Finite Mathematics and Its Applications, 6/e
Larry J. Goldstein, Drexel University
David I. Schneider, University of Maryland
Martha J. Siegel, Towson University
Published August, 1997 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 1998, 613 pp.
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A text for finite mathematics courses taught to first-
and second-year college students, especially those majoring in business
and the social and biological sciences. This tried and true
text offers an extremely readable coverage of the principles of finite
mathematics and their application in business, social science, and
the life sciences. The book divides naturally into four parts. The
first part consists of linear mathematics: linear equations, matrices,
and linear programming (chapters 1-4); the second part is devoted
to probability and statistics (chapters 5-7); the third covers topics
utilizing the ideas of first two parts (chapters 8-10); and the fourth
covers topics from discrete mathematics sometimes included in the
modern finite mathematics curriculum. In revising this book, the authors
incorporated a wide range of topics from which the instructor may
design a curriculum, as well as a high degree of flexibility in the
order in which the topics may be presented.
NEWThe use of technology is optional
in this text, however, many topics can be enhanced by graphing utilities.
NEWEach chapter ends with a Review of
Fundamental Conceptsquestions that help the student recall
and focus on key concepts of the chapter.
- Wherever relevant, students are shown how to use a graphing
tool (TI-specific) to assist in understanding fundamental concepts.
NEWIncorporates new exercises and applications
throughout the text.
NEWAn optional section on the graphical
representation and interpretation of data begins the chapter on
NEWMethod of Least SquaresThe
presentation of straight lines has been extended to include least-squares
fits to incorporate real data.
NEWAn optional section on simulation
has been added to the chapter on probability.
NEWIncludes actual examples and questions
from CPA, GMAT, and GRE Economics exams.
NEWEnhanced SoftwareThe high-quality
and user-friendly version of Explorations in Finite Mathematics,
(this is packaged in the Student's Solutions Manual) has been expanded
to include a routine that calculates least-squares and helps students
visualize the meaning of a best fit.
NEWExcel tutorials and projects located on
the PH companion website.
Realistic applications illustrate the uses of finite
mathematics in other disciplines. The applications are used to motivate
mathematics wherever possible.
The many worked examples include computational details
to enhance student comprehension.
- The Index of Applications allows students to reference
the wide variety of applications.
- For example, the concept of linear programming is introduced
via a discussion of production options for a factory with a labor
More than 2200 exercises.
Interesting and more challenging applications are included
at the end of the exercise sets.
Carefully selected practice problems are located at the
end of each section just before the exercise set.
Due to the great variation in student preparation, prerequisites
are kept to a minimum. Furthermore, topics that tend to cause problems
for students are reviewed as needed.
- Complete solution follow the exercise sets.
- The practice problems often focus on points that have
proven to be potentially confusing or are likely to be overlooked.
1. Linear Equations and Straight Lines.
3. Linear Programming, A Geometric Approach.
4. The Simplex Method.
5. Sets and Counting.
7. Probability and Statistics.
8. Markov Processes.
9. The Theory of Games.
10. The Mathematics of Finance.
11. Difference Equations and Mathematical Models.
Appendix A: Tables.
Appendix B: Using the TI-82 and TI-83 Graphing Calculators.
Answers to Exercises.