Thinking Mathematically, 1/e
Robert E. Blitzer, Miami-Dade Community College
Coming December, 1999 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 2000, 950 pp.
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Liberal Arts Mathematics-Mathematics
For a one-/two-term course in liberal arts mathematics,
or survey of mathematics.
More than any other course/text, Liberal Arts Math depends
on strong engaging applications. Bob Blitzer's books are highly acclaimed
for their well conceived, relevant applications. Combine the two and
you get Thinking Mathematically. This highly anticipated first
edition achieves the difficult balance between coverage and motivation
while helping students develop strong problem-solving skills. Blitzer's
examples, problems and applications foster both an appreciation and
understanding of mathematics and encourage students to take the math
a step further into their everyday lives. Blitzer's use of current
data and examples drawn from real life are used to develop key mathematical
concepts, as well as reduce math anxiety in students. Thinking Mathematically
also integrates information on technology useful to students throughout.
Graphing calculators, spreadsheets, and the Internet are all covered
along with tips on using technology and optional technology-based
exercises found in each Chapter. This book provides students with
the skill building and practice so crucial at this level as well as
the applications and technology necessary to foster an appreciation
of the myriad uses of mathematics as they go forward in their college
careers and beyond.
Excellent applications using current data on topics of
interest to studentsIntroduce and develop key mathematical
Exceptionally clear and accessible presentation.
- Students are able to see the relevancy and uses of mathematics
increasing their appreciation for the significance of key concepts.
Detailed, step-by-step examples are givenNo steps
are omitted and each step is clearly explained.
- Blitzer is a truly gifted writer who makes sure that
students will grasp the material.
Study TipsOffer suggestions for solving exercises,
point out common student errors, and provide informal tips. These
invaluable hints appear in abundance throughout the text.
- Well done step by step examples help students through
sticking points that can cause the student's enthusiasm
to wane during assignments and studying.
Extensive and well-organized exercise setsFound
at the end of each section. Exercise sets are organized into six categories
to make it easy for instructors to select exercises in a manner that
is consistent with their vision of the course. Each exercise set contains
a broad range of simple, intermediate, and challenging exercises.
The six categories include:
Writing in Mathematics.
Critical Thinking Exercises.
Group Activity Exercises.
Enrichment EssaysThese essays explore the ways
in which mathematics both shapes and clarifies the world around us.
Topics ranging from Ratios in Baseball to Junkmail and Conditional
Trickery make it clear that math not only surrounds us but can be
fascinating to people who aren't necessarily mathematicians.
MathPak/WebsiteProvides an integrated learning
environment linking the text with key supplements and web-based materials.
Students are able to get the most out time spent studying because
MathPak puts all of the text's support material at their fingertips.
(see supplements page)
1. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
2. Set Theory.
4. Number Representation and Calculation.
5. Number Theory and the Real Number System.
6. Equations and Inequalities.
7. Graphs, Functions, and Linear Systems.
8. Consumer Mathematics and Financial Management.
11. Probability Theory.
13. Mathematical Systems.