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Essential Mathematics: An Interactive Approach, 1/e

Linda R. Pulsinelli, Western Kentucky University
Patricia I. Hooper, Western Kentucky University

Published December, 1997 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1991, 766 pp.
ISBN 0-02-357170-5

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Essential Mathematics begins with the four basic operations of arithmetic, stressing the similarities among the techniques used for different numbers. This text then introduces new topics —ratio and proportion, percents and their applications, measurements and geometry, and statistics—by relating them to these basic operations. In this way, it show students that mathematics is a logical progression of ideas, while also helping them develop their problem-solving skills.


includes a separate chapter on calculators, which may be incorporated at any point in the course.
begins each chapter with a motivational applied problem that can be solved after students have mastered the skills covered in that chapter.
includes many applied problems in every chapter, thereby emphasizing problem solving.
highlights definitions, theorems, and formulas in boxes throughout the text for quick reference.
Checkups test students' understanding of the most important concepts in each section.
Review Exercises provide an overview of each chapter.

Table of Contents

    1. Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers.
    2. Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers.
    3. Working with Fractions.
    4. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.
    5. Adding and Subtracting Fractions.
    6. Working with Decimal Numbers.
    7. Multiplying and Dividing Decimal Numbers.
    8. Working with Ratios and Proportions.
    9. Working with Percents.
    10. Using Percents to Solve Problems.
    11. Working with Statistics.
    12. Working with Measurement.
    13. Working with Geometric Figures.
    14. Working with Basic Algebra.
    15. Working with a Calculator.


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