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Beginning Algebra, 4th Edition Hardcover – May 2, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0131444447 ISBN-10: 0131444441 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4th edition (May 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131444441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131444447
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book offers a sound mathematics presentation, useful pedagogy, and a superb problem-solving framework to thoroughly prepare students for a second or intermediate algebra course. The Second Edition features a greater incorporation of AMATYC and NCTM standards, reflected in an increased emphasis on visualization and graphing, carefully revised problems and exercises, and more data analysis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PREFACE ABOUT THE BOOK

Beginning Algebra, Third Edition was written to provide a solid foundation in algebra for students who might have had no previous experience in algebra. Specific care has been taken to ensure that students have the most up-to-date and relevant text preparation for their next mathematics course, as well as to help students to succeed in nonmathematical courses that require a grasp of algebraic fundamentals. I have tried to achieve this by writing a user-friendly text that is keyed to objectives and contains many worked-out examples. The basic concepts of graphing are introduced early, and problem solving techniques, real-life and real-data applications, data interpretation, appropriate use of technology, mental mathematics, number sense, critical thinking, decision-making, and geometric concepts are emphasized and integrated throughout the book..

The many factors that contributed to the success of the first two editions have been retained. In preparing this edition, I considered the comments and suggestions of colleagues throughout the country, students, and many users of the prior editions. The AMATYC Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for Introductory College Mathematics before Calculus and the MAA and NCTM standards (plus Addenda), together with advances in technology, also influenced the writing of this text.

Beginning Algebra, Third Edition is part of a series of texts that can include Basic College Mathematics, Prealgebra, Third Edition, Intermediate Algebra, Third Edition, or Intermediate Algebra: A Graphing Approach, Second Edition, and Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, Second Edition, a combined algebra text. Throughout the series, pedagogical features are designed to develop student proficiency in algebra and problem solving, and to prepare students for future courses. KEY PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES IN THE THIRD EDITION

Readability and Connections. I have tried to make the writing style as clear as possible while still retaining the mathematical integrity of the content. When a new topic is presented, an effort has been made to relate the new ideas to those that students may already know. Constant reinforcement and connections within problem solving strategies, data interpretation, geometry, patterns, graphs, and situations from everyday life can help students gradually master both new and old information.

Problem Solving Process. This is formally introduced in Chapter 2 with a new four-step process that is integrated throughout the text. The four steps are Understand, Translate, Solve, and Interpret. The repeated use of these steps throughout the text in a variety of examples shows their wide applicability. Reinforcing the steps can increase students' confidence in tackling problems.

Applications and Connections. Every effort was made to include as many accessible, interesting, and relevant real-life applications as possible throughout the text in both worked-out examples and exercise sets. The applications strengthen students' understanding of mathematics in the real world and help to motivate students. They show connections to a wide range of fields including agriculture, allied health, art, astronomy, automotive ownership, aviation, biology, business, chemistry, communication, computer technology, construction, consumer affairs, demographics, earth science, education, entertainment, environmental issues, finance and economics, food service, geography, government, history, hobbies, labor and career issues, life science, medicine, music, nutrition, physics, political science, population, recreation, sports, technology, transportation, travel, weather, and important related mathematical areas such as geometry and statistics. (See the Index of Applications on page xxi.) Many of the applications are based on recent and interesting real-life data. Sources for data include newspapers, magazines, government publications, publicly held companies, special interest groups, research organizations, and reference books. Opportunities for obtaining your own real data are also included.

Helpful Hints. Helpful Hints, formerly Reminders, contain practical advice on applying mathematical concepts. These are found throughout the text and strategically placed where students are most likely to need immediate reinforcement. They are highlighted in a box for quick reference and, as appropriate, an indicator line is used to precisely identify the particular part of a problem or concept being discussed. For instance, see pages 96 and 408.

Visual Reinforcement of Concepts. The text contains numerous graphics, models, and illustrations to visually clarify and reinforce concepts. These include new and updated bar graphs, circle graphs in two and three dimensions, line graphs, calculator screens, application illustrations, photographs, and geometric figures. There are now over 1,000 figures.

Real World Chapter Openers. The new two-page chapter opener focuses on how math is used in a specific career, provides links to the World Wide Web, and references a "Spotlight on Decision Making" feature within the chapter for further exploration of the career and the relevance of algebra. For example, look at the opener for Chapter 8. The opening pages also contain a list of section titles, and an introduction to the mathematics to be studied together with mathematical connections to previous chapters in the text.

Student Resource Icons. At the beginning of each section, videotape, tutorial software CD Rom, Student Solutions Manual, and Study Guide icons are displayed. These icons help reinforce that these learning aids are available should students wish to use them to review concepts and skills at their own pace. These items have direct correlation to the text and emphasize the text's methods of solution.

Chapter Highlights. Found at the end of each chapter, the Chapter Highlights contain key definitions, concepts, and examples to help students understand and retain what they have learned.

Chapter Project. This feature occurs at the end of each chapter, often serving as a chapter wrap-up. For individual or group completion, the multi-part Chapter Project, usually hands-on or data based, allows students to problem solve, make interpretations, and to think and write about algebra.

Functional Use of Color and New Design. Elements of this text are highlighted with color or design to make it easier for students to read and study. Special care has been taken to use color within solutions to examples or in the art to help clarify, distinguish, or connect concepts. For example, look at pages 190 and 191 in Section 3.4. EXERCISE SETS

Each text section ends with an exercise set, usually divided into two parts. Both parts contain graded exercises. The first part is carefully keyed to at least one worked example in the text. Once a student has gained confidence in a skill, the second part contains exercises not keyed to examples. Exercises and examples marked with a video icon have been worked out step-by-step by the author in the videos that accompany this text.

Throughout the text exercises there is an emphasis on data and graphical interpretation via tables, charts, and graphs. The ability to interpret data and read and create a variety of types of graphs is developed gradually so students become comfortable with it. Similarly, throughout the text there is integration of geometric concepts, such as perimeter and area. Exercises and examples marked with a geometry icon have been identified for convenience.

Each exercise set contains one or more of the following features.

Spotlight on Decision Making. These unique new, specially designed applications help students develop their decision-making and problem solving abilities, skills useful in mathematics and in life. Appropriately placed before an exercise set begins, students have an opportunity to immediately practice and reinforce basic algebraic concepts found in the accompanying section in relevant, accessible contexts. There is an emphasis on workplace or job-related career situations (such as the decisions of a small business owner in Section 3.1, a physical therapist in Section 7.2, or a registered nurse in Section 8.5) as well as decision-making in general (such as choosing a homeowner's insurance policy in Section 2.8 or choosing a credit card in Section 5.5 or deciding when to plant flower bulbs in Section 10.6).

Mental Mathematics. These problems are found at the beginning of many exercise sets. They are mental warm-ups that reinforce concepts found in the accompanying section and increase students' confidence before they tackle an exercise set. By relying on their own mental skills, students increase not only their confidence in themselves, but also their number sense and estimation ability.

Writing Exercises. These exercises now found in almost every exercise set are marked with the pencil icon. They require students to assimilate information and provide a written response to explain concepts or justify their thinking. Guidelines recommended by the American Mathematical Associati --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

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

Customer Reviews

Assignments in book was missing in all chapters.
DSHerdtner
This book is very good and I didn't find it difficult to understand or to work the problems.
Candace Marshall
They should make it clear that this book does not contain the code needed for mymathlab.
James Morphew

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Holly L. Shepard on September 2, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
this book is very good with the information, but it does NOT have any of the problems! Amazon should have made it very clear that one would have to buy the MyMathLab to get problems for homework. Very unhappy about what I got from the information provided!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am taking math this semester and this is the required text. The bad thing about this book is that it has crappy examples.I was afraid to miss a class because if I did, I would not understand the material. The instructor teaching the class explains the material much better. This book is a big waste of money. If I could, I would give this book zero stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John C. Williams on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was required for my math instruction, and as several readers have mentioned before, I am glad that the instructor was an excellent teacher the book by itself is no use. Unless you understand math to begin with.

However used with an excellent instructor it becomes a useful tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Morphew on August 26, 2011
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Why would the book be titled MyMathLab Edition and not contain the mymathlab kit? This was very misleading. I am unhappy and will probably never buy from this company or recommend it to anyone. They should make it clear that this book does not contain the code needed for mymathlab.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was the required book for my college class. It is nothing short of pure torture. Thank God my professor is excellent!! The examples in this book are very hard to interpret and the problems are not much good either. Also, the answers to the chapter problems in the back of the book contain only the odd-numbered problems. Good luck!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2004
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This book supports students by offering examples that are clear and easy to understand. I enjoyed using this text as it offered students the opportunity to successfully solve challenging exercises. Math textbooks are extremely difficult to read and interpret. Martin-Gay took her book to a level of simplicity that most math texts simply don't have.
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By L. Watson on April 9, 2014
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I don't think there is much to write about math or a math book? This book serves its purpose? helps you understand math.
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By Alisa R. on February 18, 2013
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The book arrived in great condition. It was packaged very well and above all, there were absolutely no tears within the binder. Thank you for your faithfulness!
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