Basic Mathematics, 2nd Printing, 1/e
Barbara Poole, North Seattle Community College
Published October, 1994 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 1994, 640 pp.
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The first volume of a three-book series, Basic Mathematics
offers students a text that is easy to read and understand.
The explanations are carefully written in language that is familiar
to the general student population as well as those students for whom
English is a second language. Throughout the book, Poole uses
real-world applications to stress the subject's relevance and importance
to everyday life. Exercises and problem sets are designed to challenge
students in today's world.
illustrates the many applications of basic mathematics through
realistic word problems integrated throughout.
defines important terms/concepts twiceonce in the text
where the concept is introduced and again in the summary as an easy
- worked solutions to most odd- numbered word problems
are provided in the back of the book
offers historical notes entitled Did You Know
that appear throughout the text to increase student understanding
and provide an appreciation of the spirit of mathematics.
includes study hints to help students improve study
skills and prepare for tests.
offers 6,260 problems (count not including examples):
- examples are followed by keyed margin exercises
so students can practice new skills immediately. Answers appear at
the end of the section for immediate feedback
- Pretests at the beginning of each chapter allow
students to check their knowledge of upcoming material
- Writing in Mathematics problems help students strengthen
their mathematical understanding
- Calculator Problems, including keystrokes, are
placed in sections throughout the text to provide practice with the
calculator and show its usefulness in solving more complicated problems
- Challenge Problems at the end of each section motivate
- Critical Thinking Problems, labeled Think About
It, appear throughout the book to increase students' critical thinking
- Checkup Problems provide a cumulative review and
help students prepare for material that follows (e.g., Multiplication
of whole numbers is reviewed before multiplication of decimals
- End-of-chapter summaries help students prepare
for tests and serve as a resource for definitions and problem-solving
- Cooperative Learning Exercises called Math
in Groups at the end of each chapter provide innovative material
for students to work in groups
- Cumulative Review Exercises after Chapters 2, 4,
6, 8, and 10 provide additional review of previously covered topics
and help students prepare for examinations; a comprehensive final
exam is provided at the end of the book
(NOTE: Each chapter begins with a Pretest and concludes
with a Summary, Additional Exercises, Cooperative Learning Exercises,
and Practice Test. Cumulative Review Exercises conclude Chapters 2,
4, 6, 8, and 10.)
1. Whole Numbers.
2. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.
3. Adding and Subtracting Fractions; Mixed Numbers.
5. Ratio and Proportion.
7. Exponents and Square Roots.
11. Algebra: Equations and Applied Problems.
Appendix: Table of Square Roots.