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Mathematics in Everyday Life

Authors: Haigh, John

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  • Provides practice in working with mathematical ideas that arise in more formal or abstract settings
  • Demonstrates the versatility of mathematics by demonstrating how it can be used to give insights into a wide variety of everyday events
  • Explores real-life examples of how mathematics works
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About this Textbook

How does mathematics impact everyday events? The purpose of this book is to show a range of examples where mathematics can be seen at work in everyday life. 

From money (APR, mortgage repayments, personal finance), simple first and second order ODEs, sport and games (tennis, rugby, athletics, darts, tournament design, soccer, snooker), business (stock control, linear programming, check digits, promotion policies, investment), the social sciences (voting methods, Simpson’s Paradox, drug testing, measurements of inequality) to TV game shows and even gambling (lotteries, roulette, poker, horse racing), the mathematics behind commonplace events is explored. Fully worked examples illustrate the ideas discussed and each chapter ends with a collection of exercises.

Everyday Mathematics supports other first year modules by giving students extra practice in working with calculus, linear algebra, geometry, trigonometry and probability. Secondary/high school level mathematics is all that is required for students to understand the material. Those students whose degree course includes writing an extended mathematical essay will find many suitable topics here, with pointers to extend and develop the material. 

About the authors

John Haigh set up the module “Mathematics In Everyday Life” at Sussex University in 2005, in response to a desire to show First Year students some of the areas where their mathematical skills and knowledge could provide useful insight, and to give them practice in applying the mathematics they were learning on other modules. This book has the benefit of feedback from several cohorts of students.

John has also written the well-received Popular Science book “Taking Chances” and, with Rob Eastaway, “The Hidden Mathematics of Sport”. 

Reviews

“This book is a fairly dense treatment of a range of mathematical applications, from trigonometry through calculus, probability, basic counting, and voting theory. The work claims to be a source of topics for writing assignments in undergraduate math courses. … the book may best serve as a reference on a professor's shelf to skim through … .” (J. Rana, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)

“A large number of exercises are given at the end of each chapter … . While this book is a good response to the first year calculus student asking what math is used for, it is a significant overstatement to consider the contents a topic of everyday life.” (Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, maa.org, March, 2016)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-27939-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-27937-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics in Everyday Life
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-27939-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-27939-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-27937-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 159
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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