College Mathematics Through Baseball


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About the Book

Mathematics is often challenging for students majoring in nontechnical fields. This book makes mathematical concepts more engaging with examples drawn from baseball and other sports, providing a basis for a solid survey of college math. Liberal arts students will find concepts applicable to “real life” presented in ways not typically taught in college algebra courses. Topics covered include logical fallacies, unit conversions, statistics, probability, finance, geometry, modeling and voting theory. The book can be used in high school courses for students who have taken algebra and geometry.
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About the Author(s)

Fred Worth is a professor of mathematics at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Bibliographic Details

Fred Worth
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 155 illustrations, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9776-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2011-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
1 Logical Fallacies 3
2 Unit Conversions 16
3 Statistics: Introduction, Statistical Studies, Reliability, History 27
4 Different Kinds of Statistics 36
5 Statistics: Display 66
6 Uses of Statistics 88
7 Probability and Combinatorics 114
8 Finance 140
9 Geometry 159
10 Modeling 186
11 Voting Theory 206
12 Recording Statistics 214
Index 231

Book Reviews & Awards

“College mathematics has just become more interesting for many students. Worth has written an entertaining, liberal arts math textbook on the premise that mathematics about baseball would be much more fun than other more-general math texts, and in many ways he has succeeded. This book will be very interesting for fans of baseball or mathematics and could be instrumental in converting the fans of the former into fans of the latter. Recommended”—Choice.