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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-28
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The Lial series has helped thousands of students succeed in developmental mathematics through its approachable writing style, supportive pedagogy, varied exercise sets, and complete supplements package. With this new edition, the authors continue to provide students and instructors with the best package for learning and teaching support—a book written with student success as its top priority, now with an emphasis on study skills growth and an expanded instructor supplements package.

Introduction to Algebra: Integers; Understanding Variables and Solving Equations; Solving Application Problems; Rational Numbers: Positive and Negative Fractions; Rational Numbers: Positive and Negative Decimals; Ratio, Proportion, and Line/Angle/Triangle Relationships; Percent; Measurement; Graphs; Exponents and Polynomials

For all readers interested in prealgebra.


-The Lial team pairs an approachable writing style with supportive pedagogy to ensure student success.

-NEW! Study Skills Activities, integrated throughout the text, can be used in the classroom or assigned as homework to help your students further develop skills such as taking notes, preparing for tests, and creating study cards!

-A wealth of exercises allows students to practice, apply, connect, and extend the skills they are learning. Students can watch an instructor work through complete solutions to exercises that are marked with a DVD icon on the Videos on DVD.

-Extensive end-of-chapter material provides ample opportunities for review.

-Real-life applications put math into context while motivating students.

Author Biography

Marge Lial was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is affiliated with American River College. Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.


When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics education or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and fifteen years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for both teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum. John's personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh). He has been a rabid baseball fan all of his life. John's other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


A native Midwesterner, Terry McGinnis received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Iowa State University. She has taught elementary and middle school mathematics, and developed and implemented the curriculum used with her students. Terry has been involved in college mathematics publishing for over 20 years, working with a variety of authors on textbooks in developmental mathematics and precalculus. After working behind the scenes on many of the Lial/Hornsby textbooks and supplements for over 10 years, Terry joined Margaret Lial and John Hornsby in 2002 as coauthor of their developmental mathematics series that includes Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Introductory and Intermediate Algebra. When not working, Terry enjoys spinning at a local health club, walking, and reading fiction. She is the devoted mother of two sons, Andrew and Tyler.

Table of Contents

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Each chapter ends with a Summary, Review Exercises, and a Chapter Test
With the exception of Chapters R and 1, each chapter also ends with a set of cumulative review exercises
Study Skills: Your Brain Can Learn Mathematics
Introduction to Algebra: Integers
Place Value
Study Skills: Using Your Textbook
Introduction to Signed Numbers
Study Skills: Homework: How, Why, and When
Adding Integers
Subtracting Integers
Problem Solving: Rounding and Estimating
Multiplying Integers
Dividing Integers
Summary Exercises on Operations with Integers
Exponents and Order of Operations
Study Skills: Taking Lecture Notes
Study Skills: Reviewing a Chapter
Study Skills: Managing Your Time
Understanding Variables and Solving Equations
Introduction to Variables
Study Skills: Using Study Cards
Simplifying Expressions
Summary Exercises on Variables and Expressions
Study Skills: Using Study Cards Revisited
Solving Equations Using Addition
Solving Equations Using Division
Solving Equations with Several Steps
Study Skills: Preparing for Tests
Solving Application Problems
Problem Solving: Perimeter
Problem Solving: Area
Summary Exercises on Perimeter and Area
Solving Application Problems with One Unknown Quantity
Solving Application Problems with Two Unknown Quantities
Study Skills: Tips for Taking Math Tests
Rational Numbers: Positive and Negative Fractions
Introduction to Signed Fractions
Writing Fractions in Lowest Terms
Multiplying and Dividing Signed Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Signed Fractions
Study Skills: Analyzing Your Test Results
Problem Solving: Mixed Numb
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