Second Edition   ©2015

Quantitative Literacy

Thinking Between the Lines

Bruce Crauder (Oklahoma State University) , Benny Evans (Oklahoma State University) , Jerry Johnson (University of Nevada, Reno) , Alan Noell (Oklahoma State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4641-2512-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-2512-6; Format: Cloth Text, 752 pages

What Do You Think?
Each section now concludes with a series of ten questions that ask students to think critically about important concepts. For example, after learning about long-term extrapolation, students are asking to consider which is more reliable: an article using recent data to estimate unemployment rates one year from now, or an article using the same data to estimate unemployment rates 10 years in the future.

New Examples and Exercises
This edition offers dozens of new examples and exercises, on a variety of topics including the price of a Kindle and growth of social networks.

New Section! Quadratics and Parabolas (Ch. 3, Linear and Exponential Change)
This new section teaches students about the quadratic function and the shape and use of parabolas, showing how these concepts can be used to answer questions such as:

  • What is the peak parking time in a congested city?
  • At what speed is the automobile accident rate at its minimum?
  • How much will it cost to fence my yard?

Increased Use of Technology for Problem-solving
Throughout, the text shows students how to use calculators and spreadsheets, with screenshots as guides to inputting data correctly.

New! Dynamic Figures
These interactive versions of figures from the textbook foster active learning by letting students manipulate variables and interpret the results for themselves.

Developed with extensive feedback from instructors and students, W.H. Frreman’s breakthrough online course space offers:

  • Pre-built Units for each chapter, curated by experienced educators, with media for that chapter organized and ready to assign or customize to suit your course.
  • All online resources for the text in one location, including an interactive e-book, LearningCurve adaptive quizzing (see below), interactive applets, Dynamic Figures with manipulable variables, MathClips whiteboard videos, and more.
  • Powerful Online Homework Options, with algorithmically generated exercises including LearningCurve, precalculus quizzes, and more
  • Helpful analytics, with a Gradebook that lets you see how your class is doing individually and as a whole.
  • A streamlined and intuitive interface that lets you build an entire course in minutes.

In a game-like format, LearningCurve adaptive and formative quizzing provides an effective way to get students involved in the coursework. It offers:

  • A unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers.
  • A Personalized Study Plan, to guide students’ preparation for class and for exams.
  • Feedback for each question with live links to relevant e-book pages, guiding students to the reading they need to do to improve their areas of weakness.