Developmental Mathematics

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  • Copyright: 2/25/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Gets them engaged. Keeps them engaged.

Bob Blitzer’s use of realistic applications instantly piques students’ curiosity about the presence of mathematical concepts in the world around them. These applications are apparent throughout the entire program–from his relatable examples, friendly writing style, and thought-provoking features in the textbook, to the enhanced digital resources in the MyMathLab course. Blitzer pulls from topics that are relevant to college students, often from pop culture and everyday life, to ensure that students will actually use their learning resources to achieve success. With an expansion of the series to now include a Developmental Math “all-in-one” text  (with content spanning prealgebra through intermediate algebra), and with an enhanced media program accompanying this revision, developmental students at all levels will see how math applies to their daily lives and culture.


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Author Biography

Bob Blitzer is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob’s love for teaching mathematics was nourished for nearly 30 years at Miami Dade College, where he received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College and an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. In addition to his Developmental Algebra Series, Bob has written textbooks covering college algebra, algebra and trigonometry, precalculus, and liberal arts mathematics, all published by Pearson Education. When not secluded in his Northern California writer’s cabin, Bob can be found hiking the beaches and trails of Point Reyes National Seashore, and tending to the chores required by his beloved entourage of horses, chickens, and irritable roosters.


Table of Contents

1. Whole Numbers and Introduction to Algebra

1.1 Basics of Whole Numbers

1.2 Adding Whole Numbers

1.3 Subtracting Whole Numbers

1.4 Multiplying Whole Numbers

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

1.5 Dividing Whole Numbers

1.6 Exponents and Order of Operations

1.7 Introduction to Algebra: Variables and Mathematical Models


2. Integers and Introduction to Solving Equations

2.1 Introduction to Integers

2.2 Adding Integers

2.3 Subtracting Integers

2.4 Multiplying and Dividing Integers

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

2.5 Order of Operations with Integers; Mathematical Models

2.6 Solving Equations: The Addition and Multiplication Properties of Equality


3. Fractions

3.1 Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers

3.2 Factors and Prime Factorizations; Simplest Form of a Fraction

3.3 Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

3.4 Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

3.5 Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions

3.6 Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

3.7 Order of Operations with Fractions; Mathematical Models

3.8 Ratios, Rates, and Proportions


4. Decimals

4.1 Introduction to Decimals

4.2 Adding and Subtracting Decimals

4.3 Multiplying Decimals

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

4.4 Dividing Decimals

4.5 Fractions, Decimals, and Order of Operations

4.6 Solving and Modeling with Equations Containing Decimals


5. Percents

5.1 Percents, Decimals, and Fractions

5.2 Solving Percent Problems with Equations

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

5.3 Applications of Percent

5.4 Simple and Compound Interest


6. Geometry

6.1 Measuring Length; The English and Metric Systems

6.2 Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles

6.3 Triangles

6.4 Irrational Numbers, Square Roots, and the Pythagorean Theorem

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

6.5 Polygons and Perimeter

6.6 Area and Circumference

6.7 Volume and Surface Area


7. Statistics & Probability

7.1 Sampling, Frequency Distributions, and Graphs

7.2 Measures of Central Tendency

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

7.3 Fundamentals of Probability


8. Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable

8.1 The Addition Property of Equality

8.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality

8.3 Solving Linear Equations

8.4 Formulas and Percents

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

8.5 An Introduction to Problem Solving

8.6 Problem Solving in Geometry

8.7 Solving Linear Inequalities


9. Linear Equations in Two Variables

9.1 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables

9.2 Graphing Linear Equations Using Intercepts

9.3 Slope

9.4 The Slope-Intercept Form of the Equation of a Line

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

9.5 The Point-Slope Form of the Equation of a Line


10. Systems of Linear Equations

10.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing

10.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by the Substitution Method

10.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by the Addition Method

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

10.4 Problem Solving Using Systems of Equations

10.5 Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables


11. Exponents and Polynomials

11.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

11.2 Multiplying Polynomials

11.3 Special Products

11.4 Polynomials in Several Variables

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

11.5 Dividing Polynomials

11.6 Long Division of Polynomials; Synthetic Division

11.7 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation


12. Factoring Polynomials

12.1 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping

12.2 Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading Coefficient is 1

12.3 Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading Coefficient is Not 1

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

12.4 Factoring Special Forms

12.5 A General Factoring Strategy

12.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring


13. Rational Expressions

13.1 Rational Expressions and Their Simplification

13.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

13.3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with the Same Denominator

13.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with Different Denominators

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

13.5 Complex Rational Expressions

13.6 Solving Rational Equations

13.7 Applications Using Rational Equations and Proportions

13.8 Modeling Using Variation


14. Basics of Functions

14.1 Introduction to Functions

14.2 Graphs of Functions

14.3 The Algebra of Functions

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

14.4 Composite and Inverse Functions


15. Inequalities and Problem Solving

15.1 Reviewing Linear Inequalities and Using Inequalities in Business Applications

15.2 Compound Inequalities

15.3 Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

15.4 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables


16. Radicals, Radical Functions, and Rational Exponents

16.1 Radical Expressions and Functions

16.2 Rational Exponents

16.3 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions

16.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

16.5 Multiplying with More Than One Term and Rationalizing Denominators

16.6 Radical Equations

16.7 Complex Numbers


17. Quadratic Equations and Functions

17.1 The Square Root Property and Completing the Square; Distance and Midpoint


17.2 The Quadratic Formula

17.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

17.4 Equations Quadratic in Form

17.5 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities


18. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

18.1 Exponential Functions

18.2 Logarithmic Functions

18.3 Properties of Logarithms

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

18.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

18.5 Exponential Growth and Decay; Modeling Data


19. Conic Sections and Systems of Nonlinear Equations

19.1 The Circle

19.2 The Ellipse

19.3 The Hyperbola

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

19.4 The Parabola; Identifying Conic Sections

19.5 Systems of Nonlinear Equations in Two Variables


20. Sequences, Series, and the Binomial Theorem

20.1 Sequences and Summation Notation

20.2 Arithmetic Sequences

20.3 Geometric Sequences

            Mid-Chapter Check Point

20.4 The Binomial Theorem

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