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Essentials of Elementary & Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Course 2/e


Charles P. McKeague


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Essentials of Elementary & Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Course 2/e

This is the combo book is a concise survey of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra designed for a one-semester course. This is unlike our other combo books that are for 2 terms. Some schools call this an accelerated course.

Every section has been written so that it can be discussed in a single class session. The clean layout and the authors' conversational style make it easy for students to read, and important information such as definitions and properties are highlighted so that they can easily be located and referenced by students.

The following features provide both instructors and students a vast array of resources which can be used to enrich the learning environment and promote student success:



  • Chapter Introductions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Getting Ready for Class
  • Getting Ready for the Next Section
  • Learning Objectives Assessments
  • Paying Attention to Instructions
  • How To Segments
  • Spotlight on Success
  • Real-Data Application Problems
  • Facts from Geometry
  • QR Codes
  • Chapter Summary / Chapter Test

Learning Objectives

A quick road map for each section to help students identify and focus on the important concepts and increase the likelihood of their success.

Getting Ready for Class

Four key questions at the end of every section that students should be able to answer with ease if they have read the material before class.

Getting Ready for the Next Section

A brief preview of the next section to help student maintain their momentum as much as possible, with a small taste of the problem types they will encounter next.

Learning Objectives Assessments

A short section of multiple-choice questions at the end of every exercise set to test whether students have met the learning objectives for each section.

Paying Attention to Instructions

Integrated into the problem sets, these particular exercises really challenge students to carefully read the instructions for each problem.

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A little more detail, as needed, outlining the steps in a method or process to help students internalize the particular problem-solving strategy.

Spotlight on Success€

Each student has a unique approach to learning, so this feature offers students a variety of strategies from a variety of sources.

Real-Data Application Problems

Applied problems that help give students a greater mathematical sense,€ and even make the concepts a little easier to understand.

Facts from Geometry

Geometry can give students another view of the problem, and potentially, another avenue for understanding algebraic concepts.

QR Codes

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Chapter Summary

Lists the main properties and definitions found in the chapter, with examples given in the margin.

Chapter Summary

A representative sample of the various types of problems students have encountered in the chapter.

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About The Author
Charles P. McKeague
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I have taught elementary school through to calculus. I am best suited for teaching developmental math at the community college level. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have students that always impressed me with their willingness to improve their position in life through education.