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Finite Math with Applications (9th Edition) 9th Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321386724
ISBN-10: 0321386728
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About the Author

Marge Lial has always been interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is now affiliated with American River College.

Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.

 

Thomas W. Hungerford received his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  He taught for many years at the

University of Washington (Seattle) before moving to Cleveland State University in 1980.  He has been at Saint Louis University since 2003.  He has written a number of research articles in algebra and several in mathematics education.  Dr. Hungerford is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen mathematics textbooks, ranging from high school to graduate level, several of which are published by Addison-Wesley.  He is active in promoting the effective use of technology in mathematics instruction.  Dr. Hungerford has also been a referee and reviewer for various mathematical journals and has served on National Science Foundation panels for selecting grant recipients.

 

John P. Holcomb, Jr.  received his bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University and his Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York.  He taught for five years at Youngstown State University prior to arriving at Cleveland State University in Fall 2000.  He is an associate professor and frequently collaborates with researchers in a variety of disciplines where he provides statistical analysis.  Dr. Holcomb has also authored several papers in statistical education and is very active in the American Statistical Association and the Mathematical Association of America.  He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2000 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and in 2003 received the Waller Award from the American Statistical Association for outstanding teaching of introductory statistics. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 9 edition (March 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321386728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321386724
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the worst math books I have ever had the pleasure of using.
I usually always make A's in mathematics, and am also in Honors, but this book is a fight to understand.

The answers in the back are wrong very often, about 1-3 times per exercise. There are about 4-7 exercises per chapter @ 10 chapters. This is extremely frustrating when learning new facets of mathematics. This book is being used at University I am attending, and is not worth this level of education. The instruction in the book is very confusing, by jumping from idea to idea with no flow. First the errors have to be filtered out before any learning can be done. The course I am taking is an online course, so without a live instructor to give the correct information, one leaves completely confused. I have emailed my professor at least once per chapter to confirm my correct answer against the wrong answer in the book. Or the answer key may have extra answers i.e. problem 11 may have questions a, b, and c, and the key will have answers for a, b, c, d, and e.

TO ANY EDUCATOR LOOKING TO USE THIS BOOK FOR THE CLASSROOM, PLEASE CONSIDER ANOTHER RESOURCE, THIS BOOK IS OF VERY POOR QUALITY. Pearson should be ashamed to allow such bad editing to make it to consumers. This is the 9th (Ninth) edition printed in 2007. Math does not change enough to have such bad errors. Nor should any book be so jumbled.
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I bought this book so I could get ready for school in two months. I found the book to be very helpful. The problems and the explanation on how to solve them were explained step by step. I defenately recommend it. Victor
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I teach community college mathematics courses. When the publisher sent me a review copy of this textbook as the new edition to replace the "old" (Lial, Greenwell, Ritchey, 8th edition), I told him we will continue with the old.

With respect and fairness to the authors, Lial co-wrote (see above - originally with the late Miller) the excellent text on finite mathematics we currently use. Hungerford co-wrote (with Mercer - 1991) one of the best trigonometry texts I've seen.

I might be wrong but have a feeling the publisher's marketing department had a little too much to say about how this book was put together. Unfortunately this kind of nonsense is what passes for "leadership" and "innovation" today in business, government and education.
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Well, the book was for school... The one I needed. It came in good condition for just $4. No marks, bends, tears, etc. It also arrived very fast. Then again I do use the student prime advantage ;). Thumbs up to the seller. That is all.
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I was unfortunate enough to have this math book selected by my college for my math course. It was very unclear in its examples of how problems were figured out, and in its instructions. I would never use this book again for any math course. I thought it was the worst math book I ever used. It made the course much more difficult than it needed to be. Don't buy this book, I am sure that there are better ones on the market. But, if your school selects it for your course you had better have a better quality supplementary math book to use or you won't do well in your course.
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Excellent Service, great products !!!
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