Loose Leaf Beginning Algebra by Sherri Messersmith

Loose Leaf Beginning Algebra

bySherri Messersmith

Loose Leaf | January 26, 2011

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Beginning Algebra, 1e, authored by Sherri Messersmith presents content in bite-size pieces, focusing not only on learning mathematical concepts, but also explaining the why behind those concepts. For students, learning mathematics is not just about the memorization of concepts and formulas, but it is also about the journey of learning how to problem solve. By breaking the sections down into manageable chunks, the author has identified the core places where students traditionally struggle, and then assists them in understanding that material to be successful moving forward. Proven pedagogical features, such as You Try problems after each example, reinforce a student’s mastery of a concept. While teaching in the classroom, Messersmith has created worksheets for each section that fall into three categories: review worksheets/basic skills, worksheets to teach new content, and worksheets to reinforce/pull together different concepts. These worksheets are a great way to both enhance instruction and to give the students more tools to be successful in studying a given topic. The author is also an extremely popular lecturer, and finds it important to be in the video series that accompany her texts. Finally, the author finds it important to not only provide quality, but also an abundant quantity of exercises and applications. The book is accompanied by numerous useful supplements, including McGraw-Hill’s online homework management system, MathZone as well as ALEKS.

MESSERSMITH is rigorous enough to prepare students for the next level yet easy to read and understand. The exposition is written as if a professor is teaching in a lecture to be more accessible to students. The language is mathematically sound yet easy enough for students to understand.

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Title:Loose Leaf Beginning AlgebraFormat:Loose LeafDimensions:10.8 × 8.3 × 1 inPublished:January 26, 2011Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0077431286

ISBN - 13:9780077431280

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Table of Contents

1The Real Number System and Geometry1.1Review of Fractions
1.2Exponents and Order of Operations
1.3Geometry Review
1.4Sets of Numbers and Absolute Value
1.5Addition and Subtraction of Real Numbers
1.6Multiplication and Division of Real Numbers
1.7Algebraic Expressions and Properties of Real Numbers

2Variables and Exponents
2.1Basic Rules of Exponents
Part AThe Product Rule and Power Rules
Part BCombining the Rules
2.2Integer Exponents Bases
Part AReal-Number Bases
Part BVariable Bases
2.3The Quotient Rule
Putting It All Together
2.4Scientific Notation

3Linear Equations and Inequalities
3.1Solving Linear Equations Part I
3.2Solving Linear Equations Part II
3.3Solving Linear Equations Part III
3.4Applications of Linear Equations
3.5Applications Involving Percentages
3.6Geometry Applications and Solving Formulas
3.7Applications of Linear Equations to Proportions, Money Problems, and d=rt
3.8Solving Linear Inequalities in One Variable

4Linear Equations in Two Variables
4.1Introduction to Linear Equations in Two Variables
4.2Graphing by Plotting Points and Finding Intercepts
4.3The Slope of a Line
4.4The Slope-Intercept Form of a Line
4.5Writing an Equation of a Line
4.6Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
4.7Introduction to Functions
4.8Function Notation and Linear Functions

5Solving Systems of Linear Equations
5.1Solving Systems by Graphing
5.2Solving Systems by Substitution
5.3Solving Systems by the Elimination MethodPutting It All Together
5.4Applications of Systems of Two Equations
5.5Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
5.6Systems of Linear Inequalities

6Polynomials
6.1Review of the Rules of Exponents
6.2Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials and Graphing
6.3Multiplication of Polynomials
6.4Division of Polynomials

7 Factoring Polynomials
7.1The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping
7.2Factoring Trinomials of the Form x2+bx+c
7.3Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax2+bx+c (a?1)
7.4Factoring Special Trinomials and BinomialsPutting It All Together
7.5Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
7.6Applications of Quadratic Equations

8Rational Expressions
8.1Simplifying Rational Expressions
8.2Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
8.3Finding the Least Common Denominator
8.4Adding and Subtracting Rational ExpressionsPutting It All Together
8.5Simplifying Complex Fractions
8.6Solving Rational Equations
8.7Applications of Rational Equations and Variation

9Radicals and Rational Exponents
9.1Finding Roots
9.2Simplifying Expressions Containing Radicals
9.3Adding and Subtracting Radicals
9.4Combining Operations on Radicals
9.5Dividing Radicals
9.6Solving Radical Equations
9.7Rational Exponents

10Quadratic Equations
10.1Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Square Root Property
10.2Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
10.3Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Quadratic FormulaPutting It All Together
10.4Complex Numbers
10.5Graphs of Quadratic Equations

AAppendix
A.1Mean, Median, and Mode
A.2Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
A.3Quadratic Inequalities