
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.
Cloth
ISBN 0137418779

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A text for finite mathematics courses taught to first
and secondyear 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 14); the second part is devoted
to probability and statistics (chapters 57); the third covers topics
utilizing the ideas of first two parts (chapters 810); 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.
NEW—The use of technology is optional
in this text, however, many topics can be enhanced by graphing utilities.
 Wherever relevant, students are shown how to use a graphing
tool (TIspecific) to assist in understanding fundamental concepts.
NEW—Each chapter ends with a Review of
Fundamental Concepts—questions that help the student recall
and focus on key concepts of the chapter.
NEW—Incorporates new exercises and applications
throughout the text.
NEW—An optional section on the graphical
representation and interpretation of data begins the chapter on
statistics.
NEW—Method of Least Squares—The
presentation of straight lines has been extended to include leastsquares
fits to incorporate real data.
NEW—An optional section on simulation
has been added to the chapter on probability.
NEW—Includes actual examples and questions
from CPA, GMAT, and GRE Economics exams.
NEW—Enhanced Software—The highquality
and userfriendly version of Explorations in Finite Mathematics,
(this is packaged in the Student's Solutions Manual) has been expanded
to include a routine that calculates leastsquares and helps students
visualize the meaning of a best fit.
NEW—Excel tutorials and projects located on
the PH companion website.
FEATURES
Realistic applications illustrate the uses of finite
mathematics in other disciplines. The applications are used to motivate
mathematics wherever possible.
 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
limitation.
(chapter 3)
The many worked examples include computational details
to enhance student comprehension.
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.
 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.
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.
1. Linear Equations and Straight Lines.
2. Matrices.
3. Linear Programming, A Geometric Approach.
4. The Simplex Method.
5. Sets and Counting.
6. Probability.
7. Probability and Statistics.
8. Markov Processes.
9. The Theory of Games.
10. The Mathematics of Finance.
11. Difference Equations and Mathematical Models.
12. Logic.
13. Graphs.
Appendix A: Tables.
Appendix B: Using the TI82 and TI83 Graphing Calculators.
Answers to Exercises.
Index.
