Prealgebra eBook, 4th Edition

Tom Carson

Prealgebra eBook, 4th Edition

By Tom Carson
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Addressing individual learning styles, Tom Carson presents targeted learning strategies and a complete study system to guide students to success. Carson’s Study System, presented in the “To the Student” section at the front of the text, adapts to the way each student learns, and targeted learning strategies are presented throughout the book to guide students to success. Tom speaks to students in everyday language and walks them through the concepts, explaining not only how to do the math, but also where the concepts come from and why they work.

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  • Carson’s unique study system guides students to success:
    • The Study System is introduced in the To the Student section in the front of the text, and is reinforced throughout the book. Carson encourages students to keep a class notebook, and presents strategies for taking notes and studying effectively, including a colour-coding system. These colours are used consistently throughout the text: red for definitions, blue for procedures and rules, and black for notes and examples.
    • Learning Strategy boxes, at point of use throughout the text, serve as reminders that tactile, visual, and auditory learners all learn in different ways, and offer specific strategies keyed to their individual styles to grasp the concept at hand. In this revision, new learning strategies written by students and recent graduates have been added throughout the text, helping students learn from each other.
  • Examples are carefully explained with Tom Carson’s abundant Notes, which clarify ideas in everyday language. For verbal learners, students intimidated by mathematical shorthand, or for students who need extra help, these Notes provide practical advice with the voice of a personal tutor. Each Example has a corresponding Your Turn exercise in the margin for immediate practice and reinforcement, with answers at the bottom of the page.
  • An abundance of exercises give students the chance to practice the skills and understand the concepts they need. Section exercises are now grouped by objective, facilitating review. Special exercise types include the following.
    • NEW! Warm-up Exercises at the beginning of each section review prior concepts helpful in learning the concepts in the upcoming section.
    • NEW! Prep Exercises begin each exercise set to get students thinking about the terminology, rules, and processes corresponding to the section exercises that immediately follow.
    • Puzzle Problems are mathematical brainteasers that appear at the end of selected exercise sets to encourage creative and critical thinking. These problems usually do not have a formulaic approach to their solutions.
  • Unique Connections boxes improve students’ understanding of how specific procedures and larger ideas are interrelated, helping to demystify the subject of math.
  • A five-step problem solving outline is introduced early in the text. The more difficult application problems in the text follow this outline in order to give students a consistent model for solving problems.
  • Polynomials are introduced early and intuitively (Chapter 3) so that students become familiar with this crucial topic early and can continually reinforce their understanding throughout later chapters. This material can be covered later, if desired, or not at all.
  • Warning boxes alert students to common mistakes and false assumptions that students often make and explain why these are incorrect.
  • Of Interest boxes are positioned throughout the text to add some excitement to the mathematical material. Containing trivia or historical notes, Of Interest boxes are designed to enhance the learning process by making concepts fun and interesting.
  • Enhanced! End-of-chapter material provides ample opportunity for students to review.
    • The Chapter Summary is now interactive, with Review Exercises integrated within the summary to encourage active learning and review.
      • Blank fields for each key topic prompt students to complete the corresponding definitions, rules, and procedures.
      • A key example illustrates each concept.
      • Review exercises immediately follow the summarised material so that the student can apply the skills and concepts for immediate reinforcement.
    • A practice test follows each Chapter Summary and Review
    • A Cumulative Review follows every chapter, beginning with Chapter 2.


Table of contents
  • 1. Whole Numbers
  • 2. Integers
  • 3. Expressions and Polynomials
  • 4. Equations
  • 5. Fractions and Rational Expressions
  • 6. Decimals
  • 7. Ratios, Proportions, and Measurement
  • 8. Percents
  • 9. More with Geometry and Graphs
  • Answers
  • Photo Credits
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Index of Applications