter Review Extended Application: Statistics in the Law - The Castaneda Decision|
|Basic Properties of Markov Chains|
|Regular Markov Chains|
|Absorbing Markov Chains Chapter Review Extended Application: A Markov Chain Model for Teacher Retention|
|Strictly Determined Games|
|Game Theory and Linear Programming Chapter Review Extended Application: The Prisoner's Dilemma - Non-Zero-Sum Games in Economic?|
|Table Area under a Normal Curv?|
|Answers to Selected Exercises Photo Acknowledgements Inde?|
|Special Topics to Accompany Finite Mathematics (TBC)|
|Digraphs and Networks Graphs and Digraphs Dominance Graphs Communication Graphs Networks Review Exercises|
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