9781319050726

Quantitative Literacy: Thinking Between the Lines (Cloth Text)

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    9781319050726

  • ISBN10:

    1319050727

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-12-15
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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Summary

Quantitative Literacy fully prepares students to be informed consumers of quantitative information with coverage that neatly balances discussions of ideas with computational practice. Through a wide range of examples and applications, the authors show students that they use math in their everyday lives more than they realize, and that learning math takes palce in real-world contexts. Students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills to make intelligent decisions about regarding money, voting and politics, health issues, and much more.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Critical Thinking


1.1 Public policy and Simpsonís paradox: Is "average" always average?


1.2 Logic and informal fallacies: Does that argument hold water?


1.3 Formal logic and truth tables: Do computers think?


1.4 Sets and Venn diagrams: Pictorial logic


1.5 Critical thinking and number sense: What do these figures mean?



Chapter 2: Analysis of Growth


2.1 Measurements of growth: How fast is it changing?


2.2 Graphs: Picturing growth


2.3 Misleading graphs: Should I believe my eyes?



Chapter 3: Linear and Exponential Change: Comparing Growth Rates


3.1 Lines and linear growth: What does a constant rate mean?


3.2 Exponential growth and decay: Constant percentage rates


3.3 Logarithmic phenomena: Compressed scales


3.4 Quadratics and parabolas



Chapter 4: Personal Finance


4.1 Saving money: The power of compounding


4.2 Borrowing: How much car can you afford?


4.3 Saving for the long term: Build that nest egg


4.4 Credit cards: Paying off consumer debt


4.5 Inflation, taxes, and stocks: Managing your money



Chapter 5: Introduction to Probability


5.1 Calculating probabilities: How likely is it?


5.2 Medical testing and conditional probability: Ill or not?


5.3 Counting and theoretical probabilities: How many?


5.4 More ways of counting: Permuting and combining


5.5 Expected value and the law of large numbers: Donít bet on it



Chapter 6: Statistics


6.1 Data summary and presentation: Boiling down the numbers


6.2 The normal distribution: Why the bell curve?


6.3 The statistics of polling: Can we believe the polls?


6.4 Statistical inference and clinical trials: Effective drugs?



Chapter 7: Graph Theory


7.1 Modeling with graphs and finding Euler circuits


7.2 Hamilton circuits and traveling salesmen: Efficient routes


7.3 Trees: Viral e-mails and spell checkers



Chapter 8: Voting and Social Choice


8.1 Measuring voting power: Does my vote count?


8.2 Voting systems: How do we choose a winner?


8.3 Fair division: What is a fair share?


8.4 Apportionment: Am I represented?



Chapter 9: Geometry


9.1 Perimeter, area, and volume: How do I measure?


9.2 Proportionality and similarity: Changing the scale


9.3 Symmetries and tilings: Form and patterns



Appendix 1: Unit Conversion


Appendix 2: Exponents and Scientific Notation


Appendix 3: Calculators, Parentheses, and Rounding


Appendix 4: Basic Math


Appendix 5: Problem Solving


Answers


Credits


Index

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