Beginning Algebra

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/1/2001
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features a building-block approach toward problem solving, realistic and diverse applications, and chapter organizer to help users focus their study and become effective and confident problem solvers. The Putting Your Skills to Work and new chapter-end feature, Math in the Media, present readers with opportunities to utilize critical thinking skills, analyze and interpret data, and problem solve using applied situations encountered in daily life. Earlier coverage of the Order of Arithmetic Operations--now section 1.5 so that operations is now covered together before Introduction to Algebra. The discussion of solving linear equations in Chapter 2 now includes coverage of equations with no solution and equations with infinitely many solutions. Section 4.3 now offers a more thorough introduction to polynomials, with the addition of new terminology at the beginning of the section and a new lesson on evaluating polynomials at the end. Revised Ch. 7 on Graphing and Functions includes new coverage of the rectangular coordinate system and slope. The coverage of the rectangular coordinate system in Chapter 7 has been improved for greater clarity.

Table of Contents

How Am I Doing? Guide to Math Success (inside front cover)
To the Student
Diagnostic Pretest
A Brief Review of Arithmetic Skills
Simplifying Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Using Decimals
How Am I Doing?
Sections 0.1-0.4
Using Percent
Rounding and Estimating
Using the Mathematics Blueprint for Problem Solving
Review Problems
How Am I Doing?
Real Numbers and Variables
Adding Real Numbers
Subtracting Real Numbers
Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
The Order of Operations
How Am I Doing?
Sections 1.1-1.5
Using the Distributive Property to Simplify Algebraic Expressions
Combining Like Terms
Using Substitution to Evaluate Algebraic Expressions and Formulas
Grouping Symbols
Review Problems
How Am I Doing?
Chapter 1
Equations and Inequalities
The Addition Principle of Equality
The Multiplication Principle of Equality
Using the Addition and Multiplication Principles Together
Solving Equations with Fractions
How Am I Doing?
Sections 2.1-2.4
Writing and Graphing Inequalities
Solving Inequalities
Review Problems
How Am I Doing?
Cumulative Test for Chapters 0-2
Solving Applied Problems
Translating English Phrases into Algebraic Expressions
Using Equations to Solve Word Problems
Solving Word Problems: Comparisons
How Am I Doing?
Sections 3.1-3.3
Solving Word Problems: The Value of Money and Percents
Solving Word Problems Using Geometric Formulas
Using Inequalities to Solve Word Problems
Review Problems
How Am I Doing?
Cumulative Test for Chapters 0-3
Exponents and Polynomials
The Rules of Exponents
Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
Fundamental Polynomial Operations
How Am I Doing?
Sections 4.1-4.3
Multiplying Polynomials
Multiplication: Special Cases
Dividing Polynomials
Review Problems
How Am I Doing?
Cumulative Test for Chapters 0-4
Removing a Common Factor
Factoring by Grouping
Factoring Trinomials of the Form x 2 + bx + c
Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax 2 + bx + c How Am I Doing?
Sections 5.1-5.4
Special Cases of Factoring
A Brief Review of Factoring
Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring <$$$>

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