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Mathematics: A Practical Odyssey [ 7th (Seventh) Edition Hardcover – 2011

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Example Product Manufacturer; 7th (Seventh) Edition edition (2011)
  • ASIN: B0072G1BXU
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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If you are in a liberal arts program, and your college offers a course using this book, then RUN, don't walk, away from it! Generally, the schools are offering a survey course that liberal arts students can take that gives them a basic introduction to a variety of mathematical topics. In this case, the course is designed to introduce some logic, set theory, probability, statistics, and finance.

Keep in mind that the target audience is students that are either poor in math, can't stand the topic, or lack solid foundations from previous courses. Given that audience, then, the book has to be more than a 'simple' version of a regular math book. The students in these courses aren't going to eagerly read ahead, look for other problems to solve, and won't do much in the way of independent research to find answers to challenging problems. Since they typically have poor preparation in foundation courses, then they also lack confidence in math.

The biggest failure of this book is that instead of being a steady and reliable guide to many interesting topics in math, it's more like an irritating older sibling. The book rolls into a topic, introduces a simple example, then moves on ... and in the problem sets, provides challenging problems that aren't even closely covered in the explanatory text or in the example problems. In a math course designed for engineering, scientific, or math majors, that's the perfect approach - students in those fields are GOOD at math, and enjoy the challenge of being abandoned by the book, and looking for the answers through their own methods. However, a book that purports to lead you and guide you through unfamiliar territory needs to do just that - and this book falls way short of that goal.
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My granddaughter needed this text book for a class in college...as with most text books the price is far out of line...so I rented it from Amazon for her...
That way it cost about $45.00 as opposed to over $200.00 for a book she had no future plans for. She's a single mom so I paid the bill...love the girl!
I'm a Prime Member so the shipping was free...both ways.
The whole text book rental process is a good way to go...
The two star rating is for the book...The rental process gets five stars.
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I'm not mathematically dumb by any means but I'll be the first to admit its not my strongest subject. More than half of the content in the book I've never seen before and the authors write with the assume that I have. The authors then proceed to complicate the the math by not showing clear neatly laid out examples which leaves much to be interpreted. This non sequidor text book is a hodgepodge of all the maths which means when its exam time you have to remember how to solve problems that have no relation to each other. In other words, the book rarely builds on its own topics leaving little time for the student to absorb the information presented. The book is a poor choice for liberal art students and I know that I would have done much better in a class that stuck to a single math section.
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This was just the book We needed and it came super fast.... any books I need for school, this is the first place I will look Thank you so saving me a ton of money!!!!
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Came in earlier than expected. No problems, all is good. Price is great, much better than school prices, I saved myself a lot of money.
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I was impressed with the quality and the shape the book was in. It met all of my expectations and surpassed them.
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By Pamela on February 18, 2015
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Fastest dellivery ever!! AAA+++ Book in excellent shape!!! Wound buy again from this selle! Thank you!
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its a math book. i hate math. im pretty sure ill never have to take another math class again. fingers crossed... if you need to buy this book... just buy it.. use it and never look at it again.. unless you just absolutely love math... then I say its probably a pretty good read.
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