

Frequently Asked Questions
Finite mathematics & Applied calculus 5e Stefan Waner & Steven R. Costenoble 
Q Where can I see the of contents for these books?
A For "live" tables of contents as well as a list of online resources for all three books, click on the following links, which will take you to the "Everything" pages in the Student Web Site. (To return here, just press your browser "back" button.):
Q What are the ISBN numbers of these texts?
A The ISBN numbers are:
Q Are these "reform" texts, or are these "traditional" texts?
A We like to think of them as bridging the gap by combining the best of both worlds: a reformoriented focus on applications, concepts, and technology, but with the careful organization, extensive and thorough exercise sets and mathematical precision characteristic of more traditional texts. For more details and sample pages, go here.
Q What technology can I use in conjunction with these books?
A Guidance on the use of spreadsheets (we use Microsoft's Excel) and graphing calculators (we use the TI83) is thoroughly integrated throughout the texts. Alternatively, we also offer a comprehensive suite of online utilities that are documented in the text, and can be used on any standard browser. The instructor may choose to focus entirely on Excel, the TI83/84, the online utilities, or none of these. For users of Excel, we also have online Excel tutorials based on many sections in the books (go to the Student Web Site link to "Everything for Calculus" (or Finite Math as the case may be), choose a chapter, and go to the Excel tutorials at the end of that chapter).
Q Are trig functions covered in the text? If so, can the trig material be easily omitted?
A Short answer: yes and yes. Trigonometric functions and models are covered in a selfcontained chapter (Chapter 9 in the Calculus book and Chapter 16 in the Finite Math and Calculus book). This chapter can be taught in its entirety anytime after the chapter on the integral. Alternatively, individual sections of the trig functions chapter can be taught earlier to achieve a thorough integration of trig material in the course. (For instance, the first section can be taught along with nonlinear functions, the second section can be taught along with the derivatives material, and the third section along with the integral.)
If you choose to omit trigonometric functions, simply omit that chapter.
Q What coverage of nonlinear functions can be found in the Finite Mathematics Book?
A The Finite Mathematics book has a brief discussion of several kinds of nonlinear functions and their graphs in the first two sections of Chapter 1. For a detailed treatment of quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and logistic functions, you would need to use Chapter 10 of the combined book (Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus) which is the same as Chapter 2 of Applied Calculus. (Trigonometric functions are also covered within a selfcontained chapter in the calculus and combined books.)
Those instructors who require detailed discussion of nonlinear functions beyond the material in Chapter 1 could therefore either opt for the combined book, or simply order a custom version of the Finite book with Chapter 10 (combined) added.
Q Where can I obtain examination copies of the optional extra sections (such as Determinants and Cramer's Rule, the Chain Rule for Functions of Several Variables, and Calculus Applied to Probability and Statistics)?
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The best way to see the optional printed material is through your Cengage rep.
If you use the the Online Text area of the Student Web Site, you will also find links to interactive webbased versions of many optional topics, complete with online exercises, for use in further classroom exploration or Internet assignments.
Q Which, if any, online homework system is available for these books?
A We use the extremely popular WebAssign homework and grading system. Students can either purchase individual WebAssign access codes, or they can be ordered included in the books.
If you use the the Online Text area of the Student Web Site, you will also find links to interactive webbased versions of many optional topics, complete with online exercises, for use in further classroom exploration or Internet assignments.
Q Where can I find the "Optional Internet Topics" referred to in the textbook?
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Links to all these topics are collected at the OnLine Text area of this Web Site. The topics are also accessible from the "Everything" pages in the Student site, where links to the online topics appear as additional sections in the relevant chapters.
Q Where can I find a complete list of all the Internet resources available on your student web site?
A That's easy. On our Student Web Site we have three colorcoded links:
These links take you to live tables of contents for the three books, where links to all the student resources are arranged on a chapterbychapter and sectionbysection basis.
For an online guide to using the site, go here.
Q What are easytoremember URLs of this Website?
A You can link to both the student and instructor web sites from the following alternate portals:
Q How can I obtain an examination copy of one or more of these books?
A Go here.
Q Textbooks are expensive! What other options, such as ebooks, echapters or rentals are there for students not willing to purchase the textbook?
A CengageBrain is the publisher's new directtostudent site where a student can purchase a print book, buy an ebook or echapter, and in the case of the 5th edition rent the book for 6 months. Go to the CengageBrain site, enter "Waner" or "Costenoble" in the search box under "author" and press "Search".
Q What student and instructor solutions manuals are available, and how do I obtain them?
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Student manuals, written by the authors, are available. Further, the instructor's solutions manuals, also written by the authors, are available on the PowerLecture (instructor's resource) CD, which also contains testbank items and other resources.
The following instructor's supplements are available via Solution Builder, accessible from the PowerLecture (instructor's resource) CD. (contact your Cengage representative. Alternatively, contact Academic Support at 8004230563):
Q What technology manuals (graphing calculator and Excel) are available, and how do I obtain them?
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The following technology supplements are available. All can be purchased from the Cengage website (Follow this location in www.Cengage.com, enter "Waner" or "Costenoble" in the search box at the top of the page to find the text you are interested in, and click on "Supplements")
Q Can I arrange for a special custom edition of the text to be printed for our curriculum needs?
A Yes, both texts are available for custom publishing. For more information, go to
this location.
Q What test bank materials are available and how do I obtain them?
A Our test bank is available in a variety of formats: We have a printed test bank available to qualified adopters, and the test bank is also available electronically in Microsoft Word format on our Instructor's Suite CDROM. Finally, BCA is our electronic testing and course management system which is available with Waner/Costenoble. For more information on BCA's power and versatility, please visit http://bca.brookscole.com, and view the multimedia tour. For information on how to obtain any or all of these products, please contact your local Brooks Cole representative.
Q Where can I find an uptodate list of corrections, or notify the authors in case I come across any errors?
A Maintaining a collection of texts that are as errorfree as possible is a priority for us. All typos or errors we identify will eliminated in subsequent printings, and also listed on our updated corrections page. We hope that this listing will be helpful to instructors and students using the text until the appearance of subsequent printings. Please notify us by email of any errors or typos you encounter that are not already identified on the list.
Last Updated: December, 2009