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 ideasUses illustrations
and simple ideas rather than formulas and generalities to explain
Give students easy-to-understand, concrete explanations
of mathematical concepts.
Essential information and conceptsPresents all
the essentials without excessive material.
Provides students with all they need to know without
overwhelming them with material. Ex. ___
Mathematics EncountersCovers 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 historyIntegrated throughout the text wherever
Gives students a sense of context. Ex. ___
NotessectionFollows 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. ___
AppendixReviews basic arithmetic concepts and
Provides students with a source of quick review, allowing
them to strengthen weak areas and enhancing their understanding of
more difficult concepts. Ex. ___
Allows instructors to choose and arrange course material
as it suits them. Ex. ___
Provides students with an affordable liberal arts math
text. Ex. ___
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.