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Common Sense Mathematics: Second Edition
 
Ethan D. Bolker University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
Maura B. Mast Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Common Sense Mathematics
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6134-8
Product Code:  TEXT/63
List Price: $75.00
MAA Member Price: $56.25
AMS Member Price: $56.25
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-6289-5
Product Code:  TEXT/63.E
List Price: $75.00
MAA Member Price: $56.25
AMS Member Price: $56.25
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6134-8
eBook: ISBN:  978-1-4704-6289-5
Product Code:  TEXT/63.B
List Price: $150.00 $112.50
MAA Member Price: $112.50 $84.38
AMS Member Price: $112.50 $84.38
Common Sense Mathematics
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Common Sense Mathematics: Second Edition
Ethan D. Bolker University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
Maura B. Mast Fordham University, Bronx, NY
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6134-8
Product Code:  TEXT/63
List Price: $75.00
MAA Member Price: $56.25
AMS Member Price: $56.25
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-6289-5
Product Code:  TEXT/63.E
List Price: $75.00
MAA Member Price: $56.25
AMS Member Price: $56.25
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6134-8
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-6289-5
Product Code:  TEXT/63.B
List Price: $150.00 $112.50
MAA Member Price: $112.50 $84.38
AMS Member Price: $112.50 $84.38
  • Book Details
     
     
    AMS/MAA Textbooks
    Volume: 632021; 342 pp
    MSC: Primary 00

    This is a Revised Edition of: TEXT/33

    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.

    Previous revision: TEXT/33

    Ancillaries:

    Readership

    Undergraduate students interested in taking a Quantitative Literacy course.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • 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?
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    Instructor's Manual – for instructors who have adopted an AMS textbook for a course and need the instructor's manual
    Examination Copy – for faculty considering an AMS textbook for a course
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Volume: 632021; 342 pp
MSC: Primary 00

This is a Revised Edition of: TEXT/33

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.

Previous revision: TEXT/33

Ancillaries:

Readership

Undergraduate students interested in taking a Quantitative Literacy course.

  • Chapters
  • 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?
Review Copy – for publishers of book reviews
Desk Copy – for instructors who have adopted an AMS textbook for a course
Instructor's Manual – for instructors who have adopted an AMS textbook for a course and need the instructor's manual
Examination Copy – for faculty considering an AMS textbook for a course
Accessibility – to request an alternate format of an AMS title
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