# Basic College Mathematics Through Applications

**by**Akst, Geoffrey; Bragg, Sadie

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## Author Biography

**Geoffrey Akst**and

**Sadie Bragg**have worked together for many years as professors of mathematics at Borough of Manhattan Community College/City University of New York. They met as graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University, where they were both working on degrees in the teaching of college mathematics. The emphasis on applications in their texts reflects a concern they share for helping students understand why the topics to be studied are useful. Dr. Akst for years has begun his classes with the payoff question:¿ Why is this material worth learning? A native New Yorker, he enjoys surfing the Web, listening to good music, and traveling to exciting places. Dr. Bragg, who began her career in math education as a high school geometry teacher, credits her teachers with inspiring her love for mathematics and an appreciation of its utility. A transplanted Virginian, she spends her time with her family and her beautiful grandchildren.

## Table of Contents

**1. Whole Numbers**

Pretest

1.1 Introduction to Whole Numbers

1.2 Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers

1.3 Multiplying Whole Numbers

1.4 Dividing Whole Numbers

1.5 Exponents, Order of Operations, and Averages

1.6 More on Solving Word Problems

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

**2. Fractions**

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2.1 Factors and Prime Numbers

2.2 Introduction to Fractions

2.3 Adding and Subtracting Fractions

2.4 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**3. Decimals**

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3.1 Introduction to Decimals

3.2 Adding and Subtracting Decimals

3.3 Multiplying Decimals

3.4 Dividing Decimals

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**4. Basic Algebra: Solving Simple Equations**

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4.1 Introduction to Basic Algebra

4.2 Solving Addition and Subtraction Equations

4.3 Solving Multiplication and Division Equations

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**5. Ratio and Proportion**

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5.1 Introduction to Ratios

5.2 Solving Proportions

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**6. Percents**

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6.1 Introduction to Percents

6.2 Solving Percent Problems

6.3 More on Percents

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**7. Signed Numbers**

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7.1 Introduction to Signed Numbers

7.2 Adding Signed Numbers

7.3 Subtracting Signed Numbers

7.4 Multiplying Signed Numbers

7.5 Dividing Signed Numbers

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**8. Basic Statistics**

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8.1 Introduction to Basic Statistics

8.2 Tables and Graphs

Key Concepts

Review Exercises

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Cumulative Review Exercises

**9. More on Algebra**

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9.1 Solving Equations

9.2 More on Solving Equations

9.3 Using Formulas

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**10. Measurement and Units**

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10.1 U.S. Customary Units

10.2 Metric Units and Metric/U.S. Customary Unit Conversions

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

**11. Basic Geometry**

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11.1 Introduction to Basic Geometry

11.2 Perimeter and Circumference

11.3 Area

11.4 Volume

11.5 Similar Triangles

11.6 Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

Key Concepts and Skills

Review Exercises

Posttest

Cumulative Review Exercises

Appendix

Scientific Notation

Answers

Glossary

Index