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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.
Paper
ISBN 0-13-342569-X


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Summary

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.

Features


illustrates the many applications of basic mathematics through realistic word problems integrated throughout.

  • worked solutions to most odd- numbered word problems are provided in the back of the book
defines important terms/concepts twice—once in the text where the concept is introduced and again in the summary as an easy study reference.
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 students
  • Critical Thinking Problems, labeled Think About It, appear throughout the book to increase students' critical thinking abilities
  • 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 techniques
  • 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


Table of Contents
(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.
    4. Decimals.
    5. Ratio and Proportion.
    6. Percent.
    7. Exponents and Square Roots.
    8. Measurement.
    9. Geometry.
    10. Algebra.
    11. Algebra: Equations and Applied Problems.
    12. Statistics.
    Appendix: Table of Square Roots.
    Bibliography.
    Answers.
    Index.


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