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Presenting a basic, arithmetic-based approach, CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGES, 17E uses step-by-step development of concepts, hands-on practice exercises, and real-world application of techniques to effectively prepare students for careers in business. Practical skill-building applications are emphasized throughout as the text progresses, from the most basic to more complex business math topics. Numerous problems and examples are taken from actual businesses. Self-check features such as end-of-section Concept Checks, end-of-chapter Bottom Lines, and end-of-chapter Review Problems enable students to test their understanding before advancing to other topics or completing assignments. CengageNOW offers an online homework solution option with fully algorithmic end-of-chapter problems students can use to drill again and again to build their math confidence.

James E. Deitz, Past President of Heald Colleges

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, San Francisco State University

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.
  • Concept Checks: At the end of the section for each Learning Objective, a Concept Check reinforces students' understanding of that particular Learning Objective. These self-checks ensure students have a solid understanding of chapter concepts before they progress to more advanced material.
  • Math Drills: New to the 17th edition, CengageNOW now offers fully algorithmic end-of-chapter problems that students can use to drill again and again, offering endless practice for areas where they might be struggling and helping them maximize their course success.
  • Bottom Line: This end-of-chapter feature ties each Learning Objective to self-test problems (with answers), enabling students 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 in Appendix B.
  • Step-by-Step Problem-Solving Approach: Short, concise text sections are followed by examples with step-by-step solutions. Students learn mathematical concepts by immediately applying practical solutions to common business problems. They also improve their problem-solving skills by studying the way example problems are worked out.
  • Numerous 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 real life.
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 Problems.
Appendix B: Answers to Self-Check Review Problems.
Appendix C: Fundamental Processes.
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Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305579071
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content, create multiple test versions in an instant, and deliver tests from your LMS, in your classroom, or through CengageNOW.


ISBN: 9781305578999
The companion website for Deitz/Southam's Business Mathematics for Colleges, 17E, provides updated PowerPoints, tests in Word format, and the special supplement "Math in Employment Tests." You'll also find Excel exercises, spreadsheet templates to give students practice with both mathematics and spreadsheet software.