Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, Fifth Edition increases readers’ mathematical literacy so that they better understand the mathematics used in their daily lives, and can use math effectively to make better decisions every day. Contents are organized with that in mind, with engaging coverage in sections like Taking Control of Your Finances, Dividing the Political Pie, and a full chapter about Mathematics and the Arts.
This textbook's practical focus and arsenal of interesting problems should put an end to the piteous question, "but, whyyyyy do we have to learn this stuff?," once and for all. Topics include statistical reasoning, exponential growth and decay, financial management, probability, mathematics in business, problem solving techniques, numbers in the real world, and the principles of reasoning. Background in algebra is assumed. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.