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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.
ISBN 0-13-014547-5

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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 easy-to-understand, 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. ___

Table of Contents
    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.


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