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Political science and sociology increasingly rely on mathematical modeling and sophisticated data analysis- and many graduate programs in these fields now require students to take a math camp or a semester-long or yearlong course to acquire the necessary skills. Available textbooks are written for mathematics or economics majors- and fail to convey to students of political science and sociology the reasons for learning often-abstract mathematical concepts. A Mathematics Course for Political and Social Research fills this gap- providing both a primer for math novices in the social sciences and a handy reference for seasoned researchers. 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 availa... Please click here to ask a question
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