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Common Sense Mathematics

Second Edition

Ethan D. Bolker (author) Maura B. Mast (author)

ISBN: 9781470461348

Publication Date: Mar 2021

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Using this text, students work regularly with real data in moderately complex everyday contexts, using mathematics as a tool and common sense as a guide. The focus is on problems suggested by the news of the day and topics that matter to students, like inflation, credit card debt, and loans.
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Ten years from now, what do you want or expect your students to remember from your course? We realized that in ten years what matters will be how students approach a problem using the tools they carry with them- common sense and common knowledge- not the particular mathematics we chose for the curriculum. Using our text, students work regularly with real data in moderately complex everyday contexts, using mathematics as a tool and common sense as a guide. The focus is on problems suggested by the news of the day and topics that matter to students, like inflation, credit card debt, and loans. We use search engines, calculators, and spreadsheet programs as tools to reduce drudgery, explore patterns, and get information. Technology is an integral part of today's world- this text helps students use it thoughtfully and wisely. This second edition contains revised chapters and additional sections, updated examples and exercises, and complete rewrites of critical material based on feedback from students and teachers who have used this text. Our focus remains the same: to help students to think carefully- and critically- about numerical information in everyday contexts.
Imprint MAA Press
Pages 262
Date Published 30 Mar 2021
Publisher American Mathematical Society
Series AMS/MAA Textbooks
Series Part 63
Subject/s Mathematics  
  • Calculating on the back of an envelope;
  • Units and unit conversions;
  • Percentages, sales tax, and discounts;
  • Inflation;
  • Average values;
  • Income distribution- spreadsheets, charts, and statistics;
  • Electricity bills and income taxes- linear functions;
  • Climate change- linear models;
  • Compound interest- exponential growth;
  • Borrowing and saving;
  • Probability- counting, betting, insurance;
  • Break the bank- independent events;
  • How good is that test?;
  • Hints;
  • References;
  • Index.

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