Our Story

Three Companies, One Mission

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MathTV.com began in 2008 as the result of a collaboration between Pat McKeague and six of his students. That summer, Mr. McKeague, as they called him, hired students to help with proofing and error-checking a college algebra textbook. When he saw how dedicated the students were to improving the book, Pat's vision for MathTV.com was born. From its first iteration, MathTV.com featured online versions of his developmental math textbooks, video lectures, and math problems solved by peer-student instructors. Today, there are over 10,000 instructional videos on the site. Every example in every XYZ Textbook is worked on video by multiple student instructors.

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In 2010, Pat McKeague established a new publishing company called XYZ Textbooks. The first publications were all books authored by Pat McKeague. Since then, we have expanded our list to include new books by Kathy Yoshiwara, Denny Burzynski, Reva Narashimhan, and Mark Turner. We now publish over 20 books, covering 8 core mathematics courses from basic math through precalculus. As our catalog grows, so does our user list. Today, more than 200 schools use our textbooks, and the list of loyal users continues to grow.

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In 2010, we launched XYZ Homework, an online homework and learning management system. We now had a complete and unified learning environment for students—and a powerful time-saving tool for instructors. XYZ Homework's online assessment is integrated with MathTV.com video lessons and XYZ Textbooks to reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom. Randomized questions provide unlimited practice and instant feedback with all the benefits of automatic grading.

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Origins of XYZ

Pat McKeague signed his first textbook contract in 1977 with Academic Press in New York City. Since that time, he has written over 20 textbooks from basic mathematics through trigonometry. Many of his books have been bestsellers in their respective courses, and Pat is proud to have helped thousands of students succeed in those courses. His first book, Elementary Algebra, is now in its 9th edition and is published by Cengage Learning.

Our Name: Why XYZ?

When the first two math books authored by Charles P. "Pat" McKeague were published in 1979, the art department needed a cover design and went to a local New York City hardware store. They purchased X, Y, and Z wood blocks, brought them back to the office, and photographed them. The idea held up, and it became a hallmark of Pat's books ever since. With that, it seemed natural to name the company XYZ Textbooks.

Our Home

We are happy to live and work in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California. Check out the fun videos below about our the wonderful city we call home