Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

Jason I. Brown

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December 4, 2014 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 440 Pages - 143 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781466593367 - CAT# K20609


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  • Teaches practical mathematics topics to undergraduate students who are not math majors
  • Meets the quantitative reasoning requirements for math for liberal arts courses
  • Provides self-contained chapters that use real-life stories to capture students’ interest and motivate them to work through the math
  • Encourages students to apply the methods outside of the classroom
  • Includes historical background as well as mathematical formulas, results, and principles
  • Contains exercises at the end of each section and at the end of each chapter, totaling more than 600 throughout the book
  • Offers software programs and more examples on the author’s website

Solutions manual available upon qualifying course adoption


Students See How Far a Little Math Can Take Them in Their Daily Lives

Mathematics for the Liberal Arts teaches everyday mathematics topics to non-math majors at the undergraduate level. Through numerous examples and more than 600 exercises, students learn how to use math seamlessly in a variety of practical areas, from conversion factors, statistics, visualization, money, and risk to games, art, music, and humor.

The text develops a logical, real-world approach to data and reasoning, showing students how to:

  • Think both analytically and visually about data
  • Use graphics to make a point
  • Make sound monetary and nonmonetary decisions
  • Evaluate risk taking
  • Strategize to win at games
  • Appreciate more fully art, music, and humor

Going beyond mere numerics and calculations, this textbook helps students become life-long learners exceeding the confines of a course. They will find that with a little more math, their daily lives will be more productive, understandable, and creative.

Web Resource
The author’s website provides a number of additional examples, including musical ones. It also offers one-of-a-kind software programs for the art and music material in the book.