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Prealgebra and Introductory Algebra: An Applied Approach 3rd Edition

Richard N. Aufmann, Joanne S. Lockwood

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  • Previous Editions 2011, 2007
  • 1040 Pages
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As in previous editions, the focus in PREALGEBRA & INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA remains on the Aufmann Interactive Method (AIM). Students are encouraged to be active participants in the classroom and in their own studies as they work through the How To examples and the paired Examples and You Try It problems. Student engagement is crucial to success. Presenting students with worked examples, and then providing them with the opportunity to immediately solve similar problems, helps them build their confidence and eventually master the concepts. Simplicity is key in the organization of this edition, as in all other editions. All lessons, exercise sets, tests, and supplements are organized around a carefully constructed hierarchy of objectives. Each exercise mirrors a preceding objective, which helps to reinforce key concepts and promote skill building. This clear, objective-based approach allows students to organize their thoughts around the content, and supports instructors as they work to design syllabi, lesson plans, and other administrative documents. New features like Focus on Success, Apply the Concept, and Concept Check add an increased emphasis on study skills and conceptual understanding to strengthen the foundation of student success. The Third Edition also features a new design, enhancing the Aufmann Interactive Method and making the pages easier for both students and instructors to follow. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Richard N. Aufmann, Palomar College

Richard Aufmann is the lead author of two bestselling developmental math series and a bestselling college algebra and trigonometry series, as well as several derivative math texts. He received a BA in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA in mathematics from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Aufmann taught math, computer science, and physics at Palomar College in California, where he was on the faculty for 28 years. His textbooks are highly recognized and respected among college mathematics professors. Today, Mr. Aufmann's professional interests include quantitative literacy, the developmental math curriculum, and the impact of technology on curriculum development.

Joanne S. Lockwood, Nashua Community College

Joanne Lockwood received a BA in English Literature from St. Lawrence University and both an MBA and a BA in mathematics from Plymouth State University. Ms. Lockwood taught at Plymouth State University and Nashua Community College in New Hampshire, and has over 20 years' experience teaching mathematics at the high school and college level. Ms. Lockwood has co-authored two bestselling developmental math series, as well as numerous derivative math texts and ancillaries. Ms. Lockwood's primary interest today is helping developmental math students overcome their challenges in learning math.
  • Apply the Concept boxes illustrate how an arithmetic operation is applied to a real-world situation so that students understand a context in which the operation is used.
  • Additionally, more annotations have been added to worked examples to explain the steps and many of the Chapter Summaries have been expanded to include more entries and more descriptive explanations.
  • Apply the Basic Concepts is a feature, which appears when a new application problem type is introduced. These examples illustrate the basic concepts of applications such as work problems and percent mixture problems. Students are then instructed to do specific exercises in the Concept Check exercises for that section.
  • Concept Check exercises promote conceptual understanding. Completing these exercises will deepen a student's understanding of the concepts being addressed and provide the foundation they need to successfully complete the remaining exercises in the exercise set.
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  • Focus on Success appears at the start of each chapter. These are designed to help students make the most of the text and their time as they progress through the course and prepare for tests and exams.
  • Check Your Progress exercises appear approximately mid-chapter and test a student's understanding of the concepts presented thus far in the chapter.
  • Critical Thinking exercises in each exercise set require students to synthesize the skills learned in that section. They may also integrate concepts introduced earlier in the text.
  • In the News application exercises have been updated and help students master the utility of mathematics in our everyday world. They are based on information found in popular media sources, including newspapers, magazines, and the Web.
  • Projects or Group Activities have been updated and moved to the end of each set of exercises. These may be assigned individually, or they can be used for classroom activities or group work.
  • Chapter A, AIM for Success, has been updated and is now the first chapter in the text. Chapter A outlines study skills that are used by students who have been successful in this course. Topics include how to stay motivated, making a commitment to success, how to manage your time, and preparing for and taking tests. There is a complete guide to the textbook and how to use its features to become a successful student.
  • PREALGEBRA & INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA is organized around a carefully constructed hierarchy of objectives. This objective-based approach provides an integrated learning environment that enables students to find resources such as assessment (both within the text and online), videos, tutorials, and additional exercises.
  • Prep Tests, at the beginning of each chapter, helps students determine which topics they may need to study more carefully, versus those they need only skim over to review. Answers provide a reference to the objective on which the exercise is based.
  • The Example/You Try It matched pairs are designed to actively involve students in learning the techniques presented. The You Try Its are based on the Examples. They are paired to easily refer students to the steps in the Examples as they work through the You Try Its.
  • How To examples provide solutions with detailed explanations for selected topics in each section.
  • Think About It exercises promote conceptual understanding. Completing these exercises will deepen students' understanding of the concepts being addressed.
  • The problem solving approach in the text emphasizes the importance of problem solving strategies. Model strategies are presented as guides to follow as students attempt the parallel You Try Its that accompany each numbered Example.
  • Working through the application exercises that contain real data will help prepare students to answer questions and/or solve problems based on their own experiences, using facts or information they gather.
  • At the end of each chapter, the Chapter Summary with Key Words and Essential Rules and Procedures includes an objective-level reference and a page reference to show where the concept was introduced, as well as an example of the summarized concept.
Introduction to Whole Numbers. Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers. Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers. The Order of Operations Agreement.
The Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor. Introduction to Fractions. Addition and Subtraction of Fractions. Multiplication and Division of Fractions. Introduction to Decimals. Operations with Decimals. The Order of Operations Agreement.
Introduction to Integers. Addition and Subtraction of Integers. Multiplication and Division of Integers. Operations with Rational Numbers. The Order of Operations Agreement.
Evaluating Variable Expressions. Simplifying Variable Expressions. Translating Verbal Expressions into Variable Expressions.
Introduction to Equations. General Equations -- Part I. General Equations -- Part II. Translating Sentences into Equations. Mixture and Uniform Motion Problems.
Ratios and Rates. Proportion. Percent. The Basic Percent Equation. Simple Interest.
Introduction to Geometry. Plane Geometric Figures. Triangles. Solids.
Statistical Graphs. Statistical Measures. Introduction to Probability.
Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials. Multiplication of Monomials. Multiplication of Polynomials. Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation. Division of Polynomials.
Common Factors. Factoring Polynomials of the Form x2 + bx + c. Factoring Polynomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c. Special Factoring. Solving Equations.
Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions. Expressing Fractions in Terms of the Least Common Multiple (LCM). Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions. Complex Fractions. Solving Equations Containing Fractions. Literal Equations. Application Problems.
The Rectangular Coordinate System. Linear Equations in Two Variables. Intercepts and Slopes of Straight Lines. Equations of Straight Lines.
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing. Solving Systems of Linear Equations by the Substitution Method. Solving Systems of Equations by the Addition Method. Application Problems in Two Variables.
Sets. The Addition and Multiplication Properties of Inequalities. General Inequalities. Graphing Linear Inequalities.
Introduction to Radical Expressions. Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions. Multiplication and Division of Radical Expressions. Solving Equations Containing Radical Expressions.
Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring or by Taking Square Roots. Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square. Solving Quadratic Equations by Using the Quadratic Formula. Graphing Quadratic Equations in Two Variables. Application Problems.
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Complete Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781285420448

General Instructor's Resource Binder for Algebra Activities with Appendix

ISBN: 9781285420462

PowerLecture with Diploma

ISBN: 9781285420394

Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781285420516

AIM for Success Practice Sheet

ISBN: 9781285420370


Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781285420516
Get the extra practice you need to succeed in your mathematics course with this hands-on Student Workbook. Designed to help you master the problem-solving skills and concepts presented in PREALGEBRA AND INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA: AN APPLIED APPROACH, 3rd Edition, this practical, easy-to-use workbook reinforces key concepts and promotes skill building.

AIM for Success Practice Sheet

ISBN: 9781285420370