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Frequently Asked Questions
Finite mathematics &
Applied calculus 6e
Stefan Waner & Steven R. Costenoble

Where can I see the tables of contents for these books?
What are the ISBN numbers of these texts?
Are these "reform" texts, or are these "traditional" texts?
Are there teaching videos and other resources available for distance learning courses?
What technology can I use in conjunction with these books?
Are trig functions covered in the text? If so, can the trig material be easily omitted?
What coverage of non-linear functions can be found in the Finite Mathematics Book?
Where can I obtain 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)?
Which, if any, online homework system is available for these books?
Where can I find the optional Internet topics referred to in the textbook?
Where can I find a complete list of all the Internet resources available on your student web site?
What are easy-to-remember URLs of this Website?
How can I obtain an examination copy of one or more of these books?
Textbooks are expensive! What other options, such as ebooks, echapters or rentals, are there for students not willing to purchase the book?
What student and instructor solutions manuals are available, who wrote them, and how do I obtain them?
Do I require separate TI graphing calculator and spreadsheet/Excel manuals for these books? Also, are there any technology workbook supplements aavaliable?
Can I arrange for a special custom edition of the text to be printed for our curriculum needs?
What test bank materials and lecture slides are available and how do I obtain them?
Where can I find an up-to-date list of corrections, or notify the authors in case I come across any errors?

Q Where can I see the of contents for these books?
A For "live" tables of contents as well as a list of on-line 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.):

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Q What are the ISBN numbers of these texts?
A The ISBN numbers are:

These books can be purchased from at this location in www.Cengage.com (Enter "Waner" or "Costenoble" in the search box at the top of the page and press "Search".)

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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 reform-oriented 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.

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Q Are there teaching videos and other resources such as tutorials and online assignments and testing available for distance learning courses?
A Yes, yes, and yes. This Web site provides section-by-section teaching videos and online section-by-section tutorials and also randomized "game tutorials" in which the tutorials work as games (there are links to the all of these in the "Everything" pages of the student Website). These can be used together as comprehensive online pedagogy content in a distance learning class, and instructors can simply point the student to the growing collection of videos and tutorials without the need to create an extensive collection of online pedagogy typcially demanded in distance learning courses. The on-line utilities provide the distance learning student with a variety of additional tools for task completion without the need to use a graphing calculator or other technology.

For online student assignments and testing, the online testing and homework resources provided by WebAssign are available for these books, enhanced through additional videos and links to the tutorials.

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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 TI-83) is thoroughly integrated throughout the texts. Alternatively, we also offer a comprehensive suite of on-line 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 TI-83/84, the on-line utilities, or none of these. For users of Excel, we also have on-line 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).

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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 self-contained 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 non-linear 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.

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Q What coverage of non-linear functions can be found in the Finite Mathematics Book?
A The Finite Mathematics book has a brief discussion of several kinds of non-linear 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 self-contained chapter in the calculus and combined books.)

Those instructors who require detailed discussion of non-linear 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.

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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)?
A 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 web-based versions of many optional topics, complete with on-line 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 with the e-book from webassign.net, or they can be ordered included in the books ordered from cengagebrain.com.

If you use the the Online Text area of the Student Web Site, you will also find links to interactive web-based versions of many optional topics, complete with on-line exercises, for use in further classroom exploration or Internet assignments.

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Q Where can I find the "Optional Internet Topics" referred to in the textbook?
A Links to all these topics are collected at the On-Line Text area of this Web Site. The topics are also accessible from the "Everything" pages in the Student site, where links to the on-line topics appear as additional sections in the relevant chapters.

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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 color-coded 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 chapter-by-chapter and section-by-section basis.

For an on-line guide to using the site, go here.

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Q What are easy-to-remember URLs of this Website?
A You can link to both the student and instructor web sites from the following portals: