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Contemporary Mathematics for Business & Consumers, 8th Edition

  • Robert Brechner
  • George Bergeman
  • ISBN-10: 1305585445
  • ISBN-13: 9781305585447
  • 816 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2012, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Help even your most uncertain students overcome math anxiety and confidently master key mathematical concepts and their business applications with Brechner/Bergeman's CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS AND CONSUMERS, 8E. This unique modular approach invites students into a successful, interactive learning experience with numerous real-world business examples and integrated teaching technology. Refined and enhanced over eight editions, this text continues to incorporate a proven step-by-step instructional model that allows you and your students to progress together one topic at a time without being intimidated or overwhelmed. This new edition offers a fresh, reader-friendly design, a personalized study plan, problems with interactive solutions, and videos created by the author that walk students through sample problems. Students immediately practice concepts to reinforce learning and hone essential skills with this edition’s more than 2,000 new, revised, and proven exercises. To further model solution strategies, Jump Start problems introduce each new topic in the section exercise sets and provide a worked-out solution to help students get started.

Features

  • A UNIQUE MODULAR APPROACH DELIVERS STRONG SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AT ALL SKILL LEVELS. Each chapter is divided into discrete performance objectives. For each objective, the text guides students to mastery by way of a carefully designed learning system that includes these components: (1) a discussion of the topic, (2) a step box clearly describing the solution steps, (3) an example with a complete step-by-step solution, and (4) a Try-It Exercise with solution so that students can immediately test their understanding.

  • SECTION REVIEW EXERCISES IMMEDIATELY REINFORCE LEARNING AND INCLUDE JUMP START PROBLEMS TO HELP STUDENTS GET STARTED. Each new topic set in every Section Review includes a worked-out solution for the first question. Students have the advantage of reviewing this completed problem to help them get started before they continue.

  • SPECIAL FEATURES ENGAGE STUDENTS AND CONNECT BUSINESS MATH TOPICS TO ISSUES AND CONCERNS ENCOUNTERED IN EVERYDAY LIFE AS WELL AS IN BUSNESS SETTINGS. This new edition is reader-driven with a striking visual format designed to appeal to today’s student. “Business Math Journal” and “In the Business World” features stimulate student curiosity as they highlight the most current news and statistics related to chapter topics. Numerous captivating real-life examples illustrate each chapter’s key concepts, whereas all-new “Dollars and Sense” features provide helpful personal finance and business money tips.

  • BUSINESS DECISION EXERCISES INTEGRATE MULTIPLE CONCEPTS. Business Decision Exercises in each section give students the opportunity to apply multiple concepts within a detailed, realistic business scenario. These proven exercises sharpen students’ critical-thinking skills, provide a solid review of topics, and help students see the usefulness of the concepts they are learning.

  • OFFERING A COMPLETE SUITE OF SUPPLEMENTAL TEACHING AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGY, THE CENGAGENOW COUSRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ENGAGES, INSTRUCTS, AND ASSESSES STUDENTS.

  • Each and every text objective is accompanied by a video created by author George Bergeman that walks students through detailed, step-by-step solutions to sample problems.

  • Also linked to each text objective, corresponding objective-based homework and test questions include complete step-by-step solutions to each problem so students can pinpoint and correct areas of weakness by performing their own error analyses. Each algorithmically generated homework, quiz, and test assignment delivers both assessment and instruction!

  • In addition to objective-based questions, instructors also have the option of assigning algorithmically generated homework based on the end-of-section exercises. These problems also include concise solutions to help students master topics.

  • Furthermore, a comprehensive and extensive test bank provides both printed and online quizzes and exams.

About the Author

Robert Brechner

Robert A. Brechner was Professor Emeritus, School of Business, at Miami Dade College -- the largest multi-campus community college in the country. For 42 years he taught business math, principles of business, marketing, advertising, public relations, management and personal finance. He was Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton; International Fine Arts College, Miami; and Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In addition to CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS, Mr. Brechner authored numerous successful texts highlighting annuities, management, business math and applied math, and he consulted widely with industrial companies.

George Bergeman

George Bergeman's teaching career of more 25 years began as a Peace Corps Volunteer at a small college in West Africa and continued at Northern Virginia Community College, one of the largest multi-campus colleges in the country. Teaching awards include Faculty Member of the Year honors at his campus. From the first edition onward, Mr. Bergeman closely collaborated with Mr. Brechner in support of CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS. He developed the MathCue.Business™ software package. which accompanied the first six editions of the text, and began co-authoring the text in the seventh edition. Mr. Bergeman continues to strengthen the book's support package with improvements, such as videos to accompany each text objective. In addition to his work on CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS, Mr. Bergeman has authored and developed a variety of software packages, including a statistics software/workbook combination and packages to support finite math, math of finance, calculus and developmental math.

Table of Contents

1. Whole Numbers.
2. Fractions.
3. Decimals.
4. Checking Accounts.
5. Using Equations to Solve Business Problems.
6. Percents and Their Applications in Business.
7. Invoices, Trade and Cash Discounts.
8. Markup and Markdown.
9. Payroll.
10. Simple Interest and Promissory Notes.
11. Compound Interest and Present Value.
12. Annuities.
13. Consumer and Business Credit.
14. Mortgages.
15. Financial Statements and Ratios.
16. Inventory.
17. Depreciation.
18. Taxes.
19. Insurance.
20. Investments.
21. Business Statistics and Data Presentation.

New to this edition

  • New to this edition in CengageNOW, pretests generate a personalized study plan, guide problems with interactive solutions help students master topics, and posttests help students evaluate their progress.
  • Linked to every text objective, new videos by author George Bergeman walk students through detailed, step-by-step solutions to sample problems.
  • New algorithmically generated problems based on the end-of-section exercises include concise problem solutions and allow instructors enhanced assignment options.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Website  (ISBN-10: 130558578X | ISBN-13: 9781305585782)

The companion website for Brechner’s Contemporary Mathematics for Business & Consumers, 8e, gives students crossword puzzles, flashcards, and a glossary for each chapter. There students will also find solutions to the Jump Start exercises, excel templates, a calculator guide, and Excel exercises. Instructors will also find PowerPoints, a sample syllabus, an Instructor’s Manual, and the book’s tests in various formats.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305585496 | ISBN-13: 9781305585492)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text’s test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

CengageNOW, 2 terms Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305585801 | ISBN-13: 9781305585805)

With its engaging learning and assessment tools, CengageNOW supports the entire student workflow, from motivation to mastery. For instructors, CengageNOW provides control and customization with the opportunity to tailor the learning experience to improve outcomes.

CengageNOW, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305945956 | ISBN-13: 9781305945951)

With its engaging learning and assessment tools, CengageNOW supports the entire student workflow, from motivation to mastery. For instructors, CengageNOW provides control and customization with the opportunity to tailor the learning experience to improve outcomes.

Annotated Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 1305585461 | ISBN-13: 9781305585461)

Easily introduce your students to today’s mathematics concepts as this invaluable Annotated Instructor’s Edition provides Classroom Activity suggestions, Teaching Tips located in the margins, and worked-out solutions to all problems and exercises. You’ll find the support you need to reinforce the text’s unique modular approach to help your students overcome math anxiety and master key math concepts and their practical business applications using Excel™ and CengageNOW.

Student Supplements

Website  (ISBN-10: 130558578X | ISBN-13: 9781305585782)

The companion website for Brechner’s Contemporary Mathematics for Business & Consumers, 8e, gives students crossword puzzles, flashcards, and a glossary for each chapter. There students will also find solutions to the Jump Start exercises, excel templates, a calculator guide, and Excel exercises.

CengageNOW, 2 terms Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305585801 | ISBN-13: 9781305585805)

Have the tools you need to be successful -- A variety of tools are available in CengageNOW™, all combined in one easy-to-use resource designed to improve your grades. Some resources get you prepared for class and help you succeed on homework, and others show you specific areas where you can work to improve. This access code entitles you to 1 course enrollment. The duration of the code is course length + 14 days.

CengageNOW, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305945956 | ISBN-13: 9781305945951)

Have the tools you need to be successful -- A variety of tools are available in CengageNOW™, all combined in one easy-to-use resource designed to improve your grades. Some resources get you prepared for class and help you succeed on homework, and others show you specific areas where you can work to improve. This access code entitles you to 1 course enrollment. The duration of the code is course length + 14 days.