Higher Education

Contemporary Business Mathematics for Colleges, 16th Edition

  • includes Printed Access Card
  • James E. Deitz Past President of Heald Colleges
  • James L. Southam San Francisco State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111821321  |  ISBN-13: 9781111821326
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2013 | Published
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CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS MATH FOR COLLEGES, 16TH EDITION presents a basic, arithmetic-based approach to business math. It emphasizes practical skill-building to prepare students for careers in business through step-by-step development of concepts, numerous practice exercises, and real-world application of techniques. The text progresses from the most basic to more complex business math topics. Additional assets to help students gain confidence in mathematics such tutorials, video clips, and more are available on the companion website.

Features and Benefits

  • Concept Checks: At the end of the section for each Learning Objective is a Concept Check to reinforce student's understanding of that particular Learning Objective.
  • Bottom Line: This end-of-chapter feature ties each Learning Objective to self-test problems (with answers). Students will have the opportunity to check whether they have mastered the chapter's key skills before moving on to the assignments.
  • Self-Check Review Problems: Located at the end of each chapter, these problems provide yet another opportunity for students to test themselves before completing the end-of-chapter assignments. Answers are provided at the end of the text, Appendix B.
  • Step-by-Step Problem-Solving Approach: Short, concise text sections are followed by examples with step-by-step solutions. Students will learn mathematical concepts by immediately applying practical solutions to common business problems, and will improve their problem-solving skills by studying the way example problems are worked out.
  • Business Examples and Problems: Abundant practical business problems and examples from a variety of businesses help students better relate to the material and see how it applies to modern life.

Table of Contents

1. Fractions.
2. Decimals.
3. Word Problems and Equations.
4. International Weights and Measures.
5. Percents.
6. Commissions.
7. Discounts.
8. Markup.
9. Banking.
10. Payroll Records.
11. Taxes.
12. Insurance.
13. Simple Interest.
14. Installments Purchases.
15. Promissory Notes and Discounting.
16. Compound Interest.
17. Inventory and Turnover.
18. Depreciation.
19. Financial Statements.
20. International Business.
21. Corporate Stocks.
22. Corporate and Government Bonds.
23. Annuities.
24. Business Statistics.
Appendix A: Answers to Odd-Numbered Problem.
Appendix B: Answers to Self-Check Review Problems.
Appendix C: Fundamental Processes.

What's New

  • The material has been refined throughout and reorganized when necessary to enhance learning.
  • New! Chapter 4, International Weights and Measures.
  • New! Expanded coverage in Chapter 3, Word Problems and Equations.
  • New! Appendix C, Fundamental Processes.
  • New! Enhanced Chapter 9, Banking.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"I especially like the easy to follow, step-by-step approach with examples. The variety of reinforcement exercises at the end of the chapter (Assignments) provides the extra reinforcement necessary to instill the concepts."

— Linda Davis, Copiah-Lincoln Community College

"I think this is the best book I have ever used, and here are the reasons why: 1. Easy to use for ESL students and students with special needs. 2. Each page isn't overwhelming; students are not beaten before they start the course. 3. Self-test, and problems that give the answers (self-help). 4. Test banks for the instructor. 5. Excel problems."

— Dr. Wanda J. Flowers, Enterprise State Community College


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

James E. Deitz

James E. Deitz applies both a thorough understanding of effective education and practical business knowledge to his latest edition of CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGES. The author of several textbooks and an educator for more than 35 years, Dr. Deitz held professorships with UCLA and Los Angeles State College as well as a long-standing position as president of Heald Colleges. An active member of the business community, Dr. Deitz is a recognized international speaker and has served on regional educational accrediting commissions. Currently he serves on the Dominican University of California Board of Trustees and the Bank of Marin Board of Directors. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Memphis State University and Doctorate of Education from UCLA.

James L. Southam

James L. Southam has a diverse background of professional, educational, and teaching experience in business and mathematics. His 40 years of teaching experience includes San Francisco State University College of Business, California State University, Stanislaus, Southern Oregon College, Oregon State University, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Both domestically and internationally, Dr. Southam has participated in business ventures, served as a business consultant, and is a successful author. In addition, he is a member of the San Francisco State University Athletics Hall of Fame. Dr. Southam holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics education from Southern Oregon College, a Ph.D. in mathematics from Oregon State University, an MBA in finance from University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from University of California, Hasting.