Features and Benefits

About the Book

  • The flexible, student-oriented presentation enables them to study and learn independently, while showing them how the concepts apply to their future careers.
    • NEW! Steven Hair (The Pennsylvania State University) is the new co-author on the 12th Edition, bringing a fresh eye to the content as well as to the MyMathLab® for School course.
    • Because finite mathematics courses vary in content and approach, these authors present a wide range of topics with a high degree of flexibility, so that instructors can easily align the order with their syllabus.
    • UPDATED! Relevant and varied applications contain real data and provide a realistic look at how mathematics applies to other disciplines and everyday life. Whenever possible, applications are used to motivate the mathematics. The variety of applications is evident in the Index of Applications.
    • Personal finance discussions include many issues that students will confront in the real world, such as traditional and Roth IRAs, consumer loans, mortgages with points, interest-only and adjustable rate mortgages.
  • EXPANDED! Time-tested exercise sets (containing 3580 exercises) give instructors flexibility when building assignments, with exercises sorted by level, and exercises that encourage students to use technology to solve problems.
  • Just-in-time support throughout the chapters helps students of all skill levels study more efficiently. In addition to the 370 examples with thoughtfully selected computational detail to help students whose basic skills are weak, the authors include the following:
    • NEW! “Help text” within examples (shown in blue type) helps students understand key algebraic and numerical transitions.
    • “Now Try” Exercises appear after select examples, mirroring how an instructor might stop in class to ask students to try a problem, allowing them to immediately apply their understanding.
    • Check Your Understanding problems appear at the end of each section to prepare students for the exercise sets, encouraging them to reflect on what they’ve learned before applying it further.
    • End-of-Chapter study aids help students recall key ideas and focus on the relevance of these concepts. Fundamental Concept Check Exercises and Chapter Review Exercises prepare students for potential exam questions.
  • Built-in technology support ensures students understand how to use the tools to do their assignments.
    • Integrating Technology features within sections allow students to incorporate technology into the learning process, including graphing calculators, spreadsheets, and Wolfram|Alpha®.
    • UPDATED! In the 12th Edition, graphing calculator screens are in color and updated to the TI-84 Plus CE format, and Excel discussions refer to Excel 2013 and Excel 2016.

Also available with MyMathLab® for School

MyMathLab for School is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice what they learn, test their understanding, and pursue a personalized study plan that helps them absorb course material and understand difficult concepts.

  • Robust exercise sets and resources in MyMathLab for School help develop skills, conceptual understanding, visualization, and applications.
    • A wide range of exercise types, each with immediate feedback—approximately 2540 assignable exercises for this text regenerate algorithmically to give students unlimited opportunity for practice and mastery. MyMathLab for School provides helpful feedback when students enter incorrect answers and includes optional learning aids including Help Me Solve This, View an Example, videos, and an eText.
    • NEW! Setup & Solve Exercises require students to first set up, then solve a problem. This better matches what they are asked to do on tests and promotes long-term retention of the skill.
    • NEW! MathTalk and StatTalk videos connect the math to the real world (particularly business). The videos include assignable exercises to gauge students’ understanding of video content.
    • UPDATED! Interactive Figures illustrate key concepts and allow manipulation for use as teaching and learning tools. These are now in HTML format (no plug-in required) and are supported by assignable exercises and tutorial videos.
  • The complete eText is available to students through their MyMathLab for School courses for the lifetime of the edition, giving students unlimited access to the eText within any course using that edition of the textbook.
  • Personalized learning and just-in-time support helps students of all skill levels study more efficiently.
    • UPDATED! Over 238 Example-based Videos, 110 of which are new to this edition, are available as learning aids within exercises and for self-study. The Guide to Video-Based Assignments makes it easy to assign videos for homework by showing which MyMathLab for School exercises correspond to each video.
    • NEW! Skills for Success Modules help students with the life skills that can make the difference between passing and failing.
    • NEW! An Integrated Review MyMathLab for School course contains pre-made quizzes to assess the prerequisite skills needed for each chapter, plus personalized remediation for any gaps in skills that are identified.
  • Built-in technology support and access to statistical software ensure students understand how to use the tools to do their assignments.
    • New! StatCrunch®, a fully functional statistics package, is provided to support the statistics content in the course.
    • NEW! Graphing Calculator videos, now available as learning aids within select exercises and in the Multimedia Library, complement the videos previously available that show to augment “by hand” methods. Students benefit from the just-in-time support, and instructors gain more flexibility in designing their courses.
    • NEW! Graphing Calculator and Excel Spreadsheet Manuals, specific to this course, are now downloadable from MyMathLab for School.
  • NEW! Instructor’s Answers document (downloadable) provides all Student Edition answers in one place and augments the downloadable Instructor’s Solutions Manual, which contains all solutions.
  • Learning Catalyticshelps instructors generate class discussion, customize lectures, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics. As a student response tool, Learning Catalytics uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.
    • Help your students develop critical thinking skills.
    • Monitor responses to find out where your students are struggling.
    • Rely on real-time data to adjust your teaching strategy.
    • Automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning.
    • NEW! Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions.
    • NEW! Team names are no longer case sensitive.