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Quantitative literacy : thinking between the lines

Author: Bruce Crauder
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman and Co., ©2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Quantitative Literacy shows students that they use math in their everyday lives more than they realize, and that learning math in real-world contexts not only makes it easier to get better grades, but prepares them for decisions they'll face about money, voting and politics, health issues, and much more. The authors draw on a wide range of examples to give students basic mathematical tools- from sports to personal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Problems and exercises
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Crauder
ISBN: 9781464125126 1464125120
OCLC Number: 904282756
Description: xxv, 652, A-20, ANS-21, C-3, I-9 : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Critical Thinking --
2. Analysis Of Growth --
3. Linear And Exponential Change: Comparing Growth Rates --
4. Personal Finance --
5. Introduction To Probability --
6. Statistics --
7. Graph Theory --
8. Voting And Social Choice --
9. Geometry. 1. Critical Thinking --
1.1 Public policy and Simpson's paradox: Is "average" always average? --
1.2 Logic and informal fallacies: Does that argument hold water? --
1.3 Formal logic and truth tables: Do computers think? --
1.4 Sets and Venn diagrams: Pictorial logic --
1.5 Critical thinking and number sense: What do these figures mean? --
2. Analysis Of Growth --
2.1 Measurements of growth: How fast is it changing? --
2.2 Graphs: Picturing growth --
2.3 Misleading graphs: Should I believe my eyes? --
3. Linear And Exponential Change: Comparing Growth Rates --
3.1 Lines and linear growth: What does a constant rate mean? --
3.2 Exponential growth and decay: Constant percentage rates --
3.3 Logarithmic phenomena: Compressed scales --
3.4 Quadratics and parabolas: Foci, vertices, and optimization --
4. Personal Finance --
4.1 Saving money: The power of compounding --
4.2 Borrowing: How much car can you afford? --
4.3 Saving for the long term: Build that nest egg --
4.4 Credit cards: Paying off consumer debt --
4.5 Inflation, taxes, and stocks: Managing your money --
5. Introduction To Probability --
5.1 Calculating probabilities: How likely is it? --
5.2 Medical testing and conditional probability: Ill or not? --
5.3 Counting and theoretical probabilities: How many? --
5.4 More ways of counting: Permuting and combining --
5.5 Expected value and the law of large numbers: Don't bet on it --
6. Statistics --
6.1 Data summary and presentation: Boiling down the numbers --
6.2 The normal distribution: Why the bell curve? --
6.3 The statistics of polling: Can we believe the polls? --
6.4 Statistical inference and clinical trials: Effective drugs? --
7. Graph Theory --
7.1 Modeling with graphs and Euler circuits: Finding efficient routes --
7.2 Hamilton circuits and traveling salesmen: Efficient routes --
7.3 Trees: Viral e-mails and spell checkers --
8. Voting And Social Choice --
8.1 Measuring voting power: Does my vote count? --
8.2 Voting systems: How do we choose a winner? --
8.3 Fair division: What is a fair share? --
8.4 Apportionment: Am I represented? --
9. Geometry --
9.1 Perimeter, area, and volume: How do I measure? --
9.2 Proportionality and similarity: Changing the scale --
9.3 Symmetries and tilings: Form and patterns.
Responsibility: Bruce C. Crauder [and others].
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"Quantitative Literacy shows students that they use math in their everyday lives more than they realize, and that learning math in real-world contexts not only makes it easier to get better grades, but prepares them for decisions they'll face about money, voting and politics, health issues, and much more. The authors draw on a wide range of examples to give students basic mathematical tools- from sports to personal finance to sociopolitical action to medical tests to the arts-with coverage that neatly balances discussions of ideas with computational practice. The thoroughly new edition offers new pedagogy and more examples of math in everyday life. It is also now a fully integrated text/media package with it's own dedicated version of LaunchPad, W.H. Freeman's breakthrough online course space."--Publisher's website.

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