Written with the needs of business oriented students in mind, "Applied Finite Mathematics, Fifth Edition," like the author's other respected texts, takes a real-life, problem-solving approach to make the subject accessible and understandable. Applications and examples are drawn from business, economics, the social and behavioral sciences, and the life and physical sciences. The text is designed to give students a background in quantitative techniques and lays a foundation for more advanced courses, such as statistics and operations research. Tan's concise, inviting writing style and the wide variety of helpful in-text learning features augment this text's user-friendly feel. Wherever possible, the author uses an intuitive approach to present new mathematical concepts. Results are often presented informally--without compromising the mathematical content and accuracy--to help students understand new material.