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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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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.Read more ›