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Essential Mathematics with Applications: An Applied Approachby Vernon C. Barker
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As in previous editions, the focus in ESSENTIAL MATHEMATICS with APPLICATIONS remains on the Aufmann Interactive Method (AIM). Students are encouraged to be active participants in the classroom and in their own studies as they work through the How To examples and the paired Examples and You Try It problems. The role of "active participant" is crucial to success. Presenting students with worked examples, and then providing them with the opportunity to immediately work similar problems, helps them build their confidence and eventually master the concepts. To this point, simplicity plays a key factor in the organization of this edition, as in all other editions. All lessons, exercise sets, tests, and supplements are organized around a carefully-constructed hierarchy of objectives. This "objective-based" approach not only serves the needs of students, in terms of helping them to clearly organize their thoughts around the content, but instructors as well, as they work to design syllabi, lesson plans, and other administrative documents. The Eighth Edition features a new design, enhancing the Aufmann Interactive Method and the organization of the text around objectives, making the pages easier for both students and instructors to follow.
The Student Support Edition of Essential Mathematics with Applications, 7/e, brings comprehensive study skills support to students and the latest technology tools to instructors. In addition, the program now includes concept and vocabulary review material, assignment tracking and time management resources, and practice exercises and online homework to enhance student learning and instruction. With its interactive, objective-based approach, Essential Mathematics provides comprehensive, mathematically sound coverage of topics essential to the basic college math course. The Seventh Edition features chapter-opening Prep Tests, real-world applications, and a fresh design--all of which engage students and help them succeed in the course. The Aufmann Interactive Method (AIM) is incorporated throughout the text, ensuring that students interact with and master concepts as they are presented.
As in previous editions, the focus in ESSENTIAL MATHEMATICS with APPLICATIONS remains on the Aufmann Interactive Method (AIM). Users are encouraged to be active participants in the classroom and in their own studies as they work through the How To examples and the paired Examples and You Try It problems. The role of "active participant" is crucial to success. Presenting students with worked examples, and then providing them with the opportunity to immediately work similar problems, helps them build their confidence and eventually master the concepts.
About the Author
Richard Aufmann is Professor of Mathematics at Palomar College in California. He is the lead author of two best-selling developmental math series, a best-selling college algebra and trigonometry series, as well as several derivative math texts. The Aufmann name is highly recognized and respected among college mathematics faculty.Joanne Lockwood is co-author with Dick Aufmann and Vernon Barker on the hardback developmental series, Business Mathematics, Algebra with Trigonometry for College Students, and numerous software ancillaries that accompany Aufmann titles. She is also the co-author of Mathematical Excursions with Aufmann.
Table of Contents
Note: Each chapter begins with a Prep Test and concludes with a Chapter Summary, a Chapter Review, and a Chapter Test. Chapters 2-12 include Cumulative Review Exercises. AIM for Success. 1. WHOLE NUMBERS. Introduction to Whole Numbers. Addition of Whole Numbers. Subtraction of Whole Numbers. Multiplication of Whole Numbers. Division of Whole Numbers. Exponential Notation and the Order of Operations Agreement. Prime Numbers and Factoring. Focus on Problem Solving: Questions to Ask. Projects and Group Activities: Order of Operations; Patterns in Mathematics; Search the World Wide Web. 2. FRACTIONS. The Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor. Introduction to Fractions. Writing Equivalent Fractions. Addition of Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Multiplication of Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Division of Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Order, Exponents, and the Order of Operations Agreement. Focus on Problem Solving: Common Knowledge. Projects and Group Activities: Music; Construction; Fractions of Diagrams. 3. DECIMALS. Introduction to Decimals. Addition of Decimals. Subtraction of Decimals. Multiplication of Decimals. Division of Decimals. Comparing and Converting Fractions and Decimals. Focus on Problem Solving: Relevant Information. Projects and Group Activities: Fractions as Terminating or Repeating Decimals. 4. RATIO AND PROPORTION. Ratio. Rates. Proportions. Focus on Problem Solving: Looking for a Pattern. Projects and Group Activities: The Golden Ratio; Drawing the Floor Plans for a Building; The U.S. House of Representatives. 5. PERCENTS. Introduction to Percents. Percent Equations: Part I. Percent Equations: Part II. Percent Equations: Part III. Percent Problems: Proportion Method. Focus on Problem Solving: Using a Calculator as a Problem-Solving Tool; Using Estimation as a Problem-Solving Tool. Projects and Group Activities: Health; Consumer Price Index. 6. APPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESS AND CONSUMERS. Applications to Purchasing. Percent Increase and Percent Decrease. Interest. Real Estate Expenses. Car Expenses. Wages. Bank Statements. Focus on Problem Solving: Counterexamples Projects and Group Activities: Buying a Car. Final Exam. Appendix. Solutions to You-Try-Its. Answers to Selected Exercises. Glossary. Index.
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