Using & Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, 8th edition
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Overview
Using & Understanding Mathematics prepares you for the math you'll encounter in future courses, careers and daily life. Quantitative reasoning trailblazers Bennett and Briggs help foster the problemsolving tools needed to think critically about quantitative issues in society. Their contentdriven approach is organized by mathematical ideas; after each topic is presented, examples of its applications are shown. The 8th Edition is extensively revised throughout, from the coronavirus pandemic to the latest presidential election and more.
Published by Pearson (July 7th 2022)  Copyright © 2023
ISBN13: 9780137574971
Subject: Liberal Arts Math
Category: Quantitative Reasoning
Table of contents
I. LOGIC AND PROBLEM SOLVING
 GETTING STARTED: LITERACY FOR THE MODERN WORLD
 Activity: Job Satisfaction
 What is Quantitative Reasoning?
 Quantitative Reasoning and Culture
 Quantitative Reasoning in the Work Force
 Misconceptions About Mathematics
 What Is Mathematics?
 How to Succeed in Mathematics
 Thinking Critically
 Activity: Pandemic Math
 1A. Living in the Media Age
 1B. Propositions and Truth Values
 1C. Sets and Venn Diagrams
 1D. Analyzing Arguments
 1E. Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
 Chapter 1 Summary
 Chapter 1 Review Questions
 Approaches to Problem Solving
 Activity: Global Melting
 2A. Understand, Solve, and Explain
 Using Technology: Currency Exchange Rates
 2B. Extending Unit Analysis
 Using Technology: Metric Conversions
 2C. ProblemSolving Hints
 Chapter 2 Summary
 Chapter 2 Review Questions
II. QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE
 Numbers in the Real World
 Activity: More Pandemic Math: Is 90% Good Enough?
 3A. Uses and Abuses of Percentages
 3B. Putting Numbers in Perspective
 Using Technology: Scientific Notation
 3C. Dealing with Uncertainty
 Using Technology: Rounding in Excel
 3D. Index Numbers: The CPI and Beyond
 3E. Numerical Surprises: Polygraphs, Mammograms, and More
 Chapter 3 Summary
 Chapter 3 Review Questions
 Managing Money
 Activity: Student Loans
 4A. Taking Control of Your Finances
 4B. The Power of Compounding
 Using Technology: Powers
 Using Technology: The Compound Interest Formula
 Using Technology: The Compound Interest Formula for Interest Paid More Than Once a Year
 Using Technology: APY in Excel
 Using Technology: Powers of e
 4C. Savings Plans and Investments
 Using Technology: The Savings Plan Formula
 Using Technology: Fractional Powers (Roots)
 4D. Loan Payments, Credit Cards, and Mortgages
 Using Technology: The Loan Payment Formula (Installment Loans)
 Using Technology: Principal and Interest Portions of Loan Payments
 4E. Income Taxes
 4F. Understanding the Federal Budget
 Chapter 4 Summary
 Chapter 4 Review Questions
III. STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY
 Statistical Reasoning
 Activity: Cell Phones and Driving
 5A. Fundamentals of Statistics
 Using Technology: Random Numbers
 5B. Should You Believe a Statistical Study?
 5C. Statistical Tables and Graphs
 Using Technology: Frequency Tables in Spreadsheets
 Using Technology: Bar Graphs and Pie Charts
 Using Technology: Line Charts
 5D. Graphics in the Media
 Using Technology: Graphs with Multiple Data Sets
 5E. Correlation and Causality
 Using Technology: Scatterplots
 Chapter 5 Summary
 Chapter 5 Review Questions
 Putting Statistics to Work
 Activity: Are We Smarter Than Our Parents?
 6A. Characterizing Data
 Using Technology: Mean, Median, and Mode
 6B. Measures of Variation
 Using Technology: Standard Deviation
 6C. The Normal Distribution
 Using Technology: Standard Scores and Percentiles
 6D. Statistical Inference
 Chapter 6 Summary
 Chapter 6 Review Questions
 Probability: Living With The Odds
 Activity: Lotteries
 7A. Fundamentals of Probability
 7B. Combining Probabilities
 7C. The Law of Large Numbers
 7D. Assessing Risk
 7E. Counting and Probability
 Using Technology: Factorials
 Using Technology: Permutations
 Using Technology: Combinations
 Chapter 7 Summary
 Chapter 7 Review Questions
IV. MODELING
 Exponential Astonishment
 Activity: Towers of Hanoi
 8A. Growth: Linear vs. Exponential
 8B. Doubling Time and HalfLife
 Using Technology: Logarithms
 8C. Real Population Growth
 8D. Logarithmic Scales: Earthquakes, Sounds, and Acids
 Chapter 8 Summary
 Chapter 8 Review Questions
 Modeling Our World
 Activity: Climate Modeling
 9A. Functions: The Building Blocks of Mathematical Models
 9B. Linear Modeling
 Using Technology: Graphing Functions
 9C. Exponential Modeling
 Chapter 9 Summary
 Chapter 9 Review Questions
 Modeling With Geometry
 Activity: Eyes in the Sky
 10A. Fundamentals of Geometry
 10B. Problem Solving with Geometry
 10C. Fractal Geometry
 Chapter 10 Summary
 Chapter 10 Review Questions
V. FURTHER APPLICATIONS
 Mathematics and The Arts
 Activity: Digital Music Files
 11A. Mathematics and Music
 11B. Perspective and Symmetry
 11C. Proportion and the Golden Ratio
 Chapter 11 Summary
 Chapter 11 Review Questions
 Mathematics and Politics
 Activity: Partisan Redistricting
 12A. Voting: Does the Majority Always Rule?
 12B. Theory of Voting
 12C. Apportionment: The House of Representatives and Beyond
 12D. Dividing the Political Pie
 Chapter 12 Summary
 Chapter 12 Review Questions
 Mathematics and Business (online only)
 13A. Network Analysis
 13B. The Traveling Salesperson Problem
 13C. Scheduling Problems
 Chapter 13 Summary
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