
Experiencing Algebra, 1/e
JoAnne Thomasson, Pellissippi State Technical CC
Bob Pesut, Pellissippi State Technical CC
Published August, 1998 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 1999, 1190 pp.
Cloth
ISBN 0137612486

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For courses in Beginning and Intermediate Algebra that fully
incorporate graphing calculators.
This text was written specifically to incorporate—throughout—all
the AMATYC standards for intellectual development, content, and pedagogy.
Experiencing Algebra combines beginning and intermediate algebra
concepts and actively involves students in a “total algebra experience.”
Thomasson and Pesut integrate the use of technology (assuming no prior
graphing calculator skills on the part of students); allow students
to experience algebra through discovery and visualization; illustrate
multiple approaches (numerical, graphical, algebraic, and verbal)
to problem solving; use realworld situations to help students connect
algebra to other fields of mathematics as well as other disciplines;
and ask students to communicate mathematically as well as work collaboratively
in groups.
= Page references are from “Experiencing Algebra”
Presents multiple approaches to problem solving —
to accommodate the needs of different learning styles of students.
Ex. Pg. 313, 518, 519
Discovery Exercises allow students to discover rules
and then justify mathematically why the rules exist — expanding
their reasoning skills and ability to communicate their discoveries.
Ex. Pg. 276
 Statement of the rule and a discussion of the mathematical
basis of the rules follows each “discovery”.
RealWorld Situations help students understand the
connection between algebra and other areas of mathematics as well
as other disciplines. Ex. Pg. 283
 Each chapter and each section begins with applications
of situations in which the concepts will be applied to solve problems.
Ex. Pg. 298
 Section ends with an objective examining realworld situations
that may be addressed after completing the section objectives. Ex.
Pg. 272
Graphing calculator applications and exercises are
integrated throughout. Ex. Pg. 255
 Technology Boxes — include calculator keystrokes
and print screens — to help students learn how to use a graphing
calculator. Ex. Pg. 263
Approximately 125 worked examples are included in each
chapter— with stepbystep directions — and multiple
approaches as appropriate. Ex. Pg. 326
Features extensive exercise sets that help students
“experience” algebra from several perspectives:
 Experiencing Algebra the Checkup Way — Students
check their understanding of each section objective before the next
objective is introduced, and communicate this understanding verbally
or in writing. Ex. Pg. 327
 Experiencing Algebra the Exercise Way — Students
develop their problemsolving skills on a variety of exercises, including
realworld situations. Ex. Pg. 330
 Experiencing Algebra the Calculator Way — Students
experience additional calculator activities and methods of exploring
topics with the calculator. Ex. Pg. 332
 Experiencing Algebra the Group Way — Students
learn to work cooperatively in groups on projects as well as modeling
activities. Ex. Pg. 333
 Experiencing Algebra the Write Way — Students
learn to communicate mathematically. Ex. Pg. 333
Helping Hand sections help students develop confidence
in their mathematical ability. Ex. Pg. 346
Lists objectives for each section, subdivides each
section by objectives, and provides a set of checkup questions
at the end of each objective. Ex. Pg. 349
Chapter reviews incorporate:
 Reflections— students compare and contrast
major concepts in a chapter. Ex. Pg. 384
 Section Reviews— students complete additional
exercises organized by sections. Ex. Pg. 384
 Mixed Reviews— students test their retention
of concepts in a random mix of exercises. Ex. Pg. 386
 Cumulative Reviews— students test their cumulative
retention of earlier concepts. Ex. Pg. 631
TestTaking Tips and a Practice Chapter Test
occur in each chapter. Ex. Pg. 630
