**AMS/MAA Textbooks**

Volume: 63;
2021;
342 pp;
Softcover

MSC: Primary 00;

**Print ISBN: 978-1-4704-6134-8
Product Code: TEXT/63**

List Price: $75.00

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**Electronic ISBN: 978-1-4704-6289-5
Product Code: TEXT/63.E**

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# Common Sense Mathematics: Second Edition

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*Ethan D. Bolker; Maura B. Mast*

MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society

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.

An instructor's manual is freely available electronically: click
here.

Solution manuals for this title are available electronically to
those instructors who have adopted the textbook for classroom use.
Please send email to textbooks@ams.org for more
information.

#### Readership

Undergraduate students interested in taking a Quantitative Literacy course.

#### Table of Contents

# Table of Contents

## Common Sense Mathematics: Second Edition

- Cover Cover11
- Title page iii5
- Copyright iv6
- Contents v7
- Preface to the Second Edition xi13
- Preface to the First Edition xiii15
- Chapter 1. Calculating on the Back of an Envelope 123
- Chapter 2. Units and Unit Conversions 2749
- Chapter 3. Percentages, Sales Tax and Discounts 6587
- Chapter 4. Inflation 101123
- Chapter 5. Average Values 117139
- Chapter 6. Income Distribution — Spreadsheets, Charts and Statistics 131153
- 6.1. Salaries at Wing Aero 132154
- 6.2. What if? 136158
- 6.3. Using software 136158
- 6.4. Median 137159
- 6.5. Bar charts 138160
- 6.6. Pie charts 141163
- 6.7. Histograms 142164
- 6.8. Mean, median, mode 144166
- 6.9. Computing averages from histograms 145167
- 6.10. The bell curve 146168
- 6.11. Margin of error 149171
- 6.12. Exercises 150172

- Chapter 7. Electricity Bills and Income Taxes — Linear Functions 169191
- Chapter 8. Climate Change — Linear Models 199221
- Chapter 9. Compound Interest — Exponential Growth 217239
- Chapter 10. Borrowing and Saving 243265
- Chapter 11. Probability — Counting, Betting, Insurance 257279
- Chapter 12. Break the Bank — Independent Events 275297
- Chapter 13. How Good Is That Test? 291313
- Hints 307329
- References 313335
- Index 337359
- Back Cover Back Cover1365