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Mathematics for Business, Science, and Technology (2006)

Mathematics for Business, Science, and Technology

May 11, 2006 | English | 0974423904 | True PDF | 599 pages | 5.28 MB

This book is different from others of the same subject. It goes from one extreme to another; starts with junior high math material and ends with college graduate material. It is written for a. high school graduates preparing to take business or science courses at community colleges or universities b. working professionals who feel that they need a math review from the very beginning c. young students and working professionals who are enrolled in continued education institutions, and majoring in business related topics, such as business administration and accounting, and those pursuing a career in science, electronics, and computer technology. Chapter 1 begins with basic arithmetic operations, introduces the SI system of units, and discusses different types of graphs. Chapter 2 is an introduction to the basics of algebra. Chapter 3 is a continuation of Chapter 2 and presents some practical examples with systems of two and three equations. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss the fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry respectively. These treatments are not exhaustive; these chapters contain basic concepts that are used in science and technology. Chapter 6 is an abbreviated, yet a practical introduction to calculus. Chapters 7 and 8 are new for this edition. They serve as an introduction to the mathematics of finance and economics and the concepts are illustrated with numerous real-world applications and examples. Chapters 9 through 13 are devoted to probability and statistics. Many practical examples are given to illustrate the importance of this branch of mathematics. The topics that are discussed, are especially important in management decisions and in reliability. Some readers may find certain topics hard to follow; these may be skipped without loss of continuity. In all chapters, numerous examples are given to teach the reader how to obtain quick answers to some complicated problems using computer tools such as MATLAB®and Microsoft Excel.® Appendix A is intended to teach the interested reader how to use MATLAB. Many practical examples are presented. The Student Edition of MATLAB is an inexpensive software package; it can be found in many college bookstores, or can be obtained directly from The MathWorks™ Inc., 3 Apple Hill Drive, Natick, MA 01760-2098 Phone: 508 647-7000, Fax: 508 647-7001http://www.mathworks.com e-mail: info@mathwork.com Appendix B introduces the gamma and beta functions. These appear in the gamma and beta distributions and find many applications in business, science, and engineering. For instance, the Erlang distributions, which are a special case of the gamma distribution, form the basis of queuing theory. Appendix C is an introduction to Markov chains. A few practical examples illustrate their application in making management decisions.