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Mathematics All Around, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Thomas Pirnot

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 18, 2013

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Students who enter a liberal arts math course often come with a fear of math, or they may struggle with topics during the course. Pirnot’s Mathematics All Around offers the supportive and clear writing style that students need to develop their math skills. By helping to reduce students’ math anxiety, Pirnot helps students to understand the use of math in the world around them. Students appreciate that the author’s approach is like the help they would receive during their own instructors’ office hours.


The Fifth Edition increases the text’s emphasis on developing problem-solving skills with additional support in the text and new problem-solving questions in MyMathLab. Quantitative reasoning is brought to the forefront with new Between the Numbers features and related exercises. Since practice is the key to success in this course, exercise sets are updated and expanded. MyMathLab offers additional exercise coverage plus new question types for problem-solving, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and more.

Table of Contents

1. Problem Solving

1.1 Problem Solving

1.2 Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

1.3 Estimation


2. Set Theory

2.1 The Language of Sets

2.2 Comparing Sets

2.3 Set Operations

2.4 Survey Problems

2.5 Looking Deeper - Infinite Sets


3. Logic

3.1 Statements, Connectives, and Quantifiers

3.2 Truth Tables

3.3 The Conditional and Biconditional

3.4 Verifying Arguments

3.5 Using Euler Diagrams to Verify Syllogisms

3.6 Looking Deeper - Fuzzy Logic


4. Graph Theory (Networks)

4.1 Graphs, Puzzles, and Map Coloring

4.2 The Traveling Salesperson Problem

4.3 Directed Graphs


5. Numeration Systems

5.1 The Evolution of Numeration Systems

5.2 Place Value Systems

5.3 Calculating in Other Bases

5.4 Looking Deeper - Modular Systems


6. Number Theory and the Real Number System

6.1 Number Theory

6.2 The Integers

6.3 The Rational Numbers

6.4 The Real Number System

6.5 Exponents and Scientific Notation

6.6 Looking Deeper - Sequences


7. Algebraic Models and Linear Systems

7.1 Linear Equations

7.2 Modeling with Linear Equations

7.3 Modeling with Quadratic Equations

7.4 Exponential Equations and Growth

7.5 Proportions and Variations

7.6 Modeling with Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

7.7 Looking Deeper - Dynamical Systems


8. Consumer Mathematics

8.1 Percents, Taxes, and Inflation

8.2 Interest

8.3 Consumer Loans

8.4 Annuities

8.5 Amortization

8.6 Looking Deeper - Annual Percentage Rate


9. Geometry

9.1 Lines, Angles, and Circles

9.2 Polygons

9.3 Perimeter and Area

9.4 Volume and Surface Area

9.5 The Metric System and Dimensional Analysis

9.6 Geometric Symmetry and Tessellations

9.7 Looking Deeper - Fractals


10. Apportionment

10.1 Understanding Apportionment

10.2 The Huntington-Hill Apportionment Principle

10.3 Other Paradoxes and Apportionment Methods

10.4 Looking Deeper - Fair Division


11. Voting

11.1 Voting Methods

11.2 Defects in Voting Methods

11.3 Weighted Voting Systems

11.4 Looking Deeper - The Shapley-Shubik Index


12. Counting

12.1 Introduction to Counting Methods

12.2 The Fundamental Counting Principle

12.3 Permutations and Combinations

12.4 Looking Deeper - Counting and Gambling


13. Probability

13.1 The Basics of Probability Theory

13.2 Complements and Unions of Events

13.3 Conditional Probability and Intersections of Events

13.4 Expected Value

13.5 Looking Deeper - Binomial Experiments


14. Descriptive Statistics

14.1 Organizing and Visualizing Data

14.2 Measures of Central Tendency

14.3 Measures of Dispersion

14.4 The Normal Distribution

14.5 Looking Deeper - Linear Correlation


Appendix A. Basic Mathematics Review

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