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# Using and Understanding Mathematics : A Quantitative Reasoning Approach

**by**Bennett, Jeffrey O.; Briggs, William L.

4th

### 9780321227737

0321227735

Hardcover

1/1/2008

Addison Wesley

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## Summary

Most students taking this course do so to fulfill a requirement, but the true benefit of the course is learning how to use and understand mathematics in daily life. This quantitative reasoning text is written expressly for those students, providing them with the mathematical reasoning and quantitative literacy skills they' ll need to make good decisions throughout their lives. Common-sense applications of mathematics engage students while underscoring the practical, essential uses of math.

## Table of Contents

Preface Prologue: Literacy for the Modern Worl | |

Logic and Problem Solving | |

Thinking Critically | |

Recognizing Fallacies | |

Propositions and Truth Values | |

Sets and Venn Diagrams | |

Analyzing Arguments 1E Critical Thinking in Everyday Life | |

Approaches to Problem Solving | |

The Problem-Solving Power of Units | |

Standardized Units: More Problem-Solving Power | |

Problem-Solving Guidelines and Hint | |

Quantitative Information in Everyday Life | |

Numbers in the Real World | |

Uses and Abuses of Percentages | |

Putting Numbers in Perspective | |

Dealing with Uncertainty | |

Index Numbers: The CPI and Beyond | |

How Numbers Deceive: Polygraphs, Mammograms, and More | |

Managing Your Money | |

Taking Control of Your Finances | |

The Power of Compounding | |

Savings Plans and Investments | |

Loan Payments, Credit Cards, and Mortgages | |

Income Taxes | |

Understanding the Federal Budge | |

Probability and Statistics | |

Statistical Reasoning | |

Fundamentals of Statistics | |

Should You Believe a Statistical Study | |

Statistical Tables and Graphs | |

Graphics in the Media | |

Correlation and Causality | |

Putting Statistics to Work | |

Characterizing a Data Distribution | |

Measures of Variation | |

The Normal Distribution | |

Statistical Inference | |

Probability: Living with the Odds | |

Fundamentals of Probability | |

Combining Probabilities | |

The Law of Large Numbers | |

Assessing Risk | |

Counting and Probabilit | |

Modeling | |

Exponential Astonishment | |

Growth: Linear versus Exponential | |

Doubling Time and Half-Life | |

Real Population Growth | |

Logarithmic Scales: Earthquakes, Sounds, and Acids | |

Modeling Our World | |

Functions: The Building Blocks of Mathematical Models | |

Linear Modeling | |

Exponential Modeling | |

Modeling with Geometry | |

Fundamentals of Geometry | |

Problem Solving with Geometry | |

Fractal Geometr | |

Further Applications | |

Mathematics and the Arts | |

Mathematics and Music | |

Perspective and Symmetry | |

Proportion and the Golden Ratio | |

Mathematics and Politics | |

Voting: Does the Majority Always Rule | |

Theory of Voting | |

Apportionment: The House of Representatives and Beyond | |

Dividing the Political Pie | |

Mathematics and Business | |

Network Analysis | |

The Traveling Salesman Problem | |

Scheduling Problem | |

Credits Answers | |

Index | |

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