© 1984

Why Math?


Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. R. D. Driver
    Pages 1-20
  3. R. D. Driver
    Pages 21-32
  4. R. D. Driver
    Pages 33-43
  5. R. D. Driver
    Pages 44-61
  6. R. D. Driver
    Pages 62-76
  7. R. D. Driver
    Pages 77-102
  8. R. D. Driver
    Pages 103-122
  9. R. D. Driver
    Pages 123-142
  10. R. D. Driver
    Pages 143-155
  11. R. D. Driver
    Pages 156-169
  12. R. D. Driver
    Pages 170-177
  13. R. D. Driver
    Pages 178-211
  14. R. D. Driver
    Pages 212-220
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 221-233

About this book


This text aims to show that mathematics is useful to virtually everyone. And it seeks to accomplish this by offering the reader plenty of practice in elementary mathematical computations motivated by real-world problems. The prerequisite for this book is a little algebra and geometry-nothing more than entrance requirements at most colleges. I hope that users-especially those who "don't like math"-will complete the course with greater confidence in their ability to solve practical problems (without seeking help from someone who is "good at math"). Here is a sampler of some of the problems to be encountered: I. If a U. S. dollar were worth 1. 15 Canadian dollars, what would a Canadian dollar be worth in U. S. money? 2. If the tax rates are reduced 5% one year and then 10% in each of the next 2 years (as they were between 1981 and 1984), what is the overall reduction for the 3 years? 3. An automobile cooling system contains 10 liters ofa mixture of water and antifreeze which is 25% antifreeze. How much of this should be drained out and replaced with pure antifreeze so that the resulting 10 liters will be 40% antifreeze? 4. If you drive halfway at 30 mph and the rest of the distance at 50 mph, what is your average speed for the entire trip? 5. A tank storing solar heated water stands unmolested in a room having an approximately constant temperature of 80°F.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Why Math?
  • Authors R.D. Driver
  • Series Title Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-90973-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-94427-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-1108-2
  • Series ISSN 0172-6056
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 233
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics, general
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