Synopses & Reviews
Smart Guide to Practical Math is a book designed to enable anyone who can use a calculator to answer a large number of questions that commonly arise in everyday life. Whether you are a housewife or an auto mechanic, a doctor or a lawyer, a student or a businessman, Smart Guide to Practical Math has the answers to the questions you want answered in a form that enables you to easily answer them. In forty years of teaching mathematics, the author has found that the question students most want to see answered is What formula do I plug these numbers into? That's generally the question most people want to see answered, because formulas represent the easiest way to get the solutions to the problems that you need to solve. Whether you want to know how many pounds of hamburger you need to make enough meat loaf for 12 people, or how much to invest annually to have enough to send your child to college, or if it's really a good idea to buy a fuel additive for your car, there's a formula that answers your questions. Smart Guide to Practical Math enables you to do the math - without having to do the math, because Smart Guide to Practical Math does the math for you. You simply find a problem which looks like the problem you want to solve, and plug your numbers into the convenient formula. Practical math - for practical problems - neatly packaged for you.
Regardless of whether they are housewives or auto mechanics, doctors or lawyers, or students or businessmen, The Smart Guide to Practical Math provides readers with responses to the questions they want answered in a form that enables them to easily answer them. From how many pounds of hamburger required to make enough meatloaf to feed 12 people, to how much to invest annually to be able to send a child to college, to whether its really a good idea to buy fuel additive for a car, this guide provides readers with practical mathematical formulas that can serve as templates for a number of real-life scenarios.
About the Author
Jim Stein is an emeritus professor of mathematics at California State University-Long Beach. He is the author of 30 articles on mathematics as well as several books that explain mathematics to general audiences, including How Math Can Save Your Life, How Math Explains the World, and The Right Decision. He has been a guest blogger for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today and has conducted conferences for the National Science Foundation.