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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 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. KEY TOPICS: Review of Real Numbers; Equations and Problem Solving; Graphing; Systems of Linear Equations; Exponents and Polynomials; Factoring Polynomials; Rational Expressions; More on Functions and Graphs; Inequalities and Absolute Value; Radicals, Rational Exponents, and Complex Numbers; Quadratic Equations and Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Conic Sections; Sequences, Series, and the Binomial Theorem MARKET: for all readers interested in algebra.

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 originated 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 and Problem Solving
Simplifying Expressions
The Addition and Multiplication Properties 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
The Slope-Intercept Form
The Point-Slope Form
Systems of Linear Equations
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
Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving
Exponents and Polynomials
Polynomial Functions and Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
Multiplying Polynomials
Special Products
Integrated Review - Exponents and Operations on Polynomials
Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
Dividing Polynomials
Synthetic Division and the Remainder Theorem
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
Rational Functions and 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
Simplifying Complex Fractions
More on Functions and Graphs
Graphing and Writing Linear Functions
Graphing Nonlinear Functions
Integrated Review - Summary on Functions and Equations of Lines
Graphing Piecewise-Defined Functions and Shifting and Reflecting Graphs of Functions
Variation and Problem Solving
Inequalities and Absolute Value
Compound Inequalities
Absolute Value Equations
Absolute Value Inequalities
Integrated Review - Solving Compound Inequalities and Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
Linear Inequalities in Two Variables and Systems of Linear Inequalities
Rational Exponents, Radicals, and Complex Numbers
Radicals and Radical Functions
Rational Exponents
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