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MindTap® Economics, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Arnold's Economics, 12th Edition

  • Roger A. Arnold California State University, San Marcos
  • ISBN-10: 1305396715  |  ISBN-13: 9781305396715
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $126.00
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Known for setting the standard on updated content, Arnold’s 12th Edition also blazes the trail for providing unequaled media and study assets. The author strives to offer media assets that give you the ultimate teaching flexibility. Concept Clips, Video Questions, Office Hours, and Progression Graphs are just a few examples of how this text and digital package takes students to another level of media integration.



MindTap™ Economics for Arnold's Economics, 12th Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie cutter into cutting edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

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Features and Benefits

  • Control what content students see and when they see it with a learning path that can be used as-is or matched to your syllabus exactly.
  • Create a unique learning path of relevant readings, multimedia and activities that move students up the learning taxonomy from basic knowledge and comprehension to analysis, application and critical thinking.
  • Integrate your own content into the MindTap Reader using your own documents or pull from sources like RSS feeds, YouTube videos, websites, googledocs and more.
  • Use powerful analytics and reports that provide a snapshot of class progress, time in course, engagement and completion.
  • Empower students with the information to know where they stand at all times – both individually and compared to the highest performers in class.
  • Help students stay organized and efficient with a single destination that reflects exactly what's important to you, the instructor.
  • Automatically grade assignments and quizzes.

Content and Assets

The MindTap Learning Path guides students through readings, multimedia, and activities designed to follow the learning taxonomy from basic knowledge and comprehension up to analysis and application. By hiding, rearranging, or adding your own content, you control what students see and when they see it and match the Learning Path to your course syllabus exactly.

Book level:
Math and Graphing Tutorial (from Aplia).
Chapter level:
Chapter 1:
In line Reader.
Working with Diagram video (Practice).
Video Questions and Problems (Practice).
Video Office Hours.
End of Chapter Homework (via Aplia).
Aplia Homework.
Chapter 2:
In line Reader.
Working with Diagram video (Practice).
Video Questions and Problems (Practice).
Video Office Hours.
Adaptive Test Prep.
End of Chapter Homework (via Aplia).
Aplia Homework.
Chapter 3:
In line Reader.
Working with Diagram video (Practice).
Video Questions and Problems (Practice).
Video Office Hours.
End of Chapter Homework (via Aplia).
Aplia Homework.
……Chapter 36:
In line Reader.
Working with Diagram video (Practice).
Video Questions and Problems (Practice).
Video Office Hours.
End of Chapter Homework (via Aplia).
Aplia Homework.
Chapter 37-39 (Web chapters):
In line Reader.
Video Questions and Problems (Practice).
Video Office Hours.
End of Chapter Homework (via Aplia).
Aplia Homework.
Appendix: Behaviorial & Environmental Economics Video Series.

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  • Printed Access Card

    ISBN-10: 130539674X | ISBN-13: 9781305396746

    List Price = $126.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $94.50

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Roger A. Arnold

Dr. Roger A. Arnold is Professor of Economics at California State University San Marcos, where his fields of specialization include general microeconomic theory and monetary theory. A widely respected authority on economic issues, Dr. Arnold is a regularly featured expert on talk radio discussing the state of the economy. He is also a proven author, who has written numerous academic articles, hundreds of newspaper columns, as well as the popular ECONOMICS: NEW WAYS OF THINKING and principles of macroeconomics supplementary text, HOW TO THINK LIKE AN ECONOMIST. Dr. Arnold has been a member of the economics faculty at California State University Northridge, University of Oklahoma, Hillsdale College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and California State University San Marcos. He served as chair of the economics department for two years at University of Nevada Las Vegas and for seven years at California State University San Marcos. He is currently chair of the economics department at California State University San Marcos. During his tenure at UNLV he was regularly one of the top five finalists for the teacher of the year honor (in the College of Business and Economics), and in 1987 he received the best researcher of the year award. Dr. Arnold earned a B.S. in Economics in 1974 from the University of Birmingham in England and received his M.A. in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


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Key Digital Features

Digital Solutions | Adaptive Test Prep | Progression Graphs

Digital Solutions

The ‘New’ Aplia

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What is it?
Aplia is the most successful and widely used homework solution in the Economics market. Online interactive problem sets, analyses, tutorials, experiments, and critical-thinking exercises give students hands-on application without adding to instructors’ workload. Based on discovery learning, Aplia requires students to take an active role in the learning process—helping them improve their economic understanding and ability to relate to the economic concepts presented. Instructors can assign homework that is automatically graded and recorded.

What’s New?
Arnold’s 12th Edition includes a fully interactive eReader embedded in the Aplia product. This new approach combines the functionality you and your students are coming to expect from a modern eReader (text search, highlighting, note-taking) with our exclusive embedded media.

  • An optimized iPad experience, allowing students to access content on their mobile devices anywhere and anytime.
  • Improved graphing with better graph precision, a new fill-area tool, and an improved shifter tool.
  • Expanded partial credit and task level grading – providing feedback to students at the task level in addition to the problem level for more granular and incremental guidance to coach students where they need it most.
  • Closer alignment between the end-of-chapter questions and Aplia homework.
  • End of Chapter Assignments, along with the traditional Aplia assignments that have previously been available, are now delivered in the Aplia format with graphing functionality.

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Write Experience

Cengage Learning’s Write Experience allows you to assess written communication skills without adding to your workload. Instructors have told us it’s important that students can write effectively in order to communicate and think critically about economics. Write Experience uses artificial intelligence to score student writing instantly and accurately, as well as provide students with detailed revision goals and feedback on their writing to help them improve.

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Adaptive Test Prep

NEW!  Adaptive Test Prep -- Only available in MindTap -- Adaptive where it counts!

The new Adaptive Test Prep App helps students prepare for test success by allowing them to generate multiple practice tests across chapters.

The program grades practice tests and indicates the areas that have or have not been mastered.

Students are presented with an Adaptive Study Plan that has a series of highly targeted remediation resources, including "Teachable Moment" videos created by the author. This allows students to better assess their level of understanding of the course material prior to the exam.
The Adaptive Study Plan also takes students directly to pertinent pages in the text where practice question materials are referenced.

Students also receive a robust explanation of the problem and a video ConceptClip, where appropriate.

Progression Graphs

NEW! Progression Graphs – Available in both MindTap and Aplia!

Many economic graphs have been digitally enhanced in the Arnold, 12e eReader using our new Progression Graph technology.

Progression Graphs decompose each graphical exhibit into several layers while still maintaining a rich, economic pedagogy.

NOW with Progression Graph functionality, students can work at their own pace in order to see a complex graph being built step-by-step.