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Give your students the text that makes algebra accessible and engaging—McKeague's ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA. Pat McKeague's passion for teaching mathematics is apparent on every page, and this Ninth Edition continues to provide students with a thorough grounding in the concepts central to their success in mathematics. Attention to detail, an exceptionally clear writing style, and continuous review and reinforcement are McKeague hallmarks that constitute the solid foundation of the text, while new pedagogy help students "bridge the concepts." These "bridges" guide students and help them make successful connections from concept to concept—and from this course to the next. ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA is one of the most current and reliable texts you will find for the course, and is ideally structured and organized for a lecture-format. Each section can be discussed in a 45- to 50-minute class session, allowing you to easily construct your course to fit your needs.

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.
  • NEW! "Your Ticket into Class" appears in each section to remind, or prompt, the student to do the reading before coming to class. With "Ticket" in hand, they are more likely to achieve success with the day's lesson.
  • OBJECTIVES IN SECTIONS AND PROBLEM SETS. A major part of the revision of this text, Objectives are now used to separate topics with in each section, allowing for more structure and a user-friendly organization within each section and its accompanying problem set.
  • NEW! A "Moving Toward Success" feature appears in each chapter section's Problem Sets and poses 'study skills' in question form, encouraging the student to be an active participant in the learning process.
  • A NEW INDEX OF APPLICATIONS. Students are always asking the question, '"When will I ever use this stuff?" The index of applications should help answer this question by pointing students to specific examples of algebra used in everyday settings.
  • A NEW DESIGN AND NEW ART PROGRAM. The redesign of the Mckeague hardback series has been months in the making. By having the author work directly with the designs, great care has been taken to make these books function efficiently and having the important points emphasized in the design as well as the content.
  • CUSTOM READY. By using the latest composition applications, McKeague can reorder topics at a customers request in a matter of days, and sometimes only hours. Large adoptions from custom can match the style and design of the "regular" books without sacrificing page, chapter, or section numbering. The author team is also available for more detailed custom work involving new or rewritten topics.
  • NEW CHAPTER TESTS . New to these editions, one-page Chapter Tests appear at the end of each chapter, letting students test their newly acquired knowledge and skills.
  • CUMULATIVE REVIEW. New to theses editions, one-page Cumulative Reviews appear at the end of each chapter starting in Chapter 2, allowing students to keep their skills sharp by reviewing previously taught material.
  • MORE REAL DATA PROBLEMS WITH NEW ILLUSTRATIONS. Real data problems are usually accompanied by a new illustration in the problem sets. These problems use real data when possible and allow students to think critically when working these exercises.
  • UPDATED APPLICATIONS. Under the heading "Applying the Concepts," applied problems have been added in various sections through out the text and help students see how mathematical concepts are applied in real-world careers, such as nursing and technology.
  • "BRIDGING" OF CONCEPTS. Elementary Algebra, like all math courses, builds up cumulatively from concept to concept. However, many students encounter difficulty in making connections among mathematical concepts. Therefore, McKeague integrates new pedagogy to guide students as they discover relationships between concepts. This helps students master the cumulative concepts in the course while crossing the "bridge" into the next level of mathematics and other course work.
  • REDESIGNED CHAPTER OPENERS draw students into the material by means of mathematical applications from daily life. By reinforcing the idea of a "bridge" to concepts, these openers show students that the concepts in the upcoming chapter fall in a natural order and, even more importantly, help the students to make the connection between the concepts.
  • LINKED OBJECTIVES. Each section begins with a list of key concepts that will be covered. To reinforce these key concepts, students can match each objective with the corresponding example in the section. Linking objectives demystifies the mathematics and the structure of the textbook, thus creating a "bridge" to help students understand the relationship between learning objectives and each example in the section.
  • MORE MID-LEVEL PROBLEMS IN EACH PROBLEM SET. 1,000 new problems in this edition! New midrange exercises put together more than one concept or technique in a new and slightly more challenging way. McKeague has reinforced this level of problems in the Ninth Edition with an eye toward offering more problems that get students thinking mathematically and working with algebra productively.
  • GETTING READY FOR THE NEXT SECTION. Acquiring math skills may be cumulative, but students often have to be reminded of the cumulative nature of this course. To help students make the connection between concepts, McKeague created 1,000 new problems that "bridge" to the next section and prepare the students to move forward.
  • BLUEPRINTS FOR PROBLEM SOLVING. The Blueprint offers a detailed outline of the steps needed to successfully attempt application problems. Intended as a guide to problem solving in general, the Blueprint overlays the solution process to all the application problems in the first few chapters of the book. As students become more familiar with problem solving, the steps in the Blueprint are streamlined. The "How to" and "Strategy" boxes reinforce problem solving by giving guidelines that are tailored to more specific situations.
  • GETTING READY FOR CLASS. Located before each "Problem Set" are four "Getting Ready for Class" problems. Designed to be completed before attending class, these questions require written responses based on the content covered in the section. This prepares students for the upcoming lecture.
  • CHAPTER SUMMARY. A comprehensive, point-by-point Chapter Summary lists all main concepts from the chapter. In the margin to the left of each topic being reviewed is an example that illustrates the type of problem associated with the topic. Students like this accessible organization and the additional examples. Very often, the chapter recaps are the first features that students will turn to during test preparation and other "teachable" moments.
  • CHAPTER REVIEW TEST. Following the Chapter Summary, an end-of-chapter Review Test contains an extensive set of problems that review all the main topics in the chapter. The Chapter Review Test can be used as homework or as in-class quizzes or examinations.
Notation and Symbols. Real Numbers. Addition of Real Numbers. Subtraction of Real Numbers. Properties of Real Numbers. Multiplication of Real Numbers. Division of Real Numbers. Subsets of the Real Numbers. Addition and Subtraction with Fractions
Simplifying Expressions. Addition Property of Equality. Multiplication Property of Equality. Solving Linear Equations. Formulas. Applications. More Applications. Linear Inequalities. Compound Inequalities.
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.
Solving Linear Systems by Graphing. The Elimination Method. The Substitution Method. Applications. Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities.
Multiplication with Exponents. Division with Exponents. 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.
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.
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. Variation.
Definitions and Common Roots. Properties of Radicals. Simplified Form for Radicals. Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions. Multiplication and Division of Radicals. Equations Involving Radicals. Rational Exponents.
More Quadratic Equations. Completing the Square. The Quadratic Formula. Complex Numbers. Complex Solutions to Quadratic Equations. Graphing Parabolas.
A Resources.
B Introduction to Functions.
C Function Notation.
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PowerLecture with ExamView®

ISBN: 9781111574857
This CD-ROM (or DVD) provides the instructor with dynamic media tools for teaching. Create, deliver, and customize tests (both print and online) in minutes with ExamView® Computerized Testing Featuring Algorithmic Equations. Easily build solution sets for homework or exams using Solution Builder's online solutions manual. Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides and figures from the book are also included on this CD-ROM (or DVD).

Complete Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781111571610
The Complete Solutions Manual provides worked-out solutions to all of the problems in the text.

Text-Specific DVD

ISBN: 9781111571627
These text-specific DVD sets completed 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.

Student Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781111571801
Contains fully worked-out solutions to all of the odd-numbered exercises in the text, giving students a way to check their answers and ensure that they took the correct steps to arrive at an answer.

Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781111574833
NEW! Get a head-start. The Student Workbook contains all of the assessments, activities, and worksheets from the Instructor's Resource Binder for classroom discussions, in-class activities, and group work.


Student Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781111571801

Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781111574833

Mathematics CourseMate with eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111861315
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.