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College Algebra

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Richard A. Auffmann, Vernon C. Baker, and Richard D. Nation

Call Number: QA154.3 .C65 2005

This text provides a supportive environment to help students successfully learn the content of a standard algebra course. By incorporating interactive learning techniques, the Aufmann team helps students to better understand concepts, focus their studying habits, and obtain greater mathematical success.

            • Integrated Review Notes provided next to examples throughout the text help students see the key prerequisite skills used within the example. For added convenience, these example-specific notes direct students to the page(s) where they can practice and review the skills needed to understand the new concept, thus decreasing students’ frustration and increasing their success.
  • Prepare for the Next Section Exercises, found at the end of the exercise sets, have been carefully selected to review the prerequisite skills students will need in the next section. Next to each exercise is a reference to a section of the text where students can go to review topics they don’t understand. Answers to all of these exercises are provided in the Answer Appendix to help students better understand what they need to do to prepare for the next section.
  • Additional program components that support students with weak skills include,Eduspace tutorial practice, HM Mathspace Student CD-ROM tutorial practice, SMARTHINKING Live Online Tutoring, and Instructional DVDs and Videos.

A Measure of All Things: The Story of Man and Measurement

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Ian Whitelaw

Call Number: QA465 .W45 2007

Ever wonder how long a cubit really is? How much is in a hogshead? How many rods are in an acre? Or the difference between a light year and a parsec?

Ever wonder where all these terms and formats came from, who uses them and in what context? Well, wonder no more!

A Measure of All Things is a well-researched, page-turning look at the ways things concrete and theoretical are and have been measured from earliest times to the modern day. Ranging from the history of measurement systems to the different classes of measurements, A Measure of All Things covers the origins of the various units of measurement, the ways in which they developed and changed over time, and the many connections between them. (Description by

Mathematical Mind-Benders

Monday, July 21, 2008

By Peter Winkler

Call Number: QA95 .W646 2007

Peter Winkler is at it again. Following the enthusiastic reaction to Mathematical Puzzles: A Connoisseur’s Collection, Peter has compiled a new collection of elegant mathematical puzzles to challenge and entertain the reader. The original puzzle connoisseur shares these puzzles, old and new, so that you can add them to your own anthology.

This book is for lovers of mathematics, lovers of puzzles, lovers of a challenge. Most of all, it is for those who think that the world of mathematics is orderly, logical, and intuitive-and are ready to learn otherwise!

The Music of Pythagoras: How an Ancient Brotherhood Cracked the Code of the Universe and Lit the Path from Antiquity to Outer Space

Friday, July 18, 2008

By Kitty Ferguson

Call Number: B243 .F47 2008

The enthralling story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy, and the arts.

“Pythagoras’s influence on the ideas, and therefore on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him,” wrote Arthur Koestler.  Though most people know of him only for the famous Pythagorean Theorem (a² +b²=c²), in fact the pillars of our scientific tradition—belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and that numbers and mathematics are a powerful guide to truth about nature and the cosmos—hark back to the convictions of this legendary sixth-century B.C. scholar.
Born around 570 B.C. on the cultured Aegean island of Samos, Pythagoras (according to ancient tales) studied with the sage Thales nearby at Miletus, and with priests and scribes in Egypt and Babylon. Eventually he founded his own school at Croton in southern Italy, where he and his followers began to unravel the surprising deep truths concealed behind such ordinary tasks as tuning a lyre. While considering why some string lengths produced beautiful sounds and others discordant ones, they uncovered the ratios of musical harmony, and recognized that hidden behind the confusion and complexity of nature are patterns and orderly relationships. They had surprised the Creator at his drafting board and had glimpsed the mind of God! Some of them later would also find something darker in numbers and nature: irrationality, a revelation so unsettling and subversive that it may have contributed to the destruction of their brotherhood.

Praised for her ability to illuminate complex subjects, Kitty Ferguson brilliantly evokes the archaic world of Pythagoras, showing how ideas spread in antiquity, chronicling the influence he and his followers have had on so many extraordinary people in the history of Western thought and science, and bringing a poignant human saga to readers who are daily reminded that harmony and chaos can and do coexist.

Master the GED: Mathematics

Friday, July 11, 2008

By David Herzog, Wallie H. Hammond (editor)

Call Number: QA43 .M285 2007

This straightforward guide to GED mathematics makes mastering math skills easy. A diagonistic pretest before each skills review section helps test takers determine their strengths and weanesses. Expert test-taking strategies geared towards ault leaners. Two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations. Exercises and drills covering all areas of basic math.

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

By Neil J. Salkind

Call Number: HA29 .S2365 2008

This textbook introduces the most commonly used techniques to organize data and perform basic statistical work. Salkind (human development, University of Kansas) covers computing measures of central tendency, distributions and curve plotting, graphing data, probability, statistical significance, correlation/regression, ANOVA, and multiple regression. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Mathematics and Democracy: Designing Better Voting and Fair- Division Procedures

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

By Steven J. Brams
Voters today often desert a preferred candidate for a more viable second choice to avoid wasting their vote. Likewise, parties to a dispute often find themselves unable to agree on a fair division of contested goods. In Mathematics and Democracy, Steven Brams, a leading authority in the use of mathematics to design decision-making processes, shows how social-choice and game theory could make political and social institutions more democratic. Using mathematical analysis, he develops rigorous new procedures that enable voters to better express themselves and that allow disputants to divide goods more fairly.

One of the procedures that Brams proposes is “approval voting,” which allows voters to vote for as many candidates as they like or consider acceptable. There is no ranking, and the candidate with the most votes wins. The voter no longer has to consider whether a vote for a preferred but less popular candidate might be wasted. In the same vein, Brams puts forward new, more equitable procedures for resolving disputes over divisible and indivisible goods. (Description from Call number: JF1001 .B73 2008

Analysis of Variance and Functional Measurement: a practical guide

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

By David J. Weiss
This book is a clear and straightforward guide to analysis of variance, the backbone of experimental research. It will show you how to interpret statistical results and translate them into prose that will clearly tell your audience what your data is saying. To help you become familiar with the techniques used in analysis of variance, there are plenty of end-of-chapter practice problems with suggested answers. As life in the laboratory doesnt always follow a script, there are both new and established techniques for coping with situations that deviate from the norm. Data analysis is not a closed subject, so there are pros and cons for the varied situations you will encounter. The final chapter gives the first elementary presentation of functional measurement, or information integration theory, a methodology built upon analysis of variance that is a powerful technique for studying cognitive processes. The accompanying CD contains CALSTAT, analysis of variance software that is easy to use (really!). In addition to programs for standard analysis, the software includes several specialized routines that have heretofore been presented only in journals. Analysis of Variance is an important resource for students and professionals in the social, behavioral, and neurosciences. (Description from Call number: QA279 .W427 2006

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Friday, March 7, 2008

einstein.jpgBy Walter Isaacson

A century after Albert Einstein began postulating his “Big Idea” about time, space, and gravity, a new biography examines the scientist whose public idolization was surpassed only by his legitimacy as one of humanity’s greatest thinkers. Walter Isaacson, the author of excellent profiles of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, utilizes a trove of material from recently opened Einstein archives to offer a probing look at a provocatively freethinking individual. (Description from Call number: QC16 .E5176 2007