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Prealgebra: A Text/Workbook, 6th Edition

  • Charles P. McKeague Cuesta Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0495559911  |  ISBN-13: 9780495559917
  • 744 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2001, 1996
  • © 2010 | Published
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Overview

Pat McKeague's sixth edition of PREALGEBRA is the book for the modern student like you. Like its predecessors, the sixth 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.

Table of Contents

1. WHOLE NUMBERS.
Place Value and Names for Numbers. Addition with Whole Numbers, and Perimeter. Rounding Numbers, Estimating Answers, and Displaying Information. Subtraction with Whole Numbers. Multiplication with Whole Numbers. Division with Whole Numbers. Exponents, Order of Operations, and Averages. Area and Volume.
2. INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA.
Positive and Negative Numbers. Addition with Negative Numbers. Subtraction with Negative Numbers. Multiplication with Negative Numbers. Division with Negative Numbers. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions.
3. FRACTIONS AND MIXED NUMBERS.
The Meaning and Properties of Fractions. Prime Numbers, Factors, and Reducing to Lowest Terms. Multiplication with Fractions, and the Area of a Triangle. Division with Fractions. Addition and Subtraction with Fractions. Mixed-Number Notation. Multiplication and Division with Mixed Numbers. Addition and Subtraction with Mixed Numbers. Combinations of Operations and Complex Fractions.
4. SOLVING EQUATIONS.
The Distributive Property and Algebraic Expressions. The Addition Property of Equality. The Multiplication Property of Equality. Linear Equations in One Variable. Applications. Evaluating Formulas. Paired Data and Equations in Two Variables. The Rectangular Coordinate System. Graphing Straight Lines.
5. DECIMALS.
Decimal Notation and Place Value. Addition and Subtraction with Decimals. Multiplication with Decimals. Division with Decimals. Fractions and Decimals. Equations Containing Decimals. Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem.
6. RATIO AND PROPORTION.
Ratios. Rates and Units Pricing. Proportions. Applications of Proportions.
Similar Figures.
7. PERCENT.
Percents, Decimals, and Fractions. Basic Percent Problems. General Applications of Percent. Sales Tax and Commission. Percent Increase or Decrease and Discount. Interest. Pie Charts.
8. MEASUREMENT.
Unit Analysis I: Length. Unit Analysis II: Area and Volume. Unit Analysis III: Weight. Converting Between the Two Systems and Temperature. Operations with time and Mixed Units.
9. EXPONENTS AND POLYNOMIALS, AN INTRODUCTION.
Multiplication Properties of Exponents. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials. Multiplying Polynomials: An Introduction. Negative Exponents. Scientific Notation. More about Scientific Notation.
Appendixes.
I: One Hundred Addition Facts.
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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IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Developmental Math, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: Basic Math, Prealgebra, Elementary Algebra, Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra or Elementary & Intermediate Algebra. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign combines exceptional mathematics content with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and an interactive, fully customizable eBook, Cengage YouBook helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. This access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If you need to retake the course and your instructor is using the same book AND edition then you will not need to buy a new code. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not certain this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Charles P. McKeague

Charles P. "Pat" McKeague earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge, and his M.S. in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. A well-known author and respected educator, he is a full-time writer and a part-time instructor at Cuesta College. He has published twelve textbooks in mathematics covering a range of topics from basic mathematics to trigonometry. An active member of the mathematics community, Professor McKeague is a popular speaker at regional conferences, including the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, the New Mexico Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, and the National Association for Developmental Education. He is a member of the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges, the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges.