# Beginning and Intermediate Algebra : Building a Foundation

**by**McKenna, Paula; Kirk, Honey

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## Author Biography

**Paula McKenna** (San Antonio College) is a native Texan who received a B.S. in mathematics, graduating magna cum laude, and an M.S. in mathematics, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As a young adult, she worked in the business world before realizing that she wanted to finish her education. She knew that teaching was her destiny the first day she walked into a classroom. After teaching at her alma mater, she elected to move to the community college classroom and joined the faculty at San Antonio College in 1994. Her motivation to write a developmental mathematics textbook came from her students. Paula wanted to write a text that would be both mathematically accurate and easily understood by developmental students. She asked Honey Kirk to join her in this endeavor, and they worked together, writing each chapter as they would teach it.

**Honey Kirk**(Palo Alto College) received a B.A. in mathematics and psychology from Washington and Jefferson College, an M.A. in education from Pepperdine University, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As an army wife of 30 years, she taught mathematics to students of all ages in many states, as well as overseas in Germany and Korea. She and her husband are now settled in Texas where Honey is a community college professor at Palo Alto College in San Antonio. As an empty-nester, she decided it was time to incorporate all the great teaching strategies she learned through the years from her students and colleagues into a series of developmental math textbooks.

## Table of Contents

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Review of Real Numbers and Problem Solving | |

Sets, Symbols, and Real Numbers | |

Review of Fractions and Decimals | |

Addition and Subtraction of Real Numbers | |

Multiplication, Division, and Properties of Real Numbers | |

Exponents, Order of Operations, and Algebraic Expressions | |

Reading and Interpreting Graphs and the Coordinate Plane | |

Problem Solving: The 4P's Method | |

Summary | |

Review | |

Test | |

Equations and Inequalities in One Variable and Applications | |

Properties of Equality and Linear Equations | |

Linear Equations Involving Grouping Symbols and Fractions | |

Literal Equations and Applications | |

Linear Inequalities | |

Compound and Double Inequalities | |

Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities | |

Additional Applications | |

Summary | |

Review | |

Test | |

Linear Equations, Slope, Inequalities, and Introduction to Functions | |

Linear Equations in Two Variables | |

The Intercept Method | |

The Slope andy-Intercept Method | |

Determining the Equation of a Line, Parallel Lines, and Perpendicular Lines | |

Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables | |

Introduction to Functions | |

Summary | |

Review | |

Test | |

Cumulative Review Chapters 1-3 | |

Linear Systems of Equations and Inequalities | |

The Graphing Method | |

The Substitution Method | |

The Elimination Method | |

Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables | |

Applications | |

Systems of Linear Inequalities | |

Summary | |

Review | |

Test | |

Exponents, Polynomials, and Applications | |

Integer Exp | |

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