For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical Literacy in Today's World

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-12-09
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman
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For All Practical Purposes (FAPP) remains the leading textbook for turning liberal arts students into skilled math users and consumers. The text conveys the power of mathematics by presenting expert coverage of applied math concepts in fields as diverse as manufacturing and distribution, politics, the economy, architecture, technology, and the natural world, accompanied by classic and contemporary examples and exercises.
The COMAP approach presented in FAPP makes contemporary mathematical ideas exciting, relevant, and fun. The text motivates students to think about and appreciate how math affects the world around them. Students learn the basics of management science, statistics, finance, game theory, voting, and other topics in a relatable context, developing the knowledge and skills that will benefit them in future courses, their careers, and their lives.
The new edition maintains the strengths that have kept this text a best-seller while also including new examples, new exercises, new pedagogy, and enhanced media tools for students and instructors to support the teaching and learning goals.

Table of Contents

Part I: Management Science
Chapter 1: Urban Services
Chapter 2: Business Efficiency
Chapter 3: Planning and Scheduling
Chapter 4: Linear Programming
Part II: Statistics: The Science of Data
Chapter 5: Exploring Data: Distributions
Chapter 6: Exploring Data: Relationships
Chapter 7: Data for Decisions
Chapter 8: Probability: the Mathematics of Chance
Part III: Voting and Social Choice
Chapter 9: Social Choice: The Impossible Dream
Chapter 10: The Manipulability of Voting Systems
Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems
Chapter 12: Electing the President
Part IV: Fairness and Game Theory
Chapter 13: Fair Division
Chapter 14: Apportionment
Chapter 15: Game Theory: The Mathematics of Competition
Part V: The Digital Revolution
Chapter 16: Identification Numbers
Chapter 17: Information Science
Part VI: On Size and Growth
Chapter 18: Growth and Form
Chapter 19: Symmetry and Patterns
Chapter 20: Tilings
Part VII: Your Money and Resources
Chapter 21: Savings Models
Chapter 22: Borrowing Models
Chapter 23: The Economics of Resources

These additional chapters are available through custom publishing, the text's Online Study Center, and MathPortal:

  • Sets
  • Problem Solving
  • Logic
  • Geometry
  • Counting and Probability
  • Numeration Systems
  • Personal Finance

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