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-- Excursions in Modern Mathematics introduces you to the power of math by exploring applications like social choice and management science, showing that math is more than a set of formulas. Ideal for an applied liberal arts math course, Tannenbaum’s text is known for its clear, accessible writing style and its unique exercise sets that build in complexity from basic to more challenging. The Eighth Edition offers more real data and applications to connect with today’s readesr, expanded coverage of applications like growth, and revised exercise sets.
PART 1. SOCIAL CHOICE
1. The Mathematics of Elections: The Paradoxes of Democracy
1.1 The Basic Elements of an Election
1.2 The Plurality Method
1.3 The Borda Count Method
1.4 The Plurality-with-Elimination Method
1.5 The Method of Pairwise Comparisons
1.6 Fairness Criteria and Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
2. The Mathematics of Power: Weighted Voting
2.1 An Introduction to Weighted Voting
2.2 Banzhaf Power
2.3 Shapley-Shubik Power
2.4 Subsets and Permutations
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
3. The Mathematics of Sharing: Fair-Division Games
3.1 Fair-Division Games
3.2 The Divider-Chooser Method
3.3 The Lone-Divider Method
3.4 The Lone-Chooser Method
3.5 The Method of Sealed Bids
3.6 The Method of Markers
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
4. The Mathematics of Apportionment: Making the Rounds
4.1 Apportionment Problems and Apportionment Methods
4.2 Hamilton’s Method
4.3 Jefferson’s Method
4.4 Adams’s and Webster’s Methods
4.5 The Huntington-Hill Method
4.6 The Quota Rule and Apportionment Paradoxes
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
PART 2. MANAGEMENT SCIENCE
5. The Mathematics of Getting Around: Euler Paths and Circuits
5.1 Street-Routing Problems
5.2 An Introduction to Graphs
5.3 Euler’s Theorems and Fleury’s Algorithm
5.4 Eulerizing and Semi-Eulerizing Graphs
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
6. The Mathematics of Touring: Traveling Salesman Problems
6.1 What Is a Traveling Salesman Problem?
6.2 Hamilton Paths and Circuits
6.3 The Brute-Force Algorithm
6.4 The Nearest-Neighbor and Repetitive Nearest-Neighbor Algorithms
6.5 The Cheapest-Link Algorithm
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
The Mathematics of Networks
7. The Cost of Being Connected
7.1 Networks and Trees
7.2 Spanning Trees, MST’s, and MaxST’s
7.3 Kruskal’s Algorithm
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
8. The Mathematics of Scheduling: Chasing the Critical Path
8.1 An Introduction to Scheduling
8.4 Directed Graphs
8.3 Priority-List Scheduling
8.4 The Decreasing-Time Algorithm
8.5 Critical Paths and the Critical-Path Algorithm
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
PART 3. GROWTH
9. Population Growth Models: There Is Strength in Numbers
9.1 Sequences and Population Sequences
9.2 The Linear Growth Model
9.3 The Exponential Growth Model
9.4 The Logistic Growth Model
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
10. Financial Mathematics: Money Matters
10.1 Percentages
10.2 Simple Interest
10.3 Compound Interest
10.4 Consumer Debt
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
PART 4. SHAPE AND FORM
11. The Mathematics of Symmetry: Beyond Reflection
11.1 Rigid Motions
11.2 Reflections
11.3 Rotations
11.4 Translations
11.5 Glide Reflections
11.6 Symmetries and Symmetry Types
11.7 Patterns
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
12. Fractal Geometry: The Kinky Nature of Nature
12.1 The Koch Snowflake and Self-Similarity
12.2 The Sierpinski Gasket and the Chaos Game
12.3 The Twisted Sierpinski Gasket
13.4 The Mandelbrot Set
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
13. Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio: Tales of Rabbits and Gnomons
13.1 Fibonacci Numbers
13.2 The Golden Ratio
13.3 Gnomons
13.4 Spiral Growth in Nature
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
PART 5. STATISTICS
14. Censuses, Surveys, Polls, and Studies: The Joys of Collecting Data
14.1 Enumeration
14.2 Measurement
14.3 Cause and Effect
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
15. Graphs, Charts, and Numbers: The Data Show and Tell
15.1 Graphs and Charts
15.2 Means, Medians, and Percentiles
15.3 Ranges and Standard Deviations
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
16. Probabilities, Odds, and Expectations: Measuring Uncertainty and Risk
16.1 Sample Spaces and Events
16.2 The Multiplication Rule, Permutations, and Combinations
16.3 Probabilities and Odds
16.4 Expectations
16.5 Measuring Risk
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
17. The Mathematics of Normality: The Call of the Bell
17.1 Approximately Normal Data Sets
17.2 Normal Curves and Normal Distributions
17.3 Modeling Approximately Normal Distributions
17.4 Normality in Random Events
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Exercises
Projects and Papers
Answers to Selected Exercises
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