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Mathematics: Its Power and Utility 10th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1111577421
ISBN-10: 1111577420
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Part I: FOUNDATIONS: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICS. 1. Arithmetic, Calculators, and Problem Solving. Math Anxiety. Formulating the Problem. Fractions and Decimals. Rounding and Estimation. Exponents and Prime Factorization. Common Fractions. Adding and Subtracting Fractions. Hindu-Arabic Numeration System. Different Numeration System. Summary and Review. 2. Sets of Numbers. Symbol Shock. Addition of Integers. Subtraction of Integers. Multiplication of Integers. Division of Integers. Rational and Irrational Numbers. Summary and Review. 3. Introduction to Algebra. Polynomials. Similar Terms. Simplification. Equations. Solving Equations. Problem Solving with Algebra. Inequalities. Summary and Review. 4. Percents and Problem Solving. Ratio and Proportion. Problem Solving with Proportions. Percent. Problem Solving with Percents. Summary and Review. 5. Introduction to Geometry. Euclidean Geometry. Angles and Polynomials. Triangles. Similar Triangles. Summary and Review. 6. Measurement and Problem Solving. Precision, Accuracy, and Estimation. Perimeter. Area. Volume and Capacity. Miscellaneous Measurements. Converting Units. Summary and Review. Part II: APPLICATIONS: THE UTILITY OF MATHEMATICS. 7. Applications of Percent. Discount, Sale Price, and Sales Tax. Simple Interest. Buying on Credit. Credit Card Interest. Compound Interest. Buying a Home. Summary and Review. 8. Sets and Logic. Introduction to Sets. Set Relationship. Operations with Sets. Venn Diagrams. Survey Problems Using Sets. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning. Connectives and Truth Tables. Summary and Review. 9. Probability. Introduction to Probability. Probability Models. Odds and Conditional Probability. Mathematical Expectation. Summary and Review. 10 Statistics. Frequency Distribution and Graphs. Measures of Central Tendency. Measures of Position. Measures of Dispersion. The Normal Curve and Sampling. Summary and Review. 11. Graphs. Cartesian Coordinate System. Functions. Lines. Systems and Inequalities. Graphing Curves. Summary and Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Karl Smith is professor emeritus at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. He has written over 36 mathematics textbooks and believes that students can learn mathematics if it is presented to them through the use of concrete examples designed to develop original thinking, abstraction, and problem-solving skills. Over one million students have learned mathematics from Karl Smith's textbooks.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 10 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111577420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111577421
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Lange on April 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for a college math class. The book covers the topics of math and even has a chapter called math anxiety which is about dispelling the myths about math and how to overcome your fears and bad experiences with previous math classes.

The main issues I have with this book is... There is only one example given for a problem and he doesn't explain the rules/principles of math. For example on page 55 if you were to find the LCD (lowest common denominator) for 6 and 8.

The solution shows 6 = 2 X 3 and 8 = 2 to the third power.

So the LCD is: 2 third power X 3 = 8 X 3 = 24

That's it! There's no explanation has to how he came up with the numbers that he did! He just did and that's it!

For someone who understands the rules of math very well or is just using this book as a recent refresher reference, they might disagree with my review. But for someone who has never really had a grasp on math and it's rules (or doesn't know the rules at all) will find using this book (and the class) very frustrating.

My advice is if this book is required for your class and you're having trouble understanding the concepts or you find yourself saying "How the "BLEEP" did he come up with that answer!?" find a good supplement book and DO ask your teacher for help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Wood on December 25, 2012
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I had to get this book for a Math65 class at a community college. Luckily I decided to rent instead of ordering it because it was absolutely disappointing.
It is supposed to support a class in Applied Mathematics. Almost nothing about this in this book! It's a lame rehearsal of basic high school math for people who rather should have gotten private tutoring. No interesting applications at all, but many mistakes. I'd really like to know what the author and his proof-readers were thinking...
'Mathematics: Its power and utility' reaches rock bottom when it applies that mass and weight is the same!
Avoid buying, rent as cheap as you can if you have to since it's not worth keeping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose Reams on November 18, 2014
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my husband does math as a pass time and is 71 but he loves staying in touch with how the math world has changed sinse he took 4 yrs of college he was very pleased with this book.
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The best and most inexpensive schoolbook in awesome condition!! The one they sold in the school bookstore was 3x's as much as this one.
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By Thomas on February 26, 2015
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It did what i needed it to do. Nothing more, nothing less.
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By kandis stewart on August 26, 2015
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Great book! Very easy to follow and great rental pricing.
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By kim-marie gill on August 14, 2015
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IT IS WHAT IT IS BORING MATH BOOK
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Great book
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