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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 12/27/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The Rockswold/Krieger algebra seriesfosters conceptual understanding by using relevant applications and visualization to show students why math matters. It answers the common question "When will I ever use this?" Rockswold teaches students the math in context, rather than including the applications at the end of the presentation. By seamlessly integrating meaningful applications that include real data and supporting visuals (graphs, tables, charts, colors, and diagrams), students are able to see how math impacts their lives as they learn the concepts. The authors believe this approach deepens conceptual understanding and better prepares students for future math courses and life.

Author Biography

Gary Rockswold has been a professor and teacher of mathematics, computer science, astronomy, and physical science for over 35 years. He has taught not only at the undergraduate and graduate college levels, but he has also taught middle school, high school, vocational school, and adult education. He received his BA degree with majors in mathematics and physics from St. Olaf College and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Iowa State University. He has been a principal investigator at the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, publishing research articles in numerical analysis and parallel processing and is currently an emeritus professor of mathematics at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is an author for Pearson Education and has over 10 current textbooks at the developmental and precalculus levels. His developmental coauthor and friend is Terry Krieger. They have been working together for over a decade. Making mathematics meaningful for students and professing the power of mathematics are special passions for Gary. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, doing yoga, and spending time with his family.


Additional information about Gary Rockswold can be found at www.garyrockswold.net.


Terry Krieger has taught mathematics for 18 years at the middle school, high school, vocational, community college and university levels. His undergraduate degree in secondary education is from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his MA in mathematics from Minnesota State University - Mankato. In addition to his teaching experience in the United States, Terry has taught mathematics in Tasmania, Australia and in a rural school in Swaziland, Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Terry is currently teaching at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. He has been involved with various aspects of mathematics textbook publication for more than 14 years and has joined his friend Gary Rockswold as coauthor of a developmental math series published by Pearson Education. In his free time, Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, physical fitness, wilderness camping, and trout fishing.

Table of Contents

1. Whole Numbers

1.1 Introduction to Whole Numbers

1.2 Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers; Perimeter

1.3 Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers; Area

1.4 Exponents, Variables, and Algebraic Expressions

1.5 Rounding and Estimating; Square Roots

1.6 Order of Operations

1.7 More with Equations and Problem Solving

Summary - Review Exercises - Test


2. Integers

2.1 Integers and the Number Line

2.2 Adding Integers

2.3 Subtracting Integers

2.4 Multiplying and Dividing Integers

2.5 Order of Operations; Averages

2.6 Solving Equations with Integer Solutions

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-2 Cumulative Review


3. Algebraic Expressions And Linear Equations

3.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

3.2 Translating Words to Equations

3.3 Properties of Equality

3.4 Solving Linear Equations

3.5 Applications and Problem Solving

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-3 Cumulative Review


4. Fractions

4.1 Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers

4.2 Prime Factorization and Lowest Terms

4.3 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

4.4 Adding and Subtracting Fractions-Like Denominators

4.5 Adding and Subtracting Fractions-Unlike Denominators

4.6 Operations on Mixed Numbers

4.7 Complex Fractions and Order of Operations

4.8 Solving Equations Involving Fractions

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-4 Cumulative Review


5. Decimals

5.1 Introduction to Decimals

5.2 Adding and Subtracting Decimals

5.3 Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

5.4 Real Numbers, Square Roots, and Order of Operations

5.5 Solving Equations Involving Decimals

5.6 Applications from Geometry and Statistics

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-5 Cumulative Review


6. Ratios, Proportions, And Measurement

6.1 Ratios and Rates

6.2 Proportions and Similar Figures

6.3 The American System of Measurement

6.4 The Metric System of Measurement

6.5 American-Metric Conversions; Temperature

6.6 Time and Speed

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-6 Cumulative Review


7. Percents

7.1 Introductions to Percents; Circle Graphs

7.2 Using Equations to Solve Percent Problems

7.3 Using Proportions to Solve Percent Problems

7.4 Applications Sales Tax, Discounts, and Net Pay

7.5 Applications Simple and Compound Interest

7.6 Probability and Percent Chance

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-7 Cumulative Review


8. Exponents And Polynomials

8.1 Rules for Exponents

8.2 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation

8.3 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

8.4 Multiplying and Factoring Polynomials

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-8 Cumulative Review


9. Introduction To Graphing

9.1 The Rectangular Coordinate System

9.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables

9.3 Graphical Solutions to Linear Equations

9.4 Solving Applications Using Graphs

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-9 Cumulative Review


10. Geometry

10.1 Plane Geometry; Points, Lines and Angles

10.2 Triangles

10.3 Polygons and Circles

10.4 Perimeter and Circumference

10.5 Area, Volume, and Surface Area

Summary - Review Exercises - Test

Chapters 1-10 Cumulative Review


Appendix Using the Graphing Calculator

Answers to Selected Exercises


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