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Prealgebra: A Journey to College Mathematics




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About This Book

Prealgebra: A Journey to College Mathematics by Cavanah and McKeague uses one of the principal approaches to the pre-algebra curriculum in which negative numbers and solving equations are introduced early on in the course. Algebraic concepts such as evaluating expressions and solving equations are then infused in subsequent chapters to reinforce these fundamental skills. The authors use a conversational tone and a learner-centered approach to instruction. They draw on their experience teaching in the face-to-face and online learning environments to incorporate points of clarification or emphasis as well as common mistakes that are often made when learning and mastering this material. The title reflects the fact that many students taking this course are beginning a sequence of mathematics courses. The completion of these classes is a journey, complete with both its challenges and triumphs.

Features such as the Navigation Skills and Spotlight on Success, supplement the curriculum with advice and pointers for success that will transcend not only a prealgebra course, but also the mathematics classroom. In addition to a variety of carefully worked out examples within the text, conceptual questions in the Key Concept Review and an assortment of exercises, students can also quickly and easily access the MathTV video library with a quick scan of a QR code in each section.

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About The Authors
Megan Cavanah
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My favorite class to teach is introductory and intermediate algebra. It's rewarding to see former students at graduation after having them in class early in their academic career. 

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.