Prealgebra, Updated Media Edition (with CD-ROM and MathNOW?, Enhanced iLrn? Math Tutorial, Student Resource Center Printed Access Card) / Edition 3

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The fundamental goal in Tussy and Gustafson's PREALGEBRA, Third Edition is to teach students to read, write, and think about mathematics through building a conceptual foundation in the language of mathematics. The book blends instructional approaches that include vocabulary, practice, and well-defined pedagogy, along with an emphasis on reasoning, modeling, communication, and technology skills to develop students' fluency in the "language of algebra". Tussy and Gustafson understand the challenges of teaching developmental students, and this book reflects a holistic approach to teaching mathematics that includes developing study skills, problem solving, and critical thinking alongside mathematical concepts. New features in this edition include a pretest for students to gauge their understanding of prerequisite concepts, problems that make correlations between student life and the mathematical concepts, and study skills information designed to give students the best chance to succeed in the course. Additionally, the text's widely acclaimed Study Sets at the end of every section are tailored to improve students' ability to read, write and communicate mathematical ideas.

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"The Tussy/Gustafson text places an emphasis on mathematical vocabulary, and a verbal understanding of mathematical concepts that is not found in other texts I am familiar with."

"The students find the text very readable and the examples supportive of the exercise sets."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495188933
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/23/2006
  • Series: Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

: Alan Tussy teaches all levels of developmental mathematics at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. He has written nine math books-a paperback series and a hard-cover series. An extraordinary author, he is dedicated to his students' success, relentlessly meticulous, creative, and a visionary who maintains a keen focus on his students' greatest challenges. Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Redlands and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught up and down the curriculum from prealgebra to differential equations. He is currently focusing on the developmental math courses. Professor Tussy is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

R. David Gustafson is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Rock Valley College in Illinois and has also taught extensively at Rockford College and Beloit College. He is coauthor of several best-selling mathematics textbooks, including Gustafson/Frisk/Hughes' COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Gustafson/Karr/Massey's BEGINNING ALGEBRA, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: A COMBINED APPROACH, and the Tussy/Gustafson and Tussy/Gustafson/Koenig developmental mathematics series. His numerous professional honors include Rock Valley Teacher of the Year and Rockford's Outstanding Educator of the Year. He has been very active in AMATYC as a Midwest Vice-president and has been President of IMACC, AMATYC's Illinois affiliate. He earned a Master of Arts from Rockford College in Illinois, as well as a Master of Science from Northern Illinois University.

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Table of Contents

1. WHOLE NUMBERS. An Introduction to the Whole Numbers. Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers. Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers. Estimation. Prime Factors and Exponents. Order of Operations. Solving Equations by Addition and Subtraction. Solving Equations by Division and Multiplication. Key Concept: Variables. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Taking a Math Test. Chapter Test. 2. THE INTEGERS. An Introduction to the Integers. Addition of Integers. Subtraction of Integers. Multiplication of Integers. Division of Integers. Order of Operations and Estimation. Solving Equations Involving Integers. Key Concept: Signed Numbers. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. 3. THE LANGUAGE OF ALGEBRA. Variables and Algebraic Expressions. Evaluating Algebraic Expressions and Formulas. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions and the Distributive Property. Combining Like Terms. Simplifying Expressions to Solve Equations. Problem Solving. Key Concept: Order of Operations. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. 4. FRACTIONS AND MIXED NUMBERS. The Fundamental Property of Fractions. Multiplying Fractions. Dividing Fractions. Adding and Subtracting Fractions. The LCM and the GCF. Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers. Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers. Order of Operations and Complex Fractions. Solving Equations Containing Fractions. Key Concept: The Fundamental Property of Fractions. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. 5. DECIMALS. An Introduction to Decimals. Addition and Subtraction with Decimals. Multiplication with Decimals. Division with Decimals. Estimation. Fractions and Decimals. Solving Equations Containing Decimals. Square Roots. The Real Numbers. Key Concept: Simplify and Solve. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. 6. GRAPHING, EXPONENTS, AND POLYNOMIALS. The Rectangular Coordinate System. Graphing Linear Equations. Multiplication Rules for Exponents. Introduction to Polynomials. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials. Multiplying Polynomials. Key Concept: Graphing. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. 7. PERCENT. Percents, Decimals, and Fractions. Solving Percent Problems. Applications of Percent. Estimation. Interest. Key Concept: Equivalent Expressions. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. 8. RATIO, PROPORTION, AND MEASUREMENT. Ratio. Proportions. American Units of Measurement. Metric Units of Measurement. Converting between American and Metric Units. Key Concept: Proportions. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. 9. INTRODUCTION TO GEOMETRY. Some Basic Definitions. Parallel and Perpendicular Lines. Polygons. Properties of Triangles. Perimeters and Areas of Polygons. Circles. Surface Area and Volume. Key Concept: Formulas. Accent on Teamwork. Chapter Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review Exercises. Appendices: I. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning. II. Roots and Powers. III. Answers to Selected Exercises.

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