Remember your biology course in high school? Did you have
one of those “invisible man” models (or maybe something more high-tech than that)
that gave you the opportunity to look “inside” the human body? This accounting
course offers something similar: To understand a business, you have to understand the
financial insides of a business organization. An accounting course will help you understand the essential financial components of businesses. Whether you are looking at a
large multinational company like Microsoft or Starbucks or a single-owner software
consulting business or coffee shop, knowing the fundamentals of accounting will help
you understand what is happening. As an employee, a manager, an investor, a business
owner, or a director of your own personal finances—any of which roles you will have at
some point in your life—you will be much the wiser for having taken this course.
Why This Book? Hundreds of thousands of students have used this textbook. Your
instructor has chosen it for you because of its trusted reputation. The authors have
worked hard to keep the book fresh, timely, and accurate.
This textbook contains features to help you learn best, whatever your learning style. To
understand what your learning style is, spend about ten minutes to take the learning
style quiz at the book’s companion website. Then, look at page vii for how you can
apply an understanding of your learning style to this course. When you know more
about your own learning style, browse through the Student Owner’s Manual on pages
viii–xi. It shows you the main features you will find in this textbook and explains their
How To Succeed? We’ve asked many students and many instructors whether there
is a secret for success in this course. The nearly unanimous answer turns out to be not
much of a secret: “Do the homework.” This is one course where doing is learning, and
the more time you spend on the homework assignments—using the various tools
that this textbook provides—the more likely you are to learn the essential concepts,
techniques, and methods of accounting. Besides the textbook itself, the book’s
companion website offers various support resources.
Good luck in this course. We hope you enjoy the experience and that you put to good
use throughout a lifetime of success the knowledge you obtain in this course. We are
sure you will not be disappointed.
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