
Mathematics for the Liberal Arts Student, 1/e
Fred Richman, Florida Atlantic University
Robert J. Wisner, New Mexico State University
Carol L. Walker, New Mexico State Univesity
James W. Brewer, Florida Atlantic University
Published July, 1999 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 2000, 386 pp.
Paper
ISBN 0130145475

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For undergraduate courses in Liberal Arts Mathematics.
This text communicates the spirit of mathematics by means
of simple ideas and problems, emphasizing exploration rather than
drill. Its accessible approach encourages appreciation of mathematics
and is ideal for students with weak backgrounds, yet is interesting
enough to involve any student.
Illustrations and simple ideas—Uses illustrations
and simple ideas rather than formulas and generalities to explain
math concepts.
 Give students easytounderstand, concrete explanations
of mathematical concepts.
Essential information and concepts—Presents all
the essentials without excessive material.
 Provides students with all they need to know without
overwhelming them with material. Ex. ___
Mathematics Encounters—Covers subjects ranging
from converting between Fahrenheit and centigrade to collapsing compasses.
 Provides students with the opportunity to explore practical
applications of mathematics and interesting problems.
Math history—Integrated throughout the text wherever
relevant.
 Gives students a sense of context. Ex. ___
Notes section—Follows each chapter and
includes explanatory, speculative, and historical asides.
 Provides students with interesting facts and biographical
information on major mathematicians, putting a humanizing face
on the people behind the theories. Ex. ___
Appendix—Reviews basic arithmetic concepts and
notations.
 Provides students with a source of quick review, allowing
them to strengthen weak areas and enhancing their understanding of
more difficult concepts. Ex. ___
Independent chapters
 Allows instructors to choose and arrange course material
as it suits them. Ex. ___
Inexpensive text.
 Provides students with an affordable liberal arts math
text. Ex. ___
1. Counting.
2. Probability.
3. Statistics.
4. Geometry.
5. Logic.
6. Exponential Growth.
7. An Average Chapter.
8. What Are Natural Numbers Made Of?
9. Changing Bases.
10. Clock Arithmetic.
11. Secret Writing.
12. Infinite Sets.
13. Number Theory Selections.
Appendix A: Mathematics Encounters.
Appendix B: Notation and Arithmetic.
Index.
