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# Beginning Algebra: A Text/Workbook, 8th Edition

### Overview

Pat McKeague's eighth edition of BEGINNING ALGEBRA is the book for the modern user like you. Like its predecessors, the eighth edition is clear, concise, and patient in explaining the concepts. This new edition contains hundreds of new and updated examples and applications, a redesign that includes cleaner graphics and images (some from Google Earth) that allow you to see the connection between mathematics and your world. This includes references to contemporary topics like gas prices and some of today's most forward thinking companies like Google.

### Features and Benefits

• Pre-tests are located at the beginning of every chapter. These tests allow students to assess and prepare for the material to be covered in the upcoming chapter; as well as provide instructors, when utilized, information on where their students' proficiencies and deficiencies may lie and plan their course accordingly.
• Chapter openers motivate students to learn the topics in each chapter. Each chapter opener illustrates a real-world application of one of the main chapter topics, and most present the information both graphically and numerically.
• Each section opens with a list of learning objectives situated in the margin. A reference is made when the objective is covered within the section, and in the problem set as well. Instructors will easily be able to tell which exercises reinforce which learning objective, and students will more easily be able to study based on the concept-problem linking.
• "Getting Ready For Class" boxes are found just before each problem set and contain four questions that require written responses from students. Answers for these questions can be found by reading the preceding section. This boxed feature reinforces the importance of reading the section before coming to class.
• "Using Technology" is found throughout the text shows how calculators can be used to enhance learning and help solve problems. These boxes are easily identified and can be highlighted or skipped depending on instructor preference.
• Each problem set contains a variety of problems, including both skills and applications exercises, and great breadth from easy to challenging. In addition to opening skills based problems (paired and graduated), each problem set contains opportunities to hone analytic skills (asking students to practice estimating), provide more relevance ("Applying the Concepts" questions) and improve their quantitative literacy ("Maintaining your Skills" problems). More challenging critical thinking questions called "Extending the Concepts" are found at the end of the section problem sets.
• Each chapter concludes with a summary of the key concepts discussed, review exercises that can be used to study for exams (answers in the back of the book), a cumulative review (applying concepts from all preceding chapters), a chapter test, a group project, and a research project. This extensive collection of review material is invaluable for students as a study tool before quizzes and exams.

1. THE BASICS.
Notation and Symbols. Real Numbers. Addition of Rof Real Numbers. Division of Real Numbers. Subsets of the Real Numbers. Addition and Subtraction with Fractions.
2. LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES.
Simplifying Expressions. Addition Property of Equality. Multiplication Property of Equality. Solving Linear Equations. Formulas. Applications. More Applications. Linear Inequalities. Compound Inequalities.
3. LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN TWO VARIABLES.
Paired Data and Graphing Ordered Pairs. Solutions to Linear Equations in Two Variables. Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables. More on Graphing: Intercepts. The Slope of a Line. Finding the Equation of a Line. Linear Inequalities in Two Variables.
4. SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS.
Solving Linear Systems by Graphing. The Elimination Method. The Substitution Method. Applications.
5. EXPONENTS AND POLYNOMIALS.
Multiplication with Exponents. Division with Exponents. Operations with Monomials. Operations with Monomials. Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials. Multiplication with Polynomials. Binomial Squares and Other Special Products. Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial. Dividing a Polynomial by a Polynomial.
6. FACTORING
The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping. Factoring Trinomials. More Trinomials to Factor. The Difference of Two Squares. The Sum and Difference of Two Cubes. Factoring: A General Review. Solving Equations by Factoring. Applications.
7. RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS.
Reducing Rational Expressions to Lowest Terms. Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions. Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions. Equations Involving Rational Expressions. Applications. Complex Fractions. Proportions. Variations.
Definitions and Common Roots. Properties of Radicals. Simplified Form eal Numbers. Subtraction of Real Numbers. Properties of Real Numbers. Multiplication of Radicals. Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions. Multiplication and Division of Radicals. Equations Involving Radicals.
More Quadratic Equations. Completing the Square. The Quadratic Formula. Complex Numbers. Complex Solutions to Quadratic Equations. Graphing Parabolas.
Appendixes.
II: One Hundred Multiplication Facts.
Solution to Selected Practice Problems.
Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems, and Chapter Tests.
Index.

### What's New

• Enhanced WebAssign! Easy to Use. Easy to Assign. Easy to Manage. EWA is a user friendly way to assign, collect, grade, and record homework. Exercises come directly from the text and can be parameterized to ensure that every students has a parallel, but slightly different homework assignment. This complete learning system for students includes text-specific exercises, as well as tutorials, videos, and links to online tutoring, and eBook sections of the text.
• "Getting Ready for the Next Section" exercises are found in every problem set. This new problem grouping ensures students have the requisite skills to perform the concepts discussed in the next section.
• Hundreds of new problems and examples throughout the text include more contemporary applications. Additionally, wherever real data is used, it has been updated to reflect current statistics.
• With a new modern design beginning with the chapter opening images (from Google Earth) to the updated and improved graphs and charts found throughout the chapters and their exercise sets, this text is more visually appealing than ever before.

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## Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

### Instructor Supplements

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#### Online Solution Builder  (ISBN-10: 0495829161 | ISBN-13: 9780495829164)

This online solutions manual allows instructors to create customizable solutions that they can print out to distribute or post as needed. This is a convenient and expedient way to deliver solutions to specific homework sets.

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#### Complete Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495827266 | ISBN-13: 9780495827269)

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