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Foundation Maths

Foundation Maths

6th Edition

Anthony Croft, Robert Davison

Feb 2016, Paperback, 608 pages
ISBN13: 9781292095172
ISBN10: 1292095172
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Were you looking for the book with access to MyMathLab Global? This product is the book alone, and does NOT come with access to MyMathLab Global. Buy Foundation Maths, 6th edition with MyMathLab Global access card (ISBN 9781292095257) if you need access to MyMathLab Global as well, and save money on this resource. You will also need a course ID from your instructor to access MyLab.

Foundation Maths has been written for students taking higher and further education courses who have not specialised in mathematics on post-16 qualifications and need to use mathematical tools in their courses. It is ideally suited to those studying marketing, business studies, management, science, engineering, social science, geography, combined studies and design. It will be useful for those who lack confidence and who need careful, steady guidance in mathematical methods. For those whose mathematical expertise is already established, the book will be a helpful revision and reference guide. The style of the book also makes it suitable for self-study and distance learning.

1. Arithmetic of whole numbers

2. Fractions

3. Decimal numbers

4. Percentage and ration

5. Algebra

6. Indices

7. Simplifying algebraic expressions

8. Factorisation

9. Algebraic fractions

10. Transposing formulae

11. Solving equations

12. Sequences and series

13. Sets

14. Number bases

15. Elementary logic

16. Functions

17. Graphs of functions

18. The straight line

19. The exponential function

20. The logarithm function

21. Measurement

22. Introduction to trigonometry

23. The trigonometrical functions and their graphs

24. Trigonometrical identities and equations

25. Solutions of triangles

26. Vectors

27. Matrices

28. Complex numbers

29. Tables and charts

30. Statistics

31. Probability

32. Correlation

33. Regression

34. Gradients of curves

35. Techniques of differentiation

36. Integration and areas under curves

37. Techniques of integration

38. Functions of more than one variable and partial differentiation

  • Mathematical processes are described in everyday language – mathematical ideas are usually developed by example rather than formal proof, thereby encouraging students’ learning.
  • Key points highlight important results that need to be referred to easily or remembered.
  • Worked examples are included throughout the book to reinforce learning.
  • Self-assessment questions are provided at the end of most sections to test understanding of important parts of the section. Answers are given at the back of the book.
  • Exercises provide a key opportunity to develop competence and understanding through practice. Answers are given at the back of the book.
  • Demanding, Challenge Exercises are included at the end of most Chapters to stretch the keenest students
  • Test and assignment exercises (with answers provided in a separate Lecturers’ Solutions Manual on the website) allow lecturers and tutors to set regular assignments or tests throughout the course.
  • Companion website containing a student support pack, video tutorials, and PowerPoint slides and a Solutions Manual for lecturers, can be found at

Anthony Croft has taught mathematics in further and higher education institutions for over thirty years. He is currently Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of sigma - the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning based in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University. He teaches mathematics and engineering undergraduates, and has championed mathematics support for students who find the transition from school to university difficult. He has authored many very successful mathematics textbooks, including several for engineering students. In 2008 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his work in these fields.

Robert Davison has thirty years’ experience teaching mathematics in both further and higher education. He has authored many very successful mathematics textbooks, including several for engineering students.