Features and Benefits

The Sixth Edition increases the text’s emphasis on developing problem-solving skills with additional support in the text and new problem-solving questions in MathXL for School and MyMathLab for School. Quantitative reasoning is brought to the forefront with new Between the Numbers features and related exercises. Since practice is the key to success in this course, exercise sets are updated and expanded.

  • The patient writing style and carefully chosen support features help students succeed in the course. Students appreciate that the author’s approach is like the help they would receive during their own instructors’ office hours. 
    • Objectives are listed at the beginning of each section to give students a clear idea of what they are going to learn.
    • In Examples, Pirnot carefully explains each step to ensure that readers understand the concepts and not just the procedures. Helpful annotations keep students focused on what is most important so that they learn to work problems on their own.
    • Some Good Advice boxes point out common mistakes, provide further advice on problem solving, and make connections between different areas of mathematics.
    • ENHANCED! Quiz Yourself exercises throughout each section allow students to check their understanding of the material immediately after reading it. These quizzes encourage student participation and, new to the Fifth Edition, Quiz Yourself exercises will be assignable in MyMathLab.
    • Key Points in the margin highlight the main ideas in each section, making it easy to review for tests and quizzes.
    • The Chapter Summary is designed in a student-friendly table format, aligns chapter objectives with relevant examples, and makes it easy to study and review.
  • Problem solving is a central theme of the text, which helps students in the liberal arts math course develop this critical skill.
    • Problem-solving strategies are introduced in Chapter 1, and these techniques and principles form a common theme that is woven throughout the book.
    • Problem Solving boxes throughout the text remind students of specific problem-solving strategies or principles that are appropriate for the example they are reviewing. These boxes relate back to the problem-solving material introduced in Chapter 1.
    • NEW! Problem-solving voice balloons now appear in many examples, offering tips about which problem-solving strategy might be applied to solve the example. This helps students focus on setting up the problem correctly.
    • NEW! MyMathLab now includes an exercise type that asks students to choose the appropriate problem-solving strategy before working a multi-part solution.
  • Pirnot recognizes that students taking this course have diverse interests. Each chapter relates the math to applications that students will see outside the classroom.
    • NEW! Between the Numbers features emphasize quantitative reasoning and literacy placing math in context for students. Section exercises include a Between the Numbers category, asking students to think critically about an applied situation and explain their findings.
    • Math in Your Life boxes connect the mathematics to students’ majors as well as to their everyday lives. By making these connections, students can put the material into proper context, making learning more effective.
    • Looking Deeper sections end each chapter, covering an interesting topic that goes beyond the material in the chapter. This content is included in the chapter summary and is tested in the Review Exercises and Chapter Test.
  • Exercise sets are robust and varied, to provide maximum flexibility for instructors and to provide students with ample practice opportunities. Over 800 exercises are updated or new in the Fifth Edition.
    • MathXL for School or MyMathLab for School delivers proven results in helping individual students succeed. It provides engaging experiences that personalize, stimulate, and measure learning for each student. And, it comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and an eye on the future. Increased exercise coverage that gives instructors more flexibility when building assignments and offers students more practice opportunities.
    • NEW! Problem-solving exercises, which require students to select a strategy and then work through the stepped-out problem.
    • NEW! Vocabulary exercises, to ensure that students understand new terms.
    • NEW! Quiz Yourself exercises, which mirror the Quiz Yourself problems in each section, to provide hands-on practice that aligns with the examples in the chapter.
    • NEW! Lecture video assessment questions enable instructors to assign lecture videos and truly assess student understanding.