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Basic College Mathematics: A Text/Workbook 3rd Edition

Charles P. McKeague

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007, 2003, 2003
  • 736 Pages
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Pat McKeague's passion and dedication to teaching mathematics and his ongoing participation in mathematical organizations provides the most current and reliable textbook series for both instructors and students. When writing a textbook, Pat McKeague's main goal is to write a textbook that is user-friendly. Students develop a thorough understanding of the concepts essential to their success in mathematics with his attention to detail, exceptional writing style, and organization of mathematical concepts. BASIC COLLEGE MATHEMATICS: A TEXT/WORKBOOK, Third Edition offers a unique and effortless way to teach your course, whether it is a traditional lecture course or a self-paced format. In a lecture-course format, each section can be taught in 45-to-50-minute class sessions, affording instructors a straightforward way to prepare and teach their course. In a self-paced format, Pat's proven EPAS approach (Example, Practice Problem, Answer and Solution) moves students through each new concept with ease and assists students in breaking up their problem-solving into manageable steps. The Third Edition of BASIC COLLEGE MATHEMATICS has new features that will further enhance your students' learning, including boxed features entitled Improving Your Quantitative Literacy, Getting Ready for Chapter Problems, Section Objectives, and Enhanced and Expanded Review Problems. These features are designed so your can students to practice and reinforce conceptual learning. Furthermore, Enhanced WebAssign for Developmental Math, is an assignable assessment and algorithmic homework system that consists of videos, tutorials and active examples keyed to problem level.

Charles P. McKeague, Cuesta Community College

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.
  • IMPROVING YOUR QUANTITATIVE LITERACY is a new application feature included in a number of the Problem Sets. Through real-world material, these application exercises illustrate to students how math can make them better decision makers in their daily lives.
  • GETTING READY FOR CHAPTER PROBLEMS. Located beneath the Study Skills section at the beginning of each chapter, this section contains drill problems that permit students to practice and reinforce the concepts they need to know from the previous chapters to be successful in the current chapter.
  • SECTION OBJECTIVES. Section objectives placed in the margins list the key concepts that will be covered in the upcoming section, alerting students to the main concepts. To reinforce these key concepts, students can also match each objective with the corresponding example within the section.
  • EXPANDED AND ENHANCED REVIEW PROBLEMS. Two distinct review problem sections have been created at the end of most problem sets. Getting Ready for the Next Section and Maintaining Your Skills remind students of what they've learned, both in this course and prior courses, preparing them for new material. A significant amount of new review problems have been added to this edition to reinforce concepts already taught.
  • EPAS SYSTEM. Pat's proven learning system EPAS (which stands for Example, Practice Problem, Answer, Solution) moves students easily through each new concept by breaking down problem solving into manageable steps.
  • GETTING READY FOR CLASS. Located before each problem set, these problems require written responses from students, and can be answered by reading the preceding section. When completed before the students come to class, they provide helpful discussion points.
  • BLUEPRINT FOR PROBLEM SOLVING. A hallmark of the McKeague series, BLUEPRINT FOR PROBLEM SOLVING provides students with a supportive guide to problem-solving by outlining the steps needed to successfully attempt application problems that involve equations in one variable.
  • FACTS FROM GEOMETRY. Introduces new ideas in geometry throughout the book, followed by examples to show students how geometry relates to the mathematics they are learning.
  • CHAPTER OPENERS. Each chapter opens with an introduction in which a real-world application is used to stimulate interest in the chapter and to make the link between math and its real-world applications to students. These openings are also expanded on later in the chapter.
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, and Area. Division with Whole Numbers. Exponents and Order of Operations. Summary. Review. Test. Projects.
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. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
Decimal Notation and Place Value. Addition and Subtraction with Decimals. Multiplication with Decimals. Division with Decimals. Fractions and Decimals. Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
Ratios, Rates, and Unit Pricing. Proportions. Applications. Similar Figures. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
Percents, Decimals, and Fractions. Basic Percent Problems. General Applications of Percents. Sales Tax and Commission. Percent Increase or Decrease, and Discount. Interest. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
Mean, Median, and Mode. Tables and Bar Charts. Scatter Diagrams and Line Graphs. Pie Charts. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
Length. Area and Volume. Weight. Converting between the Two Systems, and Temperature. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
Perimeter and Circumference. Area. Volume. Angles and Triangles. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
Positive and Negative Numbers. Addition with Negative Numbers. Subtraction with Negative Numbers. Multiplication with Negative Numbers. Division with Negative Numbers. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
The Distributive Property and Algebraic Expressions. The Addition Property of Equality. The Multiplication Property of Equality. Linear Equations in One Variable. Applications. Summary. Review. Cumulative Review. Test. Projects.
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Video Text-Specific

ISBN: 9780840053138
These text-specific DVDs by Pat McKeague are available at no charge to qualified adopters of the text. They feature 10- to 20-minute problem-solving lessons that cover each section of every chapter.

Complete Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9780840061591

Solution Builder

ISBN: 9780840061911
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. Visit

PowerLecture with JoinIn™ Student Response System, ExamView®, Lecture Video

ISBN: 9780840061607

Annotated Instructor's Edition

ISBN: 9780840053114
The Instructor's Edition provides the complete student text with solutions next to each respective exercise. Also included in the Annotated Instructor's Edition, the Resource Integration Guide makes this text eminently teachable by offering a chapter-by-chapter glimpse of how the supplements support the learning system in the text, reducing the time-consuming task of choosing activities or graphing calculator exercises and directing students to valuable study aids.


Student Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9780840053121
The Student Solutions Manual provides worked-out solutions to the odd-numbered problems in the text.