Beginning Algebra

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-28
  • Publisher: Pearson
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KEY MESSAGE:Elayn Martin-Gay'sdevelopmental math textbooks and video resources are motivated by her firm belief that every student can succeed. Martin-Gay's focus on the student shapes her clear, accessible writing, inspires her constant pedagogical innovations, and contributes greatly to the popularity and effectiveness of her video resources. This revision of Martin-Gay's algebra series continues this focus on students and what they need to be successful. Martin-Gay also strives to provide the highest level of instructor and adjunct support. Review of Real Numbers; Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving; Graphing; Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities; Exponents and Polynomials; Factoring Polynomials; Rational Expressions; Roots and Radicals; Quadratic Equations For all readers interested in algebra, and for all readers interested in learning or revisiting essential skills in beginning algebra through the use of lively and up-to-date applications.

Author Biography

An award-winning instructor and best-selling author, 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 developed an acclaimed series of lecture videos to support developmental mathematics students in their quest for success. These highly successful videos originally served as the foundation material for her texts. Today, the videos are specific to each book in the Martin-Gay series. Elayn also pioneered the Chapter Test Prep Video to help students as they prepare for a test—their most “teachable moment!”


Elayn’s experience has made her aware of how busy instructors are and what a difference quality support makes. For this reason, she created the Instructor-to-Instructor video series. These videos provide instructors with suggestions for presenting specific math topics and concepts in basic mathematics, Prealgebra, beginning algebra, and intermediate algebra. Seasoned instructors can use them as a source for alternate approaches in the classroom. New or adjunct faculty may find the CDs useful for review.


Her textbooks and acclaimed video program support Elayn's passion of helping every student to succeed.

Table of Contents

Review of Real Numbers
Tips for Success in Mathematics
Symbols and Sets of Numbers
Introduction to Variable Expressions and Equations
Adding Real Numbers
Subtracting Real Numbers
Integrated Review - Operations on Real Numbers
Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
Properties of Real Numbers
Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
The Addition Property of Equality
The Multiplication Property of Equality
Solving Linear Equations
Integrated Review - Solving Linear Equations
An Introduction to Problem Solving
Formulas and Problem Solving
Percent and Mixture Problem Solving
Further Problem Solving
Solving Linear Inequalities
Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System
Graphing Linear Equations
Slope and Rate of Change
Integrated Review - Summary on Slope and Graphing Linear Equations
Equations of Lines
Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Addition
Integrated Review - Solving Systems of Equations
Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving
Graphing Linear Inequalities
Systems of Linear Inequalities
Exponents and Polynomials
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
Multiplying Polynomials
Special Products
Integrated Review - Exponents and Operations on Polynomials
Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
Dividing Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping
Factoring Trinomials of the Form x2 + bx + c
Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c and Perfect Square Trinomials
Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c by Grouping
Factoring Binomials
Integrated Review-Choosing a Factoring Strategy
Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
Quadratic Equations and Problem Solving
Rational Expressions
Simplifying Rational Expressions
Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with Common Denominators and Least Common Denominator
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with Unlike Denominators
Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions
Integrated Review-Summary on Rational Expressions
Proportion and Problem Solving with Rational Equations
Variation and Problem Solving
Simplifying Complex Fractions
Roots and Radicals
Introduction to Radicals
Simplifying Radicals
Adding and Subtracting Radicals
Multiplying and Dividing Radicals
Integrated Review - Simplifying Radicals
Solving Equations Containing Radicals
Radical Equations and Problem Solving
Rational Exponents
Quadratic Equations
Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property
Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
Integrated Review-Summary on Solving Quadratic Equations
Complex Solutions of Quadratic Equations
Graphing Quadratic Equations
The Bigger Picture/Practice Final Exam
The Big
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