Beginning Algebra: Connecting Concepts through Applications,
2nd Edition

Mark Clark, Cynthia Anfinson

ISBN-13: 9781337616065 | ISBN-10: 1337616060

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 976 pages

List Price USD $149.95


Show students how to apply traditional mathematical skills in real-world contexts with BEGINNING ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS, 2nd Edition. Concepts become real and vivid as the authors draw from real data to show students why and how to apply math. Through conceptual explorations, skill building and applications, this text’s approach helps students master concepts, and develop problem solving and communication skills. The authors integrate algebraic techniques, graphing, the use of data in tables, and writing sentences to communicate solutions to application problems. Strong algebra skills support applications while completing models by hand helps students focus on the characteristics of each function type. Accompanied by WebAssign, your students will be able to continue their conceptual experience while completing their online homework. Conceptual questions from the text are included and "WatchIts" with closed-captioning gives students another opportunity to both learn and practice skills and concepts through the power of WebAssign.

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Mark Clark graduated from California State University, Long Beach, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics. A full-time associate professor at Palomar College, since 1996, Mark is committed to teaching using applications and technology to help students understand mathematics in context and communicate results clearly. Intermediate algebra is one of his favorite courses to teach and he continues to teach several sections of this course each year. He is co-author of BEGINNING ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS, and BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS published by Cengage. Mark shares his passion for using applications to teach mathematical concepts by delivering workshops and talks to other instructors at local and national conferences.

Cynthia (Cindy) Anfinson graduated from UCSD's Revelle College in 1985, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went to graduate school at Cornell University under the Army Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship. She graduated from Cornell in 1989 with a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics. She is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Palomar College and has been teaching there since 1995. Cindy Anfinson was a finalist in Palomar College's 2002 Distinguished Faculty Award.

  • DIGITAL CONTENT UPDATE 2020: Instructors and students benefit from WebAssign content updates without having to transition to a new edition, including new problem types such as Concept Checks, Learn Its, College Success Modules, an increased number of problems and more.
  • Within WebAssign, there will be expanded problem coverage with an emphasis on conceptual problems, full "WatchIt" coverage with closed-captioning and expanded "MasterIt" coverage with emphasis on conceptual problems.
  • Three Toolkits are included with the new edition: the Equation Solving Toolkit, Factoring Toolkit, and Expression Simplifying Toolkit. Integrated throughout the text with visual icons, students receive just-in-time help connecting them to the solving techniques and tools used for different types of problems. Each Toolkit emphasizes how these fundamental tools equations are used throughout the course. A quick reference of all three Toolkits appear at the front of the text to emphasize the importance of using these from the start of the course.
  • Vocabulary short-answer exercises have been added at the start of each exercise set. These help students learn the vocabulary of algebra and improve their communication skills.
  • The Exercise Sets have been updated with new data and current applications to help students see connections between mathematics and the world in which they live.
  • Students are asked to provide reasons for each step in selected Solving exercises. This helps students to think critically about and explain the solving process. This also connects with the Toolkits that have been integrated throughout the text.
  • There is an increased emphasis on students identifying equation and function types within solving, graphing, and modeling problems. This helps students to review previous material and connect it to the current topics.
  • The Annotated Instructor’s Edition will be replaced with a comprehensive Instructor's Manual. Practical tips and classroom examples are provided on how to approach and pace chapters as well as integrate features such as Concept Investigations. In addition, for every example in the student text, there is a different example in the Instructor's Manual, with accompanying answers that can be used for additional in-class practice and/or homework. Pair the Instructor's Manual with the loose-leaf version of the text to create the perfect Instructor's Edition mockup.
  • Integrated "Student" Work. Clearly identifiable examples of "student" work appear throughout the exercises in the text. These boxes ask students to find and correct common errors.
  • Prealgebra Review. The text begins with Chapter R, a review of certain prealgebra concepts, topics most necessary for beginning algebra, and other traditional student weak spots.
  • Chapter Projects. To enhance critical thinking, projects can be assigned either individually or as group work. Instructors can choose which projects best suit the focus of their class and give their students the chance to show how well they can tie together the concepts they have learned in that chapter. Some of these projects include online research or activities that students must perform to analyze data and make conclusions.
  • Flexible Use of the Calculator. The core exercises do not require calculator usage, although the book has been written to support the use of a scientific calculator. Calculator Details Margin boxes will appear as necessary to instruct students on the correct use of a scientific calculator. In certain Concept Investigations, the calculator is used to help students with arithmetic so that they may concentrate on looking for patterns
  • Reinforcement of Visual Learning through Graphs and Tables. Graphs and tables are used throughout the book to organize data, examine trends, and have students gain knowledge of graphing linear and quadratic equations. The graphical and numeric approach helps support visual learners, incorporating realistic situations into the text and reinforcing the graphs and data that students see in their daily lives.
  • Cumulative Reviews. Cumulative reviews appear after every two chapters, and group together the major topics across chapters. Answers to all the exercises are available to students in the answer appendix.
  • Critical-Thinking Feature: Concept Investigations. The directed-discovery activities called Concept Investigations are ideal as group work during class, incorporated as part of a lecture, or as individual assignments to investigate concepts further. Inserted at key points within the chapter, each Concept Investigation helps students explore patterns and relationships such as the graphical and algebraic representations of the concepts being studied.
  • Worked Examples with In-Text Practice Problems. This text provides a broad range of examples that give students more practical experience with mathematics. Other examples reinforce patterns of problem solving by using a step-by-step approach, breaking down an example into more basic concepts or techniques and then following it immediately with a practice problem that is similar to that example.
  • Exercise Sets. The exercise sets include a balance of both applications and skill-based problems developed with a clear level of progression in terms of difficulty level. Some exercise sets begin with a few warm-up problems before focusing on applications. Exercise sets typically end with additional skill practice to help students master the concepts when needed. A balance of graphical, numerical, and algebraic skill problems is included throughout the book to help students see mathematics from several different views.
  • Margin Notes. The margin contains three kinds of notes to help students with specific types of information: Skill Connections provide a just-in-time review of core mathematical concepts, reinforcing student skill sets; Connecting the Concepts reinforce a concept by showing relationships across sections; and specific vocabulary of mathematics and the applications are helpfully defined and reinforced through margin notes called "What's That Mean?"

Table of Contents

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Operations with Integers. Operations with Fractions. Prime Numbers and Prime Factorization. Operations with Decimals. Operations with Percents. The Real Number System.
Exponents, Order of Operations, and Properties of Real Numbers. Algebra and Working with Variables. Simplifying Expressions. Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System.
Addition and Subtraction Properties of Equality. Multiplication and Division Properties of Equality. Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides. Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities on a Number Line.
Graphing Equations with Two Variables. Finding and Interpreting Slope. Slope Intercept Form of Lines. Linear Equations and Their Graphs. Finding Equations of Lines. Modeling Linear Data.
Identifying Systems of Linear Equations. Solving Systems Using the Substitution Method. Solving Systems Using the Elimination Method. Solving Linear Inequalities in Two Variables Graphically. Systems of Linear Inequalities.
Rules for Exponents. Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials. Multiplying Polynomials. Dividing a Polynomials.
What It Means to Factor. Factoring Trinomials. Factoring Special Forms. Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring.
The Basics of Rational Expressions and Equations. Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions. Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions. Solving Rational Equations. Proportions, Similar Triangles, and Variation.
From Squaring a Number to Roots and Radicals. Basic Operations with Radical Expressions. Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions. Solving Radical Equations.
Graphing Quadratic Equations. Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Square-Root Property. Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square and Quadratic Formula. Graphing Quadratic Equations including Intercepts. Working with Quadratic Models. The Basics of Functions.
Geometry Formulas.
Unit Conversions.
Answers to Odd Problems.
Answers to Example Practice Problems.

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