Quantitative Literacy: Thinking Between the Lines (Cloth Text)
Third EditionBruce Crauder; Benny Evans; Jerry Johnson; Alan Noell©2018
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Quantitative Literacy fully prepares students to be informed consumers of quantitative information with coverage that neatly balances discussions of ideas with computational practice. Through a wide range of examples and applications, the authors show students that they use math in their everyday lives more than they realize, and that learning math takes palce in real-world contexts. Students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills to make intelligent decisions about regarding money, voting and politics, health issues, and much more.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Critical Thinking
1.1 Public policy and Simpson’s paradox: Is "average" always average?
1.2 Logic and informal fallacies: Does that argument hold water?
1.3 Formal logic and truth tables: Do computers think?
1.4 Sets and Venn diagrams: Pictorial logic
1.5 Critical thinking and number sense: What do these figures mean?
Chapter 2: Analysis of Growth
2.1 Measurements of growth: How fast is it changing?
2.2 Graphs: Picturing growth
2.3 Misleading graphs: Should I believe my eyes?
Chapter 3: Linear and Exponential Change: Comparing Growth Rates
3.1 Lines and linear growth: What does a constant rate mean?
3.2 Exponential growth and decay: Constant percentage rates
3.3 Logarithmic phenomena: Compressed scales
3.4 Quadratics and parabolas
Chapter 4: Personal Finance
4.1 Saving money: The power of compounding
4.2 Borrowing: How much car can you afford?
4.3 Saving for the long term: Build that nest egg
4.4 Credit cards: Paying off consumer debt
4.5 Inflation, taxes, and stocks: Managing your money
Chapter 5: Introduction to Probability
5.1 Calculating probabilities: How likely is it?
5.2 Medical testing and conditional probability: Ill or not?
5.3 Counting and theoretical probabilities: How many?
5.4 More ways of counting: Permuting and combining
5.5 Expected value and the law of large numbers: Don’t bet on it
Chapter 6: Statistics
6.1 Data summary and presentation: Boiling down the numbers
6.2 The normal distribution: Why the bell curve?
6.3 The statistics of polling: Can we believe the polls?
6.4 Statistical inference and clinical trials: Effective drugs?
Chapter 7: Graph Theory
7.1 Modeling with graphs and finding Euler circuits
7.2 Hamilton circuits and traveling salesmen: Efficient routes
7.3 Trees: Viral e-mails and spell checkers
Chapter 8: Voting and Social Choice
8.1 Measuring voting power: Does my vote count?
8.2 Voting systems: How do we choose a winner?
8.3 Fair division: What is a fair share?
8.4 Apportionment: Am I represented?
Chapter 9: Geometry
9.1 Perimeter, area, and volume: How do I measure?
9.2 Proportionality and similarity: Changing the scale
9.3 Symmetries and tilings: Form and patterns
Appendix 1: Unit Conversion
Appendix 2: Exponents and Scientific Notation
Appendix 3: Calculators, Parentheses, and Rounding
Appendix 4: Basic Math
Appendix 5: Problem Solving