Features and Benefits

  • Seeing the relevance of the material motivates students to learn.
    • The authors emphasize Why This Is Important when presenting math concepts to help students make the connection between their lives and the mathematics they are learning. “Why This Is Important” notes appear in all chapter and section opener applications, as well as the “Mathematics Today” features.
    • Recreational Math boxes show how math is can be entertaining. In addition, Recreational Mathematics exercises are available the exercise sets so that they can be assigned as homework.
    • Mathematics Today boxes discuss current, real-life uses of the mathematical concept in the chapter. Each box ends with Why This Is Important.
    • Chapter and section openers incorporate applications as a way to motivate students. For example, the opener for Chapter 3 (Logic) demonstrates how logic has become important in electronic devices such as cell phones and digital cameras.
      • NEW! Many chapter and section openers contain new, interesting, and motivational information and applications that illustrate the real-world nature of the material.
    • Did You Know? are thoughtful boxes that highlight the connections of mathematics to a broad variety of disciplines including history, the arts, science, and technology.
    • Profiles in Mathematics present the stories of people who have advanced the discipline of mathematics in brief historical sketches and vignettes.
  • Support for problem solving and exam preparation helps students achieve success in the course.
    • Problem solving begins in Chapter 1, where students are introduced to problem-solving techniques and critical thinking. Problem solving exercises help develop these skills throughout the text.
    • Critical thinking skills are developed throughout the book, including the sections on inductive reasoning, estimation, and dimensional analysis. Challenge Problems also appear in the exercise sets to test a student’s ability to think critically.
    • Timely Tips are easy-to-identify boxes that help students with concept comprehension or relate the material to other sections of the book.
    • Chapter Summaries, organized in a chart format, provide an intuitive study and review experience. For each concept, definition, or idea presented, students are directed to the exact place in the text where the item is discussed.
    • Procedures are boxed and set apart from the text for easy identification and future reference.
  • Extensive opportunities to practice and apply the concepts help students learn by doing. In the Tenth Edition, approximately 30% of the examples and exercises are new or updated to reflect current data and topics of interest to today’s students.
    • Exercise sets begin with fill-in-the-blank Warm Up Exercises. Exercises also include Practice the Skills, Problem Solving, Challenge Problems/Group Activities, Recreational Mathematics, and Research Activities.
      • NEW! Data-driven improvements: the authors have analyzed usage and performance data from the previous edition's MyMathLab course to improve the quality and quantity of exercises that matter most to instructors and students.
    • Group Projects, available in MyMathLab, provide an opportunity for student collaboration.
    • Review Exercises are organized by section, helping students see where they are proficient and where they need additional study. In the Tenth Edition, Chapter Tests each contain 20 questions to provide consistency in exam preparation.
    • MyMathLab, available for course management and online homework, has increased exercise coverage, course options that minimize set-up time, and additional functionality to make it easier to teach the course.
  • Technology Tips explain how students can use calculators or Microsoft Excel® to work certain types of application problems.