Finite Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, Global Edition (14e) : 9781292264202

Finite Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, Global Edition (14e)

Barnett / Ziegler / Byleen
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For one-semester courses in Finite Mathematics.

Helps students “get the idea.”

Finite Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, 14th Edition offers more built-in guidance than any other text for this course — with special emphasis on applications and prerequisite skills — and a host of student-friendly features to help students catch up or learn on their own. The text’s emphasis on helping students “get the idea” is enhanced in the new edition by a design refresh, updated data and applications, and a robust MyLab™ Math course.

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Table of contents

1. Functions and Graphs

1.1 Functions

1.2 Elementary Functions: Graphs and Transformations

1.3 Quadratic Functions

1.4 Polynomial and Rational Functions

1.5 Exponential Functions

1.6 Logarithmic Functions

Chapter 1 Summary and Review

Review Exercises


2. Mathematics of Finance

2.1 Simple Interest

2.2 Compound and Continuous Compound Interest

2.3 Future Value of an Annuity; Sinking Funds

2.4 Present Value of an Annuity; Amortization

Chapter 2 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

3. Systems of Linear Equations; Matrices

3.1 Review: Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

3.2 Systems of Linear Equations and Augmented Matrices

3.3 Gauss—Jordan Elimination

3.4 Matrices: Basic Operations

3.5 Inverse of a Square Matrix

3.6 Matrix Equations and Systems of Linear Equations

3.7 Leontief Input—Output Analysis

Chapter 3 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

4. Linear Inequalities and Linear Programming

4.1 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

4.2 Systems of Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

4.3 Linear Programming in Two Dimensions: A Geometric Approach

Chapter 4 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

5. Linear Programming: The Simplex Method

5.1 The Table Method: An Introduction to the Simplex Method

5.2 The Simplex Method: Maximization with Problem Constraints of the Form ≤

5.3 The Dual Problem: Minimization with Problem Constraints of the Form ≥

5.4 Maximization and Minimization with Mixed Problem Constraints

Chapter 5 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

6. Logic, Sets, and Counting

6.1 Logic

6.2 Sets

6.3 Basic Counting Principles

6.4 Permutations and Combinations

Chapter 6 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

7. Probability

7.1 Sample Spaces, Events, and Probability

7.2 Union, Intersection, and Complement of Events; Odds

7.3 Conditional Probability, Intersection, and Independence

7.4 Bayes’ Formula

7.5 Random Variable, Probability Distribution, and Expected Value

Chapter 7 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

8. Markov Chains

8.1 Properties of Markov Chains

8.2 Regular Markov Chains

8.3 Absorbing Markov Chains

Chapter 8 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

9. Data Description and Probability Distributions

9.1 Graphing Data

9.2 Measures of Central Tendency

9.3 Measures of Dispersion

9.4 Bernoulli Trials and Binomial Distributions

9.5 Normal Distributions

Chapter 9 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

10. Games and Decisions (online)

10.1 Strictly Determined Games

10.2 Mixed-Strategy Games

10.3 Linear Programming and 2 x 2 Games: A Geometric Approach

10.4 Linear Programming and m x n Games: Simplex Method and the Dual Problem

Chapter 10 Summary and Review

Review Exercises

Appendix A: Linear Equations and Graphs

A.1 Linear Equations and Inequalities

A.2 Graphs and Lines

A.3 Linear Regression

Appendix B: Basic Algebra Review

B.1 Real Numbers

B.2 Operations on Polynomials

B.3 Factoring Polynomials

B.4 Operations on Rational Expressions

B.5 Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation

B.6 Rational Exponents and Radicals

B.7 Quadratic Equations

Appendix C: Special Topics (online)

C.1 Sequences, Series, and Summation Notation

C.2 Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences

C.3 Binomial Theorem

Appendix D: Area under the Standard Normal Curve



Index of Applications
Features & benefits

This title is a Pearson Global Edition. The Editorial team at Pearson has worked closely with educators around the world to include content which is especially relevant to students outside the United States.

Helps students “get the idea” through an extensive built-in guidance

  • More than 300 completely worked examples introduce concepts and demonstrate problem-solving techniques.
  • Matched Problems accompany each of the worked examples to help students gain solid knowledge of the basic topics and assess their own level of understanding before moving on.
  • In order to emphasize problem solving, concepts, and computational skills, most derivations and proofs are omitted, except where their inclusion adds significant insight into a particular concept.
  • NEW! Full-color design and modern look helps students navigate the text and enhances its pedagogical features. The revised design is free of potentially distracting elements. The figures in the text have been re-rendered using the latest software and re-conceived to take advantage of a full color palette in order to maximize their instructional potential.

A flexible structure that helps instructors meet the varied needs of their students

  • The variety of exercise types and difficulty levels enable instructors to easily craft homework assignments tailored to their students’ needs:
  • Exercise sets at the end of each section consist of Skills Warm-up problems that review prerequisite knowledge specific to that section, followed by problems that are categorized according to level of difficulty (A, B, and C), followed by Applications.
    • Applications give students substantial experience in modeling and solving real-world problems. Almost every exercise set contains application problems that were derived from real-world situations.
    • Chapter Reviews include a comprehensive summary of important terms, symbols, and concepts, keyed to completely worked examples, and are followed by a set of Review Exercises. 
    •  Diagnostic Prerequisite Test assesses students prerequisite skills prior to taking the course and provides a Basic Algebra Review to help them remediate in specific areas of need.

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