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Basic College Mathematics

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-01-03
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Elayn Martin-Gay’s student-centric approach is woven seamlessly throughout her texts and MyLab courses, giving students the optimal amount of support through effective video resources, an accessible writing style, and study skills support built into the program. 

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Author Biography

Elayn Martin-Gay has taught mathematics at the University of New Orleans for more than 25 years. Her numerous teaching awards include the local University Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Developmental Educator at University of New Orleans, presented by the Louisiana Association of Developmental Educators.


Prior to writing textbooks, Elayn Martin-Gay developed an acclaimed series of lecture videos to support developmental mathematics students. These highly successful videos originally served as the foundation materials for her texts. Today, the videos are specific to each book in her series. She has also created Chapter Test Prep Videos to help students during their most “teachable moment” — as they prepare for a test—along with Instructor-to-Instructor videos that provide teaching tips, hints, and suggestions for every developmental mathematics course, including basic mathematics, prealgebra, beginning algebra, and intermediate algebra.


Elayn is the author of 13 published textbooks and numerous multimedia interactive products, all specializing in developmental mathematics courses. She has participated as an author across a broad range of educational materials: textbooks, videos, tutorial software, and courseware. This offers an opportunity for multiple combinations for an integrated teaching and learning package, offering great consistency for the student.

Table of Contents

1. The Whole Numbers

1.1 Study Skill Tips for Success in Mathematics

1.2 Place Value, Names for Numbers, and Reading Tables

1.3 Adding Whole Numbers and Perimeter

1.4 Subtracting Whole Numbers

1.5 Rounding and Estimating

1.6 Multiplying Whole Numbers and Area

1.7 Dividing Whole Numbers

Integrated Review—Operations on Whole Numbers

1.8 An Introduction to Problem Solving

1.9 Exponents, Square Roots, and Order of Operations


2. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

2.1 Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers

2.2 Factors and Prime Factorization

2.3 Simplest Form of a Fraction

Integrated Review—Summary on Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Factors 

2.4 Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

2.5 Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

3. Adding and Subtracting Fractions

3.1 Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions

3.2 Least Common Multiple

3.3 Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

Integrated Review—Operations on Fractions and Mixed Numbers 

3.4 Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers

3.5 Order, Exponents, and the Order of Operations

3.6 Fractions and Problem Solving


4. Decimals

4.1 Introduction to Decimals

4.2 Order and Rounding

4.3 Adding and Subtracting Decimals

4.4 Multiplying Decimals and Circumference of a Circle

Integrated Review—Operations on Decimals 

4.5 Dividing Decimals and Order of Operations

4.6 Fractions and Decimals

5. Ratio and Proportion

5.1 Ratios

5.2 Rates

Integrated Review— Ratio and Rate 

5.3 Proportions

5.4 Proportions and Problem Solving


6. Percent

6.1 Introduction to Percent

6.2 Percents and Fractions

6.3 Solving Percent Problems Using Equations

6.4 Solving Percent Problems Using Proportions

Integrated Review—Percent and Percent Problems 

6.5 Applications of Percent

6.6 Percent and Problem Solving: Sales Tax, Commission, and Discount

6.7 Percent and Problem Solving: Interest

7. Measurement

7.1 Length: U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement

7.2 Weight and Mass: U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement

7.3 Capacity: U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement

Integrated Review—Length, Weight, and Capacity 

7.4 Conversions Between the U.S. and Metric Systems

7.5 Temperature: U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement

7.6 Energy: U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement


8. Geometry

8.1 Lines and Angles

8.2 Plane Figures and Solids

8.3 Perimeter

8.4 Area

8.5 Volume

Integrated Review—Geometry Concepts

8.6 Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

8.7 Congruent and Similar Triangles


9. Reading Graphs and Introduction to Statistics and Probability

9.1 Pictographs, Bar Graphs, Histograms, and Line Graphs

9.2 Circle Graphs

Integrated Review—Reading Graphs 

9.3 Mean, Median, Mode, and Range

9.4 Counting and Introduction to Probability


10. Signed Numbers

10.1 Signed Numbers

10.2 Adding Signed Numbers

10.3 Subtracting Signed Numbers

Integrated Review—Signed Numbers 

10.4 Multiplying and Dividing Signed Numbers

10.5 Order of Operations


11. Introduction to Algebra

11.1 Introduction to Variables

11.2 Solving Equations: The Addition Property

11.3 Solving Equations: The Multiplication Property

Integrated Review—Expressions and Equations 

11.4 Solving Equations Using Addition and Multiplication Properties

11.5 Equations and Problem Solving


Appendix A: Tables

A.1 Addition Table and One Hundred Addition Facts

A.2 Multiplication Table and One Hundred Multiplication Facts

A.3 Table of Geometric Figures

A.4 Table of Percents, Decimals, and Fraction Equivalents

A.5 Table on Finding Common Percents of a Number

A.6 Table of Squares and Square Roots

A.7 Compound Interest Table

Appendix B: Unit Analysis


Student Resources

Study Skills Builders

Bigger Picture—Study Guide Outline

Practice Final Exam

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