6th Edition

Alan S. Tussy, Diane Koenig

ISBN-13: 9781337615808 | ISBN-10: 1337615803

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 1072 pages

List Price USD $199.95


In the Sixth Edition of Tussy/Koenig's PREALGEBRA, new Look Alikes help you compare and contrast problem types to help you understand the correct meaning of the questions and determine the necessary steps to work the problem. The authors help you understand the language of algebra and teach you how to read, write, and think mathematically.

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Alan Tussy has taught all levels of developmental mathematics at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. He has written nine math books. An extraordinary author dedicated to his students' success, he is relentlessly meticulous and creative—a visionary who maintains a keen focus on the greatest challenges students face in Mathematics. Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Redlands and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught across course and curriculum areas from prealgebra to differential equations. He is currently focusing on teaching courses related to Developmental Mathematics. Professor Tussy is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).

A nationally recognized educator and author, Diane Koenig actively shaped several textbooks, ancillaries and series. Since 1982 when she helped develop the Gustafson/Frisk series to her work on the Tussy/Koenig/Gustafson series, Diane’s writing continues to reflect the expertise she gains from working with students in her Mathematics courses. Throughout her work, she integrates research-based strategies in Mathematics education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Math Education from Illinois State University in 1980, and began her career at Rock Valley College in 1981, when she became the Math Supervisor for a newly formed Personalized Learning Center. Earning her Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics from Northern Illinois University in 1984, Diane, enjoys the distinction of being the first woman to become a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department for Rock Valley College. In addition to being awarded AMATYC's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, she was chosen as the Rock Valley College Faculty of the Year by her peers in 2005, and the next year she was awarded the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award and the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to her teaching, she is an active member of the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges (IMACC), serving on the board of directors, on a state-level task force rewriting the course outlines for the Developmental Mathematics courses, and as the Association's newsletter editor.

  • The authors present an extensive revision to a classic text that updates the real-world data that appears in the step-by-step examples and Study Sets.
  • Additional equation problems are added to respond to demand for additional practice opportunities.
  • Additional visual explanations and displays assist students who are visual learners.
  • A new page design places the Language of Algebra, Success Tip, and Caution features in the margin for easier reading.
  • Many new application problems enhance Study Sets that give students appropriate context for the topics they are studying and how they apply in a variety of occupations and vocations.
  • The practice problems address every topic within each section and maintain a clear progression of level. The Practice section is divided into two categories: Guided Practice and Try It Yourself. Guided Practice takes each practice problem and keys it directly to the appropriate example in the section. Try It Yourself problems help students determine their own strategies when solving problems, just as they would when they take a test.
  • Each worked example ends with a Now Try problem, completing the final step in the learning process. Each one is linked to a similar problem found within the Guided Practice section of the Study Sets.
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  • We regularly hear that students enjoy the applications. Practical and relevant, the text's real-world emphasis is integrated throughout, including Study Set applications, Chapter Openers, and in-text examples. Real-life applications are presented from a number of disciplines, including science, business, economics, manufacturing, entertainment, history, art, music, and mathematics.
  • Students gain a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts if they know why a particular approach is taken. That instructional truth was the motivation for including a "Strategy and Why" explanation to the solution of each worked example, providing a concise answer to that all-important question, "Why?"
  • Context-driven chapter openers entitled "From Campus to Careers" highlight vocations requiring a variety of mathematics skills. The job outlook, educational requirements, and annual earnings data provide practical information to help students make career decisions. Problems presented in the openers are tied to exercises in the Study Sets.
  • Because research shows that higher-level thinking develops best in social contexts, this text replicates the tone and style that instructors use in class. This lets the book "interact" with and engage students. For example, every step-by-step example begins with a Strategy and a Why statement; and author notes placed to the right of each step of a solution are written in complete sentences to provide the detail students often need when learning a new topic.
  • Combining the best of traditional and reform approaches, PREALGEBRA, Sixth Edition, focuses on sufficient skill development while emphasizing applications and interpretation of visual data, conceptual development, and problem solving. The text utilizes creative applications, a unique learning system, and an emphasis on the language of algebra.

Table of Contents

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An Introduction to the Whole Numbers. Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers. Multiplying Whole Numbers. Dividing Whole Numbers. Prime Factors and Exponents. The Least Common Multiple and the Greatest Common Factor. Order of Operations. Solving Equations Using Addition and Subtraction. Solving Equations Using Multiplication and Division. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test.
An Introduction to the Integers. Adding Integers. Subtracting Integers. Multiplying Integers. Dividing Integers. Order of Operations and Estimation. Solving Equations That Involve Integers. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Algebraic Expressions. Evaluating Algebraic Expressions and Formulas. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions and the Distributive Property. Combining Like Terms. Simplifying Expressions to Solve Equations. Using Equations to Solve Application Problems. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
An Introduction to Fractions. Multiplying Fractions. Dividing Fractions. Adding and Subtracting Fractions. Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers. Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers. Order of Operations and Complex Fractions. Solving Equations That Involve Fractions. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
An Introduction to Decimals. Adding and Subtracting Decimals. Multiplying Decimals. Dividing Decimals. Fractions and Decimals. Square Roots. Solving Equations That Involve Decimals. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Ratios and Rates. Proportions. American Units of Measurement. Metric Units of Measurement; Medical Applications. Converting between American and Metric Units. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Percents, Decimals, and Fractions. Solving Percent Problems Using Percent Equations and Proportions. Applications of Percent. Estimation with Percent. Interest. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Reading Graphs and Tables. Mean, Median, and Mode. Probability. Equations in Two Variables: The Rectangular Coordinate System. Graphing Linear Equations. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Basic Geometric Figures; Angles. Parallel and Perpendicular Lines. Polygons and Triangles. The Pythagorean Theorem. Congruent Triangles and Similar Triangles. Quadrilaterals and Other Polygons. Perimeters and Areas of Polygons. Circles. Volume. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Multiplication Rules for Exponents. Introduction to Polynomials. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials. Multiplying Polynomials. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Appendix 1
Roots and Powers.
Appendix 2
Answers to Selected Exercises.

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