QELP New Book Information
We are pleased to announce the publication of a "liberal arts" collegelevel
mathematics textbook titled Quantitative Reasoning and the Environment. More information about the text can be found at www.enviromath.com.
The focus of our text is data analysis of real environmental data and
modeling with functions and difference equations. The intended audience
is nonscience majors in grades 1214. The text assumes the use of the
TI83 (or similar) graphing calculator, or online applets. Our text
has been classtested in both standalone mathematics courses and in interdisciplinary math and
environmental science courses.
Table of contents
A brief table of contents for our text is listed below. To view an extended
table of contents, click here.
1) Measurement and Units
2) Ratios and Percentages
3) Displays of Data
4) Linear Functions and Regression
5) Exponential Functions and Regression
6) Power Functions and Regression
7) Introduction to Difference Equations
8) Equilibrium Values and Stability
9) Logistic Difference Equations and Chaos
10) Systems of Difference Equations
11) Fundamentals of Statistics
12) Measures of Variability
13) Normal Distributions
Projects
Each chapter is integrated with a student project. The projects
draw heavily on real world data, sometimes provided by the instructor,
sometimes gathered by the students themselves. The projects promote
student investigation and collaboration, and make use of common classroom
resources (rulers, maps, graphing calculators, etc.) In one project,
students measure the sizes of 35 sinkhole lakes in a Florida quadrangle,
and analyze the data in various ways to learn more about measurement,
units and graphing. Another project integrates the basic statistical
analysis of normal distributions and the environmental topic of hazardous
waste. The projects can be viewed and downloaded for free at www.enviromath.com.
