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College Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences, 8/e

Raymond A. Barnett, Emeritus, Merritt College
Michael R. Ziegler, Marquette University
Karl E. Byleen, Marquette University

Published August, 1998 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1999, 1138 pp.
ISBN 0-13-079768-5

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For freshman/sophomore, 2 semester/2-3 quarter courses covering finite mathematics and calculus for students in the departments of business, economics, social sciences, or life sciences. This mid-level text covers mathematics of finance, linear algebra, linear programming, probability, and descriptive statistics, with an emphasis on cross-discipline principles and practices. Designed to be student-friendly and accessible, it develops a thorough, functional understanding of mathematical concepts in preparation for their application in other areas. Coverage concentrates on developing concepts and ideas followed immediately by developing computational skills and problem solving.


NEW—More optional technology examples and exercises—Using real data.

  • Develops students' mechanical skills and increases their depth of understanding.
NEW—Two group activities end each chapter—One involves technology.
  • Involves students in a number of concepts covered in the chapter.
NEW—Reorganized appendix with added Explore-Discuss elements.
  • Enables instructors to easily cover appendix topics in class.
NEW—Optional regression analysis—Includes graphing calculator and spreadsheet output.
  • Illustrates one of the basic tools of mathematical modeling with optional examples and exercises, so that students can relate the text topics to the real world. Ex.__
Large variety of up-to-date applications—Uses simplified versions of real models.
  • Convinces most students that mathematics is interesting and useful in the real worlds of business, economics, life sciences, and social sciences.
Over 400 numbered worked examples—Many with lettered parts.
  • Illustrates each concept with one or more examples.
“Matched” problem follows each example—With an answer near the end of the section.
  • Actively involves students in the learning process and increases understanding of concepts and mechanics.
Over 5600 carefully selected and graded problems—Divided into A, B, and C levels of difficulty in each problem set.
  • Helps students to develop skills that involve routine, some theory and the most difficult mechanics.
Topic selection, coverage, and organization—From the course outlines and catalogs of many major colleges and universities.
  • Provides students with the essential mathematical tools needed to effectively pursue courses of study in business, economics, life sciences, or social sciences.
Algebra review in Appendix A.
  • Supplies a convenient reference to reinforce the essential skills necessary for success.
Emphasis on the construction of mathematical models—Especially in linear systems and linear programming.
  • Gives students a thorough introduction to this very important topic.
Thorough treatment of linear programming—Includes simplex; dual and big M methods utilizing slack; surplus; and artificial variables.
  • Introduces students to applications where the solution of the mathematical model must be carefully interpreted to find the solution of the real-world problem.
Explore-Discuss boxes—Interspersed in every section.
  • Encourages students to think about a relationship or process before a result is stated, or investigate additional consequences of a development in the text, so that they can better participate in the learning process and discussion—both in and out of class.
Optional graphing activities throughout—Includes accompanying discussions, examples, or portions of examples solved on a graphing utility.
  • Demonstrates clearly identified examples and exercises related to graphic calculators and computers, illustrations of applications of spreadsheets, and sample computer output.
Website features Excel projects based on the text content.
  • Provides students with a valuable resource and interactive tool to enhance the learning process and their understanding of the material covered.

Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Review and Group Activities.) I. A LIBRARY OF ELEMENTARY FUNCTIONS.
    1. A Beginning Library of Elementary Functions.
    2. Additional Elementary Functions.

    3. Mathematics of Finance.
    4. Systems of Linear Equations; Matrices.
    5. Linear Inequalities and Linear Programming.
    6. Probability.
    7. Markov Chains.
    8. The Derivative.
    9. Graphing and Optimization.
    10. Additional Derivative Topics.
    11. Integration.
    12. Additional Integration Topics.
    13. Multivariable Calculus.
    Appendix A: Basic Algebra Review.
    Appendix B: Special Topics.
    Appendix C: Tables.
    Library of Elementary Functions.
    Applications Index.


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