The book begins with the fundamental building blocks of mathematics and basic algebra, then goes on to cover essential subjects such as calculus in one and more than one variable, including optimization, constrained optimization, and implicit functions; linear algebra, including Markov chains and eigenvectors; and probability. It describes the intermediate steps most other textbooks leave out, features numerous exercises throughout, and grounds all concepts by illustrating their use and importance in political science and sociology.
- Uniquely designed and ideal for students and researchers in political science and sociology
- Uses practical examples from political science and sociology
- Features "Why Do I Care?" sections that explain why concepts are useful
- Includes numerous exercises
- Complete online solutions manual (available only to professors, email david.siegel at duke.edu, subject line "Solution Set")
- Selected solutions available online to students