I would like to thank all those whose time, effort and support have made this work possible, in particular:


1) My daughter, Elise, whose patience, suggestions and wonderful insights contributed tremendously to my perseverance and to the success of this book. Elise inspired the creation of and collaborated on the set of zombie problems.


2) My colleagues:

*Christine Kulis, Judy Williams and Jerry Chen for thorough review, helpful criticism and tireless error finding;


*Amy Czura for creative and real-world suggestions for many examples and exercises. In particular, Professor Czura suggested the diabetic cat problem;


*Theodore Koukounas for assistance with solving technological and technical difficulties throughout this work’s creation.


3) My students for their useful suggestions and ongoing instruction. I would especially like to thank Katlyn Albrecht for her ruthless error finding throughout the pioneer semester.