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Mathematical Ideas

Charles D. Miller, Vern E. Heeren, and E. John Hornsby, Jr.
Addison Wesley
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1. The Art of Problem Solving.

Solving Problems by Inductive Reasoning.

An Application of Inductive Reasoning: Number Patterns.

Strategies for Problem Solving.

Calculating, Estimating, and Reading Graphs.

Extension: Using Writing to Learn About Mathematics.

Collaborative Investigation: Discovering Mathematics in Pascal's Triangle.

Chapter 1 Test.

2. The Basic Concepts of Set Theory.

Symbols and Terminology.

Venn Diagrams and Subsets.

Set Operations and Cartesian Products.

Cardinal Numbers and Surveys.

Infinite Sets and Their Cardinalities.

Collaborative Investigation: A Survey of Your Class.

Chapter 2 Test.

3. Introduction to Logic.

Statements and Quantifiers.

Truth Tables and Equivalent Statements.

The Conditional and Circuits.

More on the Conditional.

Extension: Logic Puzzles.

Analyzing Arguments with Euler Diagrams.

Analyzing Arguments with Truth Tables.

Collaborative Investigation: Logic Puzzles.

Chapter 3 Test.

4. Numeration and Mathematical Systems.

Historical Numeration Systems.

Arithmetic in the Hindu-Arabic System.

Conversion Between Number Bases.

Finite Mathematical Systems.


Collaborative Investigation: A Perpetual Calendar Algorithm.

Chapter 4 Test.

5. Number Theory.

Prime and Composite Numbers.

Selected Topics from Number Theory.

Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple.

Modular Systems.

The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio.

Extension: Magic Squares.

Collaborative Investigation: Investigating an Interesting Property of Number Squares.

Chapter 5 Test.

6. The Real Numbers and Their Representations.

Real Numbers, Order, and Absolute Value.

Operations, Properties, and Applications of Real Numbers.

Rational Numbers and Decimal Representation.

Irrational Numbers and Decimal Representation.

Applications of Decimals and Percents.

Extension: Complex Numbers.

Collaborative Investigation: Budgeting to Buy a Car.

Chapter 6 Test.

7. The Basic Concepts of Algebra.

Linear Equations.

Applications of Linear Equations.

Ratio, Proportion, and Variation.

Linear Inequalities.

Properties of Exponents and Scientific Notation.

Polynomials and Factoring.

Quadratic Equations and Applications.

Collaborative Investigation: How Does Your Walking Rate Compare to That of Olympic Race-walkers?

Chapter 7 Test.

8. Graphs, Functions, and Systems of Equations and Inequalities.

The Rectangular Coordinate System and Circles.

Lines and Their Slopes.

Equations of Lines and Linear Models.

An Introduction to Functions: Linear Functions, Applications, and Models.

Quadratic Functions, Applications, and Models.

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Applications, and Models.

Systems of Equations and Applications.

Extension: Using Matrix Row Operations to Solve Systems.

Linear Inequalities, Systems, and Linear Programming.

Collaborative Investigation: Living with AIDS.

Chapter 8 Test.

9. Geometry.

Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles.

Curves, Polygons, and Circles.

Perimeter, Area, and Circumference.

The Geometry of Triangles: Congruence, Similarity, and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Space Figures, Volume, and Surface Area.

Transformational Geometry.

Non-Euclidean Geometry, Topology, and Networks.

Chaos and Fractal Geometry.

Collaborative Investigation: Generalizing the Angle Sum Concept.

Chapter 9 Test.

10. Applications of Trigonometry.

Angles and Their Measures.

Trigonometric Functions of Angles.

Trigonometric Identities.

Right Triangles and Function Values.

Applications of Right Triangles.

The Laws of Sines and Cosines; Area Formulas.

The Unit Circle and Graphs.

Collaborative Investigation: Making a Point about Trigonometric Function Values.

Chapter 10 Test.

11. Counting Methods.

Counting by Systematic Listing.

Using the Fundamental Counting Principle.

Using Permutations and Combinations.

Using Pascal's Triangle and the Binomial Theorem.

Counting Problems Involving “Not” and “Or”.

Collaborative Investigation: Approximating Factorials Using Stirling's Formula.

Chapter 11 Test.

12. Probability.

Basic Concepts.

Events Involving “Not” and “Or”.

Events Involving “And”.

Binomial Probability.

Expected Value.

Estimating Probabilities by Simulation.

Collaborative Investigation: Finding Empirical Values of p.

Chapter 12 Test.

13. Statistics.

Frequency Distributions and Graphs.

Measures of Central Tendency.

Measures of Dispersion.

Measures of Position.

The Normal Distribution.

Extension: How to Lie with Statistics.

Regression and Correlation.

Collaborative Investigation: Combining Sets of Data.

Chapter 13 Test.

14. Consumer Mathematics.

The Time Value of Money.

Consumer Credit.

Truth in Lending.

Purchasing a House.

Buying a House.


Collaborative Investigation.

Chapter 14 Test.

Appendix: The Metric System A-1.