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Along with its companion, volume 2, this text combines Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra with a modeling perspective. More than just a textbook, this is a full-service course that has been class-tested and is ready for you to use. If you have attended any of Kathy's presentations on modeling, you know she is an expert in the field. She has refined her program over the last five years at Los Angeles Pierce College.
This is Kathy's step-by-step guide for how to organize and run your classroom. It gives details on how to integrate the online homework system, XYZ Homework, the Activities Guide, and the textbook to create a successful course in algebra, from a modeling perspective.
The foundation of the course is the textbook. Here is where the student finds the examples, explanations, and problems that will take them to a new level in mathematical maturity. The student can purchase the print version of the textbook for $38 (which includes all our electronic content), or they can purchase a one-year All-Access pass for $45.
In-class activities for every section of the textbook are your lesson plans for the course. The complete booklet can be purchased for $20.
Pierce College earned the State Chancellor's Student Access and Equity Award in 2011 for the ASAP course (Algebra Success at Pierce), which uses Essential Algebra, Volumes 1 and 2, for its textbooks. Here are the goals for the ASAP course:
For students in the ASAP program, 60.6% successfully completed Intermediate Algebra. For comparison, students not in the ASAP program, only 17.9% successfully completed Intermediate Algebra.
Kathy Yoshiwara has been involved in community college mathematics education for over 30 years. She has won many awards for her innovative teaching, including the AMATYC Teaching Excellence Award, the MAA Distinguished College Teachers of Mathematics Award, and the Teaching Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (University of Texas at Austin). She was awarded a one-year Fulbright teaching exchange to Barnsley, England. She was the original facilitator for the Pierce Statway team, and the department liaison for the Los Angeles Knowledge Exchange (LAKE) network. Her conference presentation "Birds, Bats, Bicycles and Balloons: New Applications for Algebra Classes" was chosen for inclusion in ERIC (Education Resources Information Center).
Kathy has held many offices in mathematics organizations, both in California, and nationwide. She was a member of the Board of Editors for the College Math Journal, a member of the Calculus Consortium for Higher Education based at Harvard, and co-author of their Precalculus text. She established Pierce College as an Interactive Mathematics Text Project (IMTP) site and organized IMTP workshops. She hosted the CRAFTY Curriculum Foundations Project Workshop Voices of the Partner & Disciplines, Technical MathematicsÂ at Pierce College.
MathTV.com- Every example in every XYZ Textbook is worked on video by multiple video tutors. Students benefit from seeing multiple approaches and gain confidence in learning from their peers. You can find the MathTV videos in the XYZ eBook. XYZ eBook- Access the eBook for this course as well as any other XYZ Textbook. Use the My Bookshelf feature under MY ACCOUNT to easily access your eBook.
Get to know your video tutors for Essential Algebra: A Modeling Approach - Volume 1! These are the video tutors that will be helping you out throughout the textbook.
Advice for Students taking a math class: Be prepared to think in new ways. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, but be willing to read and think on your own before asking for help.