Higher Education

Mathematics: Its Power and Utility, 9th Edition

  • Karl Smith Santa Rosa Junior College
  • ISBN-10: 0495389137  |  ISBN-13: 9780495389132
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2006, 2003
  • © 2009 | Published
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Overview

MATHEMATICS: ITS POWER AND UTILITY, 9e, combines a uniquely practical focus on real-world problem solving with a thorough and effective grounding in basic concepts and skills, allowing even the least-interested or worst-prepared student to appreciate the beauty and value of math while mastering course material. The first section of the book explores the power and historic impact of mathematics and helps students harness that power by developing an effective approach to problem solving. The second section builds on this foundation by applying math concepts to a wide variety of real-life situations--including money management; handling of credit cards; inflation; purchase of a car or home; use of probability, statistics, and surveys; and many more topics of interest to students. Unlike many introductory texts, MATHEMATICS: ITS POWER AND UTILITY, 9e, assumes only a basic working knowledge of arithmetic, making it effective even for students with no exposure to algebra; and completely self-contained chapters make it easy to teach to a customized syllabus or support the precise pace and emphasis that students require.

Features and Benefits

  • The text provides a uniquely practical introduction to the subject by focusing on real-world applications and skills students can use in everyday life, including solving word problems such as gas mileage and price comparisons, estimating effectively, and developing a reliable "money sense" for handling matters like credit cards and mortgages.
  • Nonmajors may find math intimidating or unappealing, but Smith overcomes students' resistance to the subject with a readable style and practical approach that masterfully convey both the inherent beauty and everyday usefulness of mathematics.
  • "In Your Own Words" problems promote communication and critical-thinking skills by having students express key mathematical concepts in their own words. "What Is Wrong?" problems highlight common mistakes to help students recognize, understand, and overcome them.
  • The text includes completely self-contained chapters, offering maximum flexibility to support instructors' preferred course syllabi, varied teaching methods, and the most appropriate pace and presentation to address students' specific needs.
  • Each section of the text includes a uniform problem set, with 60 drill problems and application problems categorized by difficulty level, allowing instructors to easily establish standard assignments and adopt a consistent approach for the entire course.

Table of Contents

Part I: FOUNDATIONS: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICS.
1. ARITHMETIC, CALCULATORS, AND PROBLEM SOLVING.
Math Anxiety. Formulating the Problem. Fractions and Decimals. Rounding and Estimation. Exponents and Prime Factorization. Common Fractions. Adding and Subtracting Fractions. Hindu-Arabic Numeration System. Different Numeration Systems. Summary and Review.
2. SETS OF NUMBERS.
Symbol Shock. Addition of Integers. Subtraction of Integers. Multiplication of Integers. Division of Integers. Rational and Irrational Numbers. Summary and Review.
3. INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA.
Polynomials. Similar Terms. Simplification. Equations. Solving Equations. Problem Solving with Algebra. Inequalities. Summary and Review.
4. PERCENTS AND PROBLEM SOLVING.
Ratio and Proportion. Problem Solving with Proportions. Percent. Problem Solving with Percents. Summary and Review.
5. INTRODUCTION TO GEOMETRY.
Euclidean Geometry. Polygons and Angles. Triangles. Similar Triangles. Summary and Review.
6. MEASUREMENT AND PROBLEM SOLVING.
Precision, Accuracy, and Estimation. Perimeter. Area. Volume and Capacity. Miscellaneous Measurements. Converting Units. Summary and Review.
Part II: APPLICATIONS: THE UTILITY OF MATHEMATICS.
7. APPLICATIONS OF PERCENT.
Discount, Sale Price, Sales Tax. Simple Interest. Buying On Credit. Credit Card Interest. Compound Interest. Buying a Home. Summary and Review.
8. SETS AND LOGIC.
Introduction to Sets. Subsets. Operations with Sets. Venn Diagrams. Survey Problems Using Sets. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning. Summary and Review.
9. PROBABILITY.
Introduction to Probability. Probability Models. Odds and Conditional Probability. Mathematical Expectation. Summary and Review.
10. STATISTICS.
Frequency Distributions and Graphs. Measures of Central Tendency. Measures of Position. Measures of Dispersion. The Normal Curve and Sampling. Summary and Review.
11. GRAPHS.
Ordered Pairs and the Cartesian Coordinate System. Functions. Lines. Systems and Inequalities. Graphing Curves. Summary and Review.
Appendices.
Glossary.
Tables.
Answers to Selected Problems.
Index.

What's New

  • The ninth edition features a greatly expanded selection of application problems, ensuring that every section includes these popular, proven teaching tools. The additional problems notably reinforce Part I of the text, making it easy to effectively introduce fundamental mathematical concepts and skills students can build on throughout the course.
  • "In This World: Problem of the Day" problems now support every section of the text, exploring key mathematical ideas while clearly demonstrating their immediate relevance through practical real-world examples that students can understand and appreciate.
  • Each chapter summary and review includes a thorough list of "Essential Ideas" with references to the section (and to one or more problems in the section) that illustrate and clarify the concept. A list of learning outcomes details objectives for each section. These lists help students review effectively for quizzes and exams and help instructors summarize instructional goals and prepare lectures and assignments.
  • The beginning of each chapter now has a brief table of contents and a list of tips and ideas titled "Anticipate."
  • The new edition of the text is designed for easy and complete integration with the powerful, innovative learning system Enhanced WebAssign®. WebAssign®, the most widely used homework system in higher education, allows you to assign, collect, grade, and record homework assignments via the Web. Through a partnership between WebAssign® and Brooks/Cole, this proven homework system has been enhanced to include links to textbook sections, video examples, and problem-specific tutorials.

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IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Liberal Arts Math & Teacher Math, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: Mathematical Excursions, Topics in Contemporary Mathematics, Elementary Technical Mathematics, Mathematics for Teachers or Math for Liberal Arts. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign combines exceptional mathematics content with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and an interactive, fully customizable eBook, Cengage YouBook helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. This access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If you need to retake the course and your instructor is using the same book AND edition then you will not need to buy a new code. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not certain this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Karl Smith

Karl Smith is professor emeritus at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. He has written over 36 mathematics textbooks and believes that students can learn mathematics if it is presented to them through the use of concrete examples designed to develop original thinking, abstraction, and problem-solving skills. Over one million students have learned mathematics from Karl Smith's textbooks.