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Mathematics for Sustainability

  • John Roe
  • Russ deForest
  • Sara Jamshidi

Part of the Texts for Quantitative Critical Thinking book series (TQCT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Fundamental Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 3-65
    3. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 67-125
    4. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 127-182
    5. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 183-257
    6. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 259-344
    7. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 345-407
  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
    2. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 411-479
  4. Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 481-481
    2. John Roe, Russ deForest, Sara Jamshidi
      Pages 483-490
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 491-523

About this book

Introduction

Designed for the 21st century classroom, this textbook poses, refines, and analyzes questions of sustainability in a quantitative environment. Building mathematical knowledge in the context of issues relevant to every global citizen today, this text takes an approach that empowers students of all disciplines to understand and reason with quantitative information. Whatever conclusions may be reached on a given topic, this book will prepare the reader to think critically about their own and other people’s arguments and to support them with careful, mathematical reasoning.

Topics are grouped in themes of measurement, flow, connectivity, change, risk, and decision-making. Mathematical thinking is at the fore throughout, as students learn to model sustainability on local, regional, and global scales. Exercises emphasize concepts, while projects build and challenge communication skills. With no prerequisites beyond high school algebra, instructors will find this book a rich resource for engaging all majors in the mathematics classroom.

From the Foreword

No longer will you be just a spectator when people give you quantitative information—you will become an active participant who can engage and contribute new insights to any discussion.[…] There are many math books that will feed you knowledge, but it is rare to see a book like this one that will help you cultivate wisdom.[…] As the authors illustrate, mathematics that pays attention to human considerations can help you look at the world with a new lens, help you frame important questions, and help you make wise decisions.  Francis Edward Su, Harvey Mudd College

Keywords

Sustainability Networks and decisions Mathematics for sustainability textbook Mathematics of planet earth textbook Quantitative reasoning textbook Data and distributions Quantitative decision-making Critical thinking with data Equilibrium states Dynamic networks Logistic models Case studies in sustainability Quantitative communication skills

Authors and affiliations

  • John Roe
    • 1
  • Russ deForest
    • 2
  • Sara Jamshidi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76660-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76659-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76660-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-8647
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-8655
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