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Prealgebra: An Applied Approach : 6th Edition - Richard N. Aufmann

Prealgebra: An Applied Approach

6th Edition

Paperback Published: 1st January 2013
ISBN: 9781133365457
Number Of Pages: 768

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As in previous editions, the focus in Prealgebra remains on the Aufmann Interactive Method (AIM). Students are encouraged to be active participants in the classroom and in their own studies. For the first time in this edition, How To examples appear before the paired Examples and You Try It problems a hallmark feature found in all other books in the Aufmann series. Presenting students with worked examples, and then providing them with the opportunity to immediately solve similar problems, helps them build their confidence and eventually master the concepts.

Simplicity is key in the organization of this edition, as in all other editions. All lessons, exercise sets, tests, and supplements are organized around a carefully constructed hierarchy of objectives. Each exercise mirrors a preceding objective, which helps to reinforce key concepts and promote skill building. This clear, objective-based approach allows students to organize their thoughts around the content, and supports instructors as they work to design syllabi, lesson plans, and other administrative documents.

New features like Focus on Success, Apply the Concept, and Concept Check add an increased emphasis on study skills and conceptual understanding to strengthen the foundation of student success. The Sixth Edition also features a new design, enhancing the Aufmann Interactive Method and making the pages easier for both students and instructors to follow. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections.

New to this Edition

  • Apply the Concept boxes illustrate how an arithmetic operation is applied to a real-world situation so that students understand a context in which the operation is used.

  • Concept Check exercises promote conceptual understanding. Completing these exercises will deepen a student's understanding of the concepts being addressed and provide the foundation they need to successfully complete the remaining exercises in the exercise set.

  • Focus on Success appears at the start of each chapter. These are designed to help students make the most of the text and their time as they progress through the course and prepare for tests and exams.

  • Check Your Progress exercises appear approximately mid-chapter and test a student's understanding of the concepts presented thus far in the chapter.

  • In the News application exercises have been updated and help students master the utility of mathematics in our everyday world. They are based on information found in popular media sources, including newspapers, magazines, and the Web.

  • Projects or Group Activities have been updated and moved to the end of each set of exercises. These may be assigned individually, or they can be used for classroom activities or group work.

  • Chapter A, AIM for Success, has been updated and is now the first chapter in the text. Chapter A outlines study skills that are used by students who have been successful in this course. Topics include how to stay motivated, making a commitment to success, how to manage your time, and preparing for and taking tests. There is a complete guide to the textbook and how to use its features to become a successful student.

About the Authors

Richard Aufmann is the lead author of two bestselling developmental math series and a bestselling college algebra and trigonometry series, as well as several derivative math texts. He received a BA in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA in mathematics from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Aufmann taught math, computer science, and physics at Palomar College in California, where he was on the faculty for 28 years. His textbooks are highly recognised and respected among college mathematics professors. Today, Mr. Aufmann's professional interests include quantitative literacy, the developmental math curriculum, and the impact of technology on curriculum development.

Joanne Lockwood received a BA in English Literature from St. Lawrence University and both an MBA and a BA in mathematics from Plymouth State University. Ms. Lockwood taught at Plymouth State University and Nashua Community College in New Hampshire, and has over 20 years' experience teaching mathematics at the high school and college level. Ms. Lockwood has co-authored two bestselling developmental math series, as well as numerous derivative math texts and ancillaries. Ms. Lockwood's primary interest today is helping developmental math students overcome their challenges in learning math.

Note: Each chapter begins with a Prep Test and concludes with a Chapter Summary, a Chapter Review, and a Chapter Test. Chapters 2-10 include Cumulative Review Exercises.



Introduction to Whole Numbers. Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers. Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers. Solving Equations with Whole Numbers. The Order of Operations Agreement.


Introduction to Integers. Addition and Subtraction of Integers. Multiplication and Division of Integers. Solving Equations with Integers. The Order of Operations Agreement.


Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor. Introduction to Fractions. Multiplication and Division of Fractions. Addition and Subtraction of Fractions. Solving Equations with Fractions. Exponents, Complex Fractions, and the Order of Operations Agreement.


Introduction to Decimals. Addition and Subtraction of Decimals. Multiplication and Division of Decimals. Solving Equations with Decimals. Radical Expressions. Real Numbers.


Properties of Real Numbers. Variable Expressions in Simplest Form. Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials. Multiplication of Monomials. Multiplication of Polynomials. Division of Monomials. Verbal Expressions and Variable Expressions.


Equations of the form x + a = b and ax = b. Equations of the Form ax + b = c 380. General First-Degree Equations. Translating Sentences into Equations. The Rectangular Coordinate System. Graphs of Straight Lines.


The Metric System of Measurement. Ratios and Rates. The U.S. Customary System of Measurement. Proportion. Direct and Inverse Variation.


Percent. The Basic Percent Equation. Percent Increase and Percent Decrease. Markup and Discount. Simple Interest.


Introduction to Geometry. Plane Geometric Figures. Triangles. Solids.


Organizing Data. Statistical Measures. Introduction to Probability.



Solutions to You-Try-Its.

Answers to Selected Exercises.


ISBN: 9781133365457
ISBN-10: 1133365450
Series: Mindtap Course List
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 1st January 2013
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.4 x 21.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.48
Edition Number: 6
Edition Type: Revised

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