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Applied Mathematics for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences, 5th Edition (Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign) 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0495559672
ISBN-10: 0495559679
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About the Author

Soo T. Tan has published numerous papers in Optimal Control Theory and Numerical Analysis. He received his S.B. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. "One of the most important lessons I learned from my early experience teaching these courses is that many of the students come into these courses with some degree of apprehension. This awareness led to the intuitive approach I have adopted in all of my texts."
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Product Details

  • Series: Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign
  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole; 5th edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495559679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495559672
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Hardcover
Fast delivery; I ordered the textbook on 1/6 and received it on 1/11 even when the states delivery date was 1/11 to 1/29. The pages inside the book are free of any marks, the cover has normal wear, aside from that it looks practically new. I would have given it 5 stars except forth the fact that the textbook has "instructor's edition" printed on the front, which the listing never stated such, I hope that the instructor's edition works just as well as the student's edition.
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Even at Amazon's $160.00, so-called deal, this book is not worth the money. Why colleges and universities even consider to use this text is beyond me. The chapters come in non sequitur groups of 2 and 3. For a book focusing on current applied mathematical problems, it is a travesty that no bibliography or references pages exist! This gives me the impression that many if not all of the examples and exercises in the book are fabricated.

Any single-semester university course centered around this textbook will likely come across as an extremely low-brow course on finance (fixed and continuous interest rates) and optimization (simplex method) or a low-brow course on probability. In either event, there are far more suitable texts for such classes. It is plain that the topics are hardly covered in a way to be useful for any academic or practitioner in the "Managerial, Life and Social Sciences."

For example, in the section on Bayes' Theorem (Section 7.6) the statement of Bayes' Theorem followed by 30 so-called "real-world" problems, each indistinguishable from the next save only in the numbers used in the problem. We are given 'statistics' of males and females. At the end of the problem one finds the following: Source: Department of Justice. Really? So much time supposedly spent collecting and surveying real-life sources and the problem ends up looking any other made-up problem in a probability book. Again, why use a book that cannot back up claims to have interwoven real-life with classroom mathematics and pay so damn much for it?

Shame on the publishers for making a ninth edition practically identical to the 8th edition. See for yourself, buy the 8th edition used for under $20 and borrow a copy of the 9th edition.
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By New guy on February 12, 2013
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Just in time before classes started. Service and quality of product is Great. just wish they had the rest of my books.
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Exactly What I Needed
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Great Product! Just as I expected!
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