Elementary Algebra

ISBN-10: 0618951342
ISBN-13: 9780618951345
Edition: 2014
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List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/31/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 752
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.894
Language: English

ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA offers a practical approach to the study of beginning algebra concepts, consistent with the needs of today's student. The authors place special emphasis on the worked examples in each section, treating them as the primary means of instruction, since students rely so heavily on examples to complete assignments. Many of the applications (both within the examples and exercises) are also uniquely designed so that students have an experience that is more true to life--students must read information as it appears in headline news sources and extract only the relevant information needed to solve a stated problem. This promotes the text's focus on developing better study habits, problem solving and critical thinking skills along with orienting students to think and reason mathematically. Through Elementary Algebra, students will not only be better prepared for future math courses, they will be better prepared to solve problems and answer questions they encounter in their own lives.

Laura Bracken is a lecturer of developmental mathematics at Lewis-Clark State College. She began her career as a secondary science teacher, graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College summa cum laude in 1978 with a double major in chemistry and natural sciences. Later, she returned to college to take more mathematics, qualified for a secondary mathematics endorsement, and continued on to a master's degree in education, concentrating on curriculum and instruction. She started the developmental mathematics program at Lewis-Clark State College in 1992. As developmental mathematics coordinator, she led her colleagues through the process of writing objectives, standardizing assessments, and convincing administrators to enforce prerequisites and placement. She developed the curriculum proposals for "stretch" courses in Elementary Algebra and Finite Mathematics in which students take a one-semester course over two semesters, which improved success rates in at-risk populations. She has worked collaboratively with science faculty to make connections between developmental math courses and introductory science courses. She participated in a Title III grant for developing distance education and regularly teaches on-line developmental courses. She has presented at numerous national and regional meetings and is currently a regional representative for the AMATYC Placement and Assessment Committee. She is a co-author of Investigating Prealgebra and Investigating Basic College Mathematics.

Ed Miller is a professor of mathematics at Lewis-Clark State College. He earned his PhD in general topology at Ohio University in 1989. He teaches a wide range of courses, including elementary and intermediate algebra. His terms as chair of the General Education Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have spurred him to look at courses as part of an integrated whole rather than discrete units. A regular presenter at national and regional meetings, Ed is exploring the use of multiple choice questions as a teaching tool as well as an assessment tool.

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