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The traditional text for the modern student--Pat McKeague's PREALGEBRA, 7E--is user-friendly for both students and instructors with concise writing, continuous review, and contemporary applications. Retaining its hallmark strengths of clarity and patience in explanation and concept development, this new edition contains new examples, applications, and a closer integration with Enhanced WebAssign. In a course in which many students enter with math anxiety, the author helps students connect mathematics to every day examples through the use of relevant applications and real data. In addition, Enhanced WebAssign, an online homework management system, is fully integrated with the new edition providing interactive, visual learning support with thousands of examples and practice exercises that reinforce the text's pedagogical approach.

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.
  • "Preview" boxes provide a glimpse into what topics appear in the chapter and include key words and definitions.
  • "Chapter Challenge" problem gives students a scenario and require them to use geographical information to solve it through a series of steps.
  • "Ticket to Success" feature requires students to think critically about the section and write a response to the questions as their "ticket into class." This feature encourages students to read the section before coming to class.
  • "Moving Toward Success" feature starts each problem set with a motivational quote followed by a few questions to focus the students on their own success. Because good study habits are essential to the success of math students, this feature is prominently displayed prior to each problem set.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enhanced WebAssign! Easy to Use. Easy to Assign. Easy to Manage. Enhanced WebAssign 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 student 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 grouping of exercises ensures students have the requisite skills to perform the concepts discussed in the next section.
  • Found throughout the text, "Using Technology" 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.
  • 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.
  • Section openers have been freshly redesigned and are linked to specific examples and applications found in the text.
Place Value and Names for Numbers. Addition with Whole Numbers, and Perimeter. Rounding Numbers and Estimating Answers. Subtraction with Whole Numbers. Multiplication with Whole Numbers. Division with Whole Numbers. Exponents, Order of Operations, and Averages. Area and Volume.
Positive and Negative Numbers. Addition with Negative Numbers. Subtraction with Negative Numbers. Multiplication with Negative Numbers. Division with Negative Numbers. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions.
The Meaning and Properties of Fractions. Prime Numbers, Fractions, 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.
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. The Rectangular Coordinate System. Graphic Straight Lines.
Decimal Notation and Place Value. Addition and Subtraction with Decimals. Multiplication with Decimals; Circumference and Area of a Circle. Division with Decimals. Fractions and Decimals. Equations Containing Decimals. Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. Simplifying Square Roots. Adding and Subtracting Roots.
Ratios. Rates and Unit Pricing. Proportions. Applications of Proportions. Similar Figures.
Percents, Decimals, and Fractions. Basic Percent Problems. General Applications of Percent. Sales Tax and Commission. Percent Increase or Decrease and Discount. Interest. Pie Charts.
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.
Multiplication Properties of Exponents. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials. Multiplying Polynomials: An Introduction. Negative Exponents. Scientific Notation. Multiplication and Division with Scientific Notation.
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Complete Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781133111382
This manual contains complete solutions for all problems in the text.

PowerLecture with ExamView®

ISBN: 9781133111535
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).

Solution Builder

ISBN: 9781133491064
This online instructor database offers complete worked solutions to all exercises in the text, allowing you to create customized, secure solutions printouts (in PDF format) matched exactly to the problems you assign in class. For more information, visit

Student Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781133111399
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: 9781133364597
Providing the perfect 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: 9781133111399

Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781133364597