Math Lit

ISBN-10: 0321818458

ISBN-13: 9780321818454

Edition: 2014

Authors: Kathleen Almy, Heather Foes

List price: $176.00
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Math Lit, by Kathleen Almy and Heather Foes, provides a one-semester alternative to the traditional two-semester developmental algebra sequence for non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students. This new approach offers an accelerated pathway to college readiness through developmental math, allowing non-STEM students to move directly into liberal arts math or introductory statistics, while also preparing STEM students for intermediate algebra. Through its emphasis on contextual problem-solving, the Almy/Foes worktext and its accompanying MyMathLab® course help students understand and practice the major themes of numeracy, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning, and functions.
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Book details

List price: $176.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Pearson Education Canada
Publication date: 6/25/2013
Binding: Looseleaf - sheets only 
Pages: 600
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Gear Up
Focus Problem, Step 1: Understand the Problem
Exposure to an open-ended problem on a medical error
Previews the use of rates and units and Polya's problem solving process
Getting Started: Syllabus
Group activity to learn course policies
Develops critical reading skills
Getting Started: Skills
Venn diagrams are used to explore prerequisite knowledge
Reviews prerequisite skills
Develops Venn diagrams
Getting Started: Groups
Personality test to improve group dynamics
Develops knowledge of the Cartesian coordinate system
Develops the ability to plot and read ordered pairs
Exposes students to the term variable
A Tale of Two Numbers (FP)
Exploration of ratios and rates used in daily life
Previews scaling fractions
Develops ratio and rates concepts including notation
Part and Whole
Conceptual review of fraction operations
Reviews fraction concepts and operations
Develops the skill of drawing a picture
The Elusive A in Math
Assess traits necessary to success in mathematics
Develops pie and bar graphs
Connects equivalent fractions and scaling
Previews working with axes and increments on them
Two by Two
Visualizing situations with scatterplots
Develops scatterplots
Applies pie graphs and plotting points
Multiply or Divide? (FP)
Daily situations that involve unit conversions by multiplying or dividing
Develops unit conversions
Applies student success knowledge from 1.7
Recap
Shift Gears
Focus Problem, Step 2: Devise a Plan
Revisit focus problem and develop a plan to solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Higher or Lower? (FP)
Compare two pay structures with graphs, tables, and Excel
Previews integers, equations, like terms, and the commutative property
Develops percent calcuations, the concept of a function, and generalizing a calculation
Applies scaling
The X Factor
Important algebraic vocabulary
Develops the terms equation, expression, constant, variable, term
Applies Venn diagrams
Reviews pi
Take Two and Call Me…
Interpreting a graph that accompanies a medicine
Connects scaling with units and rates
Develops understanding of rates and units
Applies independent/dependent variables, function concepts, and reading ordered pairs
Good Eats (FP)
Understanding nutrition labels and nutrition guidelines
Develops the concept of proportionality
Applies fraction and percent skills
General Number
Generalizing patterns with variables
Exposes students to Fibonacci sequence
Develops generalizing a pattern, inductive and deductive reasoning
Previews simplifying expressions
Up and Down (FP)
Percent situations from daily life
Previews integers
Develops the concept of percent change
Applies the skills of finding the percent of a number and increasing or decreasing a number by a percent
The Social Network
Exploration of viral growth on the internet
Previews order of operations and slope concepts
Develops the concepts of linear and exponential growth
Applies the idea of generalizing a pattern
Exposes students to building a mathematical model
Connects exponential growth and percent of increase
Recap
Wind Down
Focus Problem, Step 3: Carry Out the Plan
Revisit focus problem and solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Cookie Monster
Recipe conversion to decrease its size
Connects conversions with scaling
Applies fraction skills
Applies unit conversion skills
Picture This
Matching scenarios with graphs
Exposes students to fitting data with a curve
Connects scatterplots and types of change
Infinity and Beyond
Exploration of Sierpinski triangles and their patterns
Connects area and perimeter to generalizing a pattern
Applies concepts of area and perimeter
Exposes students to Sierpinski triangles
Connects proportionality to similar triangles
Error and Estimation: Liquid Medicine
Impact of being inaccurate with liquid medicine
Exposes students to volume concepts
Applies the concepts of constant and variable
Applies the concepts of independent and dependent variables
Applies unit conversions
Previews order of operations
Focus Problem, Step 4: Look Back
Reflect on focus problem and cycle as a whole
Debriefs the focus problem solution
Cycle Wrap-up
Active test preparation exercises
Reviews topics, skills, and concepts from the cycle
Connects cycle skills and concepts to apply them to new problems
Gear Up
Focus Problem, Step 1: Understand the Problem
Exposure to an open-ended problem on baseball's magic number
Previews the use of expressions, formulas, and integers
It's All Relative (FP)
Work with atoms and ions to develop integer concepts
Develops integer concepts
Previews integer operations
Sign and Size, Part 1 (FP)
Real-life situations to develop signed number addition/subtraction rules
Develops integer operations of addition and subtraction
Applies integer concepts and operations to realistic scenarios
Sign and Size, Part 2
Use of patterns to develop signed number multiplication/division rules
Develops integer operations multiplication and division
Defines real numbers
Exposes students to imaginary numbers
Reviews the concept of square roots
An Ounce of Prevention
Grades situations to understand means
Develops means conceptually and numerically
Previews order of operations
Measure Up
Geometric formulas with units to develop exponent rules
Develops whole number exponent properties
Applies geometric formulas
Applies the use of units in calculations
Count Up (FP)
Common situations with like terms
Develops like terms
Applies knowledge of formulas
Exposes students to polynomial terminology and addition/subtraction
Recap
Shift Gears
Focus Problem, Step 2: Devise a Plan
Revisit focus problem and develop a plan to solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Order Up
Order of operations and their use in formulas
Develops the order of operations
Applies order of operations to evaluating formulas
Previews inverse operations necessary for equation solving
Does Order Matter?
Uses of the commutative and associative properties in algebra and mental math
Develops the commutative and associative properties
Develops mental math skills
Applies percent skills and adding like terms
Fair Share
Development and application of the distributive property
Develops the distributive property and mental math skills
Applies the commutative property
Applies the distributive property to multiplying polynomials
Reviews like terms and whole number exponent properties
Seat Yourself (FP)
Pattern recognition using a tables and chairs situation
Applies the distributive property and connects it to like terms
Develops the ability to write expressions
Punt, Pass, Kick
Pythagorean Theorem off a grid
Develops the Pythagorean Theorem
Develops conceptual and numeric approaches to equation solving
Previews concepts related to solving equations
Connects Pythagorean triples to similar triangles
Ramp Up
Slope on and off a grid
Develops slope concepts and calculations
Connects slope to linearity
Applies Pythagorean Theorem and unit conversions
Shortest Distance (Optional)
Pythagorean Theorem on a grid to measure distances
Applies Pythagorean Theorem, slope, and the order of operations
Develops the distance formula and measurement skills
Connects slope and the distance formula
Recap
Wind Down
Focus Problem, Step 3: Carry Out the Plan
Revisit focus problem and solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Parts of Speech
Operations vs. operators
Applies the distributive property
Develops understanding of operations
In the Swing of Things (Optional)
Investigation of a pendulum formula
Applies the order of operations
Connects functions to the order of operations
Applies function concepts
Error and Estimation: Rounding (Optional)
Impact of being inaccurate with a financial formulas
Applies the order of operations
Develops understanding of the role of accuracy and precision
Focus Problem, Step 4: Look Back
Reflect on focus problem and cycle as a whole
Debriefs the focus problem solution
Cycle Wrap-up
Active test preparation exercises
Reviews topics, skills, and concepts from the cycle
Connects cycle skills and concepts to apply them to new problems
Gear Up
Focus Problem, Step 1: Understand the Problem
Exposure to an open-ended problem about comparing e-readers
Previews the use of linear equations
Rule of Thumb
Explore weighted means with grade situations
Applies means and rates in a new context
Develops weighted means
Working Hard for the Money (FP)
Correlation between profession and income, unemployment rate
Applies means and weighted means
Applies making scatterplots
Develops correlation, median, and mode
Previews finding the trend line
Previews slope-intercept form
Applies scaling concepts
Connects measures of center to geometry
A Fine Balance (Optional)
Using chemical equations to understand solutions to equations
Connects algebraic ideas with chemistry notation
Develops the concept of solutions to equations
Previews algebraic identities
Just a Pinch
Measuring natural variation using standard deviation
Develops standard deviation concepts and calculations
Applies means, order of operations, and signed numbers
Previews equation solving concepts
Separate but Equal (FP)
Real-life scenarios that can be solved numerically and with one-step equations
Develops one-step equations and understanding of equation solving
Connects algebraic and numeric methods of equation solving
On the Rise
Analyze an article about food packaging using algebra, geometry, and statistics
Applies mean, median, standard deviation, and bar graphs
Develops Pareto charts
Applies writing and solving one-step equations
Recap
Shift Gears
Focus Problem, Step 2: Devise a Plan
Revisit focus problem and develop a plan to solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Game On (FP)
Use pictures and algebra to solve two-step and multi-step equations
Develops solving of linear equations
Develops identities and contradictions
Quarter Wing Night (FP)
Determine the number of buffalo wings in varying scenarios
Applies equation solving techniques
Applies percent concepts
Eastbound and Down (FP)
Analyzing gas price scenarios with and without a car wash
Applies equation solving techniques
Connects linear equation solving and graphing
Reviews linearity, slope, and rate of change
Previews systems of equations
Get in Line (FP)
Explore linear situations algebraically and on a graph
Develops slope-intercept form and its uses in graphing
Connects linearity between tables, graphs, and equations
Exposes students to the concept of domain
Gas Up and Go (Optional)
Study Distance = Rate x Time to explore variation
Develops direct and inverse variation
Exposes students to combined variation
Applies equation solving
Recap
Wind Down
Focus Problem, Step 3: Carry Out the Plan
Revisit focus problem and solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Value of a Dollar (Optional)
Determine the amount of time worked to pay for a tank of gas
Develops rational functions
Applies direct and inverse variation
When is the Algebra Worth It? (Optional)
Assess when algebra is useful
Applies and extends equation solving techniques
Exposes students to non-linear equation solving
Error and Estimation: Volume
Revisit and quantify liquid medicine overfilling error
Applies slope-intercept form and graphing
Applies percent of change and unit conversions
Focus Problem, Step 4: Look Back
Reflect on focus problem and cycle as a whole
Debriefs the focus problem solution
Cycle Wrap-up
Active test preparation exercises
Reviews topics, skills, and concepts from the cycle
Connects cycle skills and concepts to apply them to new problems
Gear Up
Focus Problem, Step 1: Understand the Problem
Exposure to an open-ended problem about making sense of a large number
Previews dimensional analysis
A Matter of Change (FP)
Work with more involved conversion problems
Develops dimensional analysis
Previews scientific notation
Little Giants (FP)
Explores very large and very small numbers
Develops scientific notation
Connects dimensional analysis to scientific notation
Applies Pareto charts and medians
Previews negative exponents and compound inequalities
Outwit and Outlast (FP)
Situations with proportionality, explored numerically and algebraically
Develops solving proportions algebraically
Connects scaling with algebraic methods of solving
Applies rates
Exposes students to concepts of apportionment
Chances Are (Optional)
Simple probability situations from daily life
Develops theoretical and experimental probabilities
Connects area to probability
Applies scientific notation
Previews compound inequalities
A Model Approach (FP)
Working with numbers in scientific notations from science scenarios
Develops negative exponents
Connects scientific notation to exponent rules
Applies exponent rules, unit conversions, and solving proportions algebraically
Recap
Shift Gears
Focus Problem, Step 2: Devise a Plan
Revisit focus problem and develop a plan to solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Chain, Chain, Chain
Linear relationships in alkanes
Exposes students to domain
Develops writing linear models using y = mx + b
Connects equation solving to linear models
Hot and Cold
Analyzing and developing temperature formulas
Develops factoring the greatest common factor
Develops solving equations for a variable
Applies slope-intercept form and equation solving
Going Viral
Statistics and models of viral marketing in social media
Exposes students to solving an exponential equation
Develops exponential models
Connects functions to exponential growth
Connects slope, growth, and statistics
Develops understanding of the concept of size
Applies factoring the GCF
The Cost of College (Optional)
Comparing tuition and fee structures
Develops solving systems with graphing and substitution
Connects graphing and algebraic methods of solving systems
Applies solving literal equations, solving equations, graphing lines
Applies writing equations of lines
Tuition Increases (Optional)
Exploring the effects of a tuition increase on revenue
Develops quadratic function modeling
Connects linear, exponential, and quadratic functions
Applies systems of equations
Applies multiplying binomials
Recap
Wind Down
Focus Problem, Step 3: Carry Out the Plan
Revisit focus problem and solve it
Applies knowledge gained to date
Outliers (Optional)
Modeling height using belly button height
Exposes students to residuals, the Golden ratio, and compound inequalities
Develops z-scores
Connects issues of size and scale to statistics
Applies standard deviation and mean
A Little Less (FP)
Large scale effects of plastic saving measures
Applies dimensional analysis
Develops concepts of size and scale
Error and Estimation: Order of Magnitude Optional
A new scale to make sense of size
Develops order of magnitude
Applies scientific notation and exponent rules
Focus Problem, Step 4: Look Back
Reflect on focus problem and cycle as a whole
Debriefs the focus problem solution
Cycle Wrap-up
Active test preparation exercises
Reviews topics, skills, and concepts from the cycle
Connects cycle skills and concepts to apply them to new problems
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