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Cengage Advantage Books: Beginning Algebra: Connecting Concepts Through Applicationsby Mark Clark
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BEGINNING ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS shows students how to apply traditional mathematical skills in real-world contexts. The emphasis on skill building and applications engages students as they master algebraic concepts, problem solving, and communication skills. Students learn how to solve problems generated from realistic applications, instead of learning techniques without conceptual understanding. The authors have developed several key ideas to make concepts real and vivid for students. First, they emphasize strong algebra skills. These skills support the applications and enhance student comprehension. Second, the authors integrate applications, drawing on realistic data to show students why they need to know and how to apply math. The applications help students develop the skills needed to explain the meaning of answers in the context of the application. Third, the authors develop key concepts as students progress through the course. For example, the distributive property is introduced in real numbers, covered when students are learning how to multiply a polynomial by a constant, and finally when students learn how to multiply a polynomial by a monomial. These concepts are reinforced through applications in the text. Last, the authors' approach prepares students for intermediate algebra by including an introduction to material such as functions and interval notation as well as the last chapter that covers linear and quadratic modeling.
About the Author
Mark Clark graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor's and Master's in Mathematics in 1995. He is a full-time Associate Professor at Palomar College and has taught there for the past 9 years. He is a member of AMATYC and regularly attends the national AMATYC and ICTCM conferences. He has also done extensive reviewing and testing of various classroom technologies and materials. Through this work, he is committed to teaching his students through applications and using technology to help his students both understand the mathematics in context and communicate their results clearly. Intermediate algebra is one of his favorite courses to teach, and he continues to teach several sections of this course each year.
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"This book has just the right balance of skill and application problems.It does a good job of helping the students throughout the sectionswithout just giving all the answers away."Kate Bella, Instructor, Manchester Community College "It is easily readable for students, the explanations are clear, and themargin notes are a nice feature that makes the text more reader friendly."Daniel Lopez, Instructor, Brookdale Community College "I love how the text is centered on real-life situations. Students aregiven a great deal of assistance from the margin notes and well-workedexamples."Brianne Lodholtz, Instructor, Grand Rapids Community College "The approaches of Concept Investigations and Concept Connectionscaught my attention right away. I believe they will help studentsunderstand concepts better."Xiaomin Wang, Instructor, Rochester Community and Technical College
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