Hardcover ISBN:  9780883857670 
Product Code:  TEXT/18 
List Price:  $79.00 
MAA Member Price:  $59.25 
AMS Member Price:  $59.25 
eBook ISBN:  9781614446095 
Product Code:  TEXT/18.E 
List Price:  $75.00 
MAA Member Price:  $56.25 
AMS Member Price:  $56.25 
Hardcover ISBN:  9780883857670 
eBook: ISBN:  9781614446095 
Product Code:  TEXT/18.B 
List Price:  $154.00 $116.50 
MAA Member Price:  $115.50 $87.38 
AMS Member Price:  $115.50 $87.38 
Hardcover ISBN:  9780883857670 
Product Code:  TEXT/18 
List Price:  $79.00 
MAA Member Price:  $59.25 
AMS Member Price:  $59.25 
eBook ISBN:  9781614446095 
Product Code:  TEXT/18.E 
List Price:  $75.00 
MAA Member Price:  $56.25 
AMS Member Price:  $56.25 
Hardcover ISBN:  9780883857670 
eBook ISBN:  9781614446095 
Product Code:  TEXT/18.B 
List Price:  $154.00 $116.50 
MAA Member Price:  $115.50 $87.38 
AMS Member Price:  $115.50 $87.38 

Book DetailsAMS/MAA TextbooksVolume: 18; 2010; 492 pp
This is a college algebralevel textbook written to provide the kind of mathematical knowledge and experiences that students will need for courses in other fields, such as biology, chemistry, business, finance, economics, and other areas that are heavily dependent on data either from laboratory experiments or from other studies. The focus is on the fundamental mathematical concepts and the realistic problemsolving via mathematical modeling rather than the development of algebraic skills that might be needed in calculus.
Functions, Data, and Models presents college algebra in a way that differs from almost all college algebra books available today. Rather than going over material covered in high school courses the Gordons teach something new. Students are given an introduction to data analysis and mathematical modeling presented at a level that students with limited algebraic skills can understand. The book contains a rich set of exercises, many of which use real data. Also included are thought experiments or 'what if' questions that are meant to stretch the student's mathematical thinking.
Ancillaries:

Table of Contents

Chapters

1. Data Everywhere

2. Functions Everywhere

3. Linear Functions

4. More about Linear Functions

5. Families of Nonlinear Functions

6. Polynomial Functions

7. Extended Families of Functions

8. Modeling Periodic Phenomena

Appendices


Additional Material

Reviews

... On initial viewing, “Functions, Data and Models” may seem like a typical textbook, with all the usual key parts, including appendixes and answers to selected problems in the back of the book. However, on closer examination, readers will see and understand how the eightchapter work differs from classic algebra books. The detailed preface includes messages for the student, messages for the instructor, and information on the book's philosophy. ... The book would be a great resource for any algebra course. Highly recommended.
K.D. Holton, CHOICE Magazine 
This textbook certainly sets the hook early when authors explain in the preface that the book's philosophy is to allow students to focus on mathematical ideas, not mathematical calculations. ... As the authors point out in the introduction to this text, it contains enough material (in both depth and variety) to cover two semesters' worth of study. On the other hand, the interested instructor could easily design a syllabus covering a limited number of topics from the book to address the needs of a semesterlong course. I highly recommend this text to instructors who seek to cultivate creativity and critical thinking in their collegealgebralevel students
Hilary Fletcher, Mathematics and Computer Education


RequestsReview Copy – for publishers of book reviewsDesk Copy – for instructors who have adopted an AMS textbook for a courseInstructor's Manual – for instructors who have adopted an AMS textbook for a course and need the instructor's manualExamination Copy – for faculty considering an AMS textbook for a courseAccessibility – to request an alternate format of an AMS title
 Book Details
 Table of Contents
 Additional Material
 Reviews
 Requests
This is a college algebralevel textbook written to provide the kind of mathematical knowledge and experiences that students will need for courses in other fields, such as biology, chemistry, business, finance, economics, and other areas that are heavily dependent on data either from laboratory experiments or from other studies. The focus is on the fundamental mathematical concepts and the realistic problemsolving via mathematical modeling rather than the development of algebraic skills that might be needed in calculus.
Functions, Data, and Models presents college algebra in a way that differs from almost all college algebra books available today. Rather than going over material covered in high school courses the Gordons teach something new. Students are given an introduction to data analysis and mathematical modeling presented at a level that students with limited algebraic skills can understand. The book contains a rich set of exercises, many of which use real data. Also included are thought experiments or 'what if' questions that are meant to stretch the student's mathematical thinking.
Ancillaries:

Chapters

1. Data Everywhere

2. Functions Everywhere

3. Linear Functions

4. More about Linear Functions

5. Families of Nonlinear Functions

6. Polynomial Functions

7. Extended Families of Functions

8. Modeling Periodic Phenomena

Appendices

... On initial viewing, “Functions, Data and Models” may seem like a typical textbook, with all the usual key parts, including appendixes and answers to selected problems in the back of the book. However, on closer examination, readers will see and understand how the eightchapter work differs from classic algebra books. The detailed preface includes messages for the student, messages for the instructor, and information on the book's philosophy. ... The book would be a great resource for any algebra course. Highly recommended.
K.D. Holton, CHOICE Magazine 
This textbook certainly sets the hook early when authors explain in the preface that the book's philosophy is to allow students to focus on mathematical ideas, not mathematical calculations. ... As the authors point out in the introduction to this text, it contains enough material (in both depth and variety) to cover two semesters' worth of study. On the other hand, the interested instructor could easily design a syllabus covering a limited number of topics from the book to address the needs of a semesterlong course. I highly recommend this text to instructors who seek to cultivate creativity and critical thinking in their collegealgebralevel students
Hilary Fletcher, Mathematics and Computer Education