Summary: This student-focused text addresses individual learning styles through the use of a complete study system that starts with a learning styles inventory and presents targeted learning strategies designed to guide students toward success in this and future college-level courses.
Students who approach math with trepidation will find that Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, Second Edition, builds competence and confidence. The study system, introduced at the ou...show moretset and used consistently throughout the text, transforms the student experience by applying time-tested strategies to the study of mathematics. Learning strategies dovetail nicely into the overall system and build on individual learning styles by addressing students' unique strengths. The authors talk to students in their own language and walk them through the concepts, showing students both how to do the math and the reasoning behind it. Tying it all together, the use of the Algebra Pyramid as an overarching theme relates specific chapter topics to the 'big picture' of algebra.
Study System A study system presented in the To The Student section in the front of the text is reinforced as students progress through the book through the use of color-coding for taking notes and learning strategy boxes. The color codes are consistent in the text itself: red for definitions; blue for procedures, rules, and things to remember; and black for notes and examples.
Learning Styles A Learning Styles Inventory is presented at the very beginning of the text to help students assess their particular style of learning. Throughout the text, students will see Learning Strategy boxes that serve as reminders that tactile, visual, and auditory learners all learn and retain material in different ways, so they should make every effort to utilize a variety of methods until they grasp the concept at hand.
Learning Strategies Learning Strategy boxes appear where appropriate in the text to offer advice on how to effectively use the study system and how to study specific topics based on the student's individual learning style.
Algebra Pyramid An Algebra Pyramid is used throughout the text to illustrate how the topic students are working on fits within the big picture of algebra--particularly focusing on how constants and variables relate to expressions and equations. Highlighting the Algebra Pyramid more than once helps students remember this overarching concept as they progress through the course.
Chapter Openers Like the Algebra Pyramid, the openers are designed to help students see how the topics in the upcoming chapter relate to the big picture of the entire course. The chapter openers highlight the importance of the topics in the chapter and how they fit into the overall structure of the course.
Connections Connection boxes are designed to bridge concepts and ideas that students have learned elsewhere in the text so they see how the concepts are interrelated and build on each other.
Your Turn Practice Exercises Your Turn practice exercises, found after most examples, give students a learning environment that prepares them for the exercise sets that lie ahead. Your Turn answers are provided on the same page so students can assess their progress immediately.
Annotated Instructor's Edition The Annotated Instructor's Edition provides an abundance of helpful information for instructors in the form of just-in-time teaching tips and answers to exercises directly below the corresponding exercise. Challenge exercises are indicated only in the AIE so instructors can assign homework accordingly without causing anxiety for the students.
Problem-Solving Outline A five-step problem-solving outline is introduced near the beginning of the text. The steps are Understand, Plan, Execute, Answer, and Check. Every application example throughout the rest of the text follows the steps given in this outline in order to clearly model the problem-solving process.
Warning Boxes Warning boxes alert students to common mistakes and false assumptions they often make and explain why these are incorrect.
Of Interest Of Interest boxes are positioned throughout the text to offer a unique flavor to content that some students might otherwise consider to be ho-hum mathematics. Sometimes containing trivia and other times historical notes, Of Interest boxes are designed to enhance the learning process by making concepts fun and interesting.
Puzzle Problems These mathematical brainteasers appear at the end of selected exercise sets to encourage creative and critical thinking. These problems often have no formulaic approach to their solution.
Collaborative Exercises One collaborative exercise appears per chapter. These exercises encourage students to work in groups and use the topics in a particular section or sections to solve a problem. These exercises are designed to encourage classroom discussion and collaboration.
Calculator Tips The relevant functions of calculators (scientific or graphing, depending on the topic) are explained and illustrated throughout the text in optional Calculator Tips. In addition, an occasional calculator icon in the exercise sets indicates that the problem may be better solved using a calculator, though a calculator is not required.
Review Exercises Since continuous review is important in any mathematics course, this text includes review exercises at the end of each exercise set. These exercises review previously learned concepts not only to keep the material fresh for students, but also to serve as a foundational review for the discussion in the next section.
End-of-chapter Material An extremely thorough summary at the end of each chapter provides: defined key terms referenced by section and page number, a two-column summary of key examples, review exercises of varying types, and a practice test. With the exception of Chapter 1, all chapters end with a Cumulative Review.
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