Higher Education

Basic Mathematics for College Students, 4th Edition

  • Alan S. Tussy Citrus College
  • R. David Gustafson Rock Valley College (Emeritus)
  • Diane Koenig Rock Valley College
  • ISBN-10: 1439044422  |  ISBN-13: 9781439044421
  • 944 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2006, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
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Overview

Offering a uniquely modern, balanced approach, Tussy/Gustafson/Koenig's BASIC MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, Fourth Edition, integrates the best of traditional drill and practice with the best elements of the reform movement. To many developmental math students, mathematics is like a foreign language. They have difficulty translating the words, their meanings, and how they apply to problem solving. Emphasizing the "language of mathematics," the text's fully integrated learning process is designed to expand students' reasoning abilities and teach them how to read, write, and think mathematically. It blends instructional approaches that include vocabulary, practice, and well-defined pedagogy with an emphasis on reasoning, modeling, communication, and technology skills.

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Features and Benefits

  • One of the hallmarks of the series, comprehensive study sets were developed with a clear progression in terms of level so that students methodically build their knowledge of the section concepts, from basic recall to more complex problem-solving. Each Study Set includes the following exercises: Vocabulary, Concepts, Notation, Guided Practice, Try It Yourself, Applications, Writing, and Review.
  • The authors' proven five-step problem-solving strategy teaches students to analyze the problem, form a plan, solve the problem, state the conclusion, and check the result. This step-by-step approach clarifies the thought process and mathematical skills necessary to solve a wide variety of problems - which bolsters student confidence and sharpens problem-solving skills.
  • Combining the best of traditional and reform approaches, BASIC MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, Fourth Edition, focuses on adequate skill development while emphasizing applications and interpretation of visual data, conceptual development, and problem solving. The text utilizes creative applications, a unique learning system, and an emphasis on the language of mathematics.
  • The applications have been the most well-received aspect of the text. Practical and relevant, the text's real-world emphasis is integrated throughout, including study set applications, chapter openers, and in-text examples. Real-life applications are presented from a number of disciplines, including science, business, economics, manufacturing, entertainment, history, art, music, and mathematics.
  • Saving you time and improving students' results, WebAssign is the most widely used homework system in higher education - and it's integrated with the text. It allows you to assign, collect, grade, and record homework assignments via the web. It algorithmically generates variables in questions and provides question-specific student-support materials: electronic files from relevant parts of the textbook, videos of a similar exercise, active examples with worked out solutions, and robust tutorials.

Table of Contents

1. WHOLE NUMBERS.
An Introduction to the Whole Numbers. Adding Whole Numbers. Subtracting Whole Numbers. Multiplying Whole Numbers. Dividing Whole Numbers. Problem Solving. Prime Factors and Exponents. The Least Common Multiple and the Greatest Common Factor. Order of Operations. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test.
2. THE INTEGERS.
An Introduction to the Integers. Solve Application Problems by Adding Integers. Solve Application Problems by Subtracting Integers. Solve Application Problems by Multiplying Integers. Solve Application Problems by Dividing Integers. Order of Operations and Estimation. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
3. FRACTIONS AND MIXED NUMBERS.
An Introduction to Fractions. Multiplying Fractions. Dividing Fractions. Adding and Subtracting Fractions. Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers. Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers. Order of Operations and Complex Fractions. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
4. DECIMALS.
An Introduction to Decimals. Adding and Subtracting Decimals. Multiplying Decimals. Dividing Decimals. Fractions and Decimals. Square Roots. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
5. RATIO, PROPORTION, AND MEASUREMENT.
Ratios. Proportions. American Units of Measurement. Metric Units of Measurement. Converting Between American and Metric Units. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
6. PERCENT.
Percents, Decimals, and Fractions. Solving Percent Problems Using Equations and Proportions. Applications of Percents. Estimation with Percent. Interest. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
7. GRAPHS AND STATISTICS.
Reading Graphs and Tables. Mean, Median, and Mode. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
8. AN INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA.
The Language of Algebra. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions. Solving Equations Using Properties of Equality. More About Solving Equations. Using Equations to Solve Application Problems. Multiplication Rules for Exponents. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
9. AN INTRODUCTION TO GEOMETRY.
Basic Geometric Figures; Angles. Parallel and Perpendicular Lines. Triangles. The Pythagorean Theorem. Congruent Triangles and Similar Triangles. Quadrilaterals and Other Polygons. Perimeters and Areas of Polygons. Circles. Volume. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Appendix I: Addition and Multiplication Facts.
Appendix II: Polynomials.
Appendix III: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning.
Appendix IV: Roots and Powers.
Appendix X: Answers to Selected Exercises.

What's New

  • Students gain a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts if they know why a particular approach is taken. That instructional truth was the motivation for adding a "Strategy and Why" explanation to the solution of each worked example, providing a concise answer to that all-important question, "Why?"
  • The practice problems have been heavily revised to address every topic within each section and to maintain a clear progression of level. The Practice section has been divided into two categories, Guided Practice and Try It Yourself. Guided Practice takes each practice problem and keys it directly to the appropriate example in the section.
  • The practice problems have been heavily revised to address every topic within each section and to maintain a clear progression of level. The Practice section has been divided into two categories, Guided Practice and Try It Yourself. Guided Practice takes each practice problem and keys it directly to the appropriate example in the section.
  • Context-driven chapter openers include new From Campus to Careers features that highlight vocations requiring a variety of mathematics skills. The job outlook, educational requirements, and annual earnings data give students practical information to make career decisions. Problems presented in the openers are tied to exercises in the Study Sets.
  • BASIC MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, Fourth Edition, begins with a Study Skills Workshop module. This module contains one-page discussions of study skills topics followed by a Now Try This section offering students actionable skills, assignments, and projects that will impact their study habits throughout the course. In addition, Study Skills Checklists, appearing before the Chapter Summary and Review, warn students of common errors giving them time to consider these pitfalls before taking their exam. Furthermore, the revised Cumulative Reviews now cross-reference back to the section from which the problem comes - providing easy reference for students.
  • The Instructor's Resource Binder is an excellent resource for seasoned instructors and those new to the course. These insightful teaching guides cover each section of the main text, providing instruction tips, examples, activities, worksheets, overheads, assessments, and solutions. The kit also integrates the authors' philosophy, helping adjuncts successfully teach with this unique approach.

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Offering a uniquely modern, balanced approach, Tussy/Gustafson/Koenig's BASIC MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, Fourth Edition, integrates the best of traditional drill and practice with the best elements of the reform movement. To many developmental math students, mathematics is like a foreign language. They have difficulty translating the words, their meanings, and how they apply to problem solving. Emphasizing the "language of mathematics," the text's fully integrated learning process is designed to expand students' reasoning abilities and teach them how to read, write, and think mathematically. It blends instructional approaches that include vocabulary, practice, and well-defined pedagogy with an emphasis on reasoning, modeling, communication, and technology skills.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Alan S. Tussy

: Alan Tussy teaches all levels of developmental mathematics at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. He has written nine math books-a paperback series and a hard-cover series. An extraordinary author, he is dedicated to his students' success, relentlessly meticulous, creative, and a visionary who maintains a keen focus on his students' greatest challenges. Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Redlands and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught up and down the curriculum from prealgebra to differential equations. He is currently focusing on the developmental math courses. Professor Tussy is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

R. David Gustafson

R. David Gustafson is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Rock Valley College in Illinois and has also taught extensively at Rockford College and Beloit College. He is coauthor of several best-selling mathematics textbooks, including Gustafson/Frisk/Hughes' COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Gustafson/Karr/Massey's BEGINNING ALGEBRA, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: A COMBINED APPROACH, and the Tussy/Gustafson and Tussy/Gustafson/Koenig developmental mathematics series. His numerous professional honors include Rock Valley Teacher of the Year and Rockford's Outstanding Educator of the Year. He has been very active in AMATYC as a Midwest Vice-president and has been President of IMACC, AMATYC's Illinois affiliate. He earned a Master of Arts from Rockford College in Illinois, as well as a Master of Science from Northern Illinois University.

Diane Koenig

Diane Koenig received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Math Education from Illinois State University in 1980. She began her career at Rock Valley College in 1981, when she became the Math Supervisor for the newly formed Personalized Learning Center. Earning her Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics from Northern Illinois University, Ms. Koenig in 1984 had the distinction of becoming the first full-time woman mathematics faculty at Rock Valley College. In addition to being nominated for AMATYC's Excellence in Teaching Award, Diane Koenig was chosen as the Rock Valley College Faculty of the Year by her peers in 2005, and, in 2006, she was awarded the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award as well as the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Koenig has been an active member of the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges (IMACC). As a member, she has served on the board of directors, on a state-level task force rewriting the course outlines for the developmental mathematics courses, and as the association's newsletter editor.