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Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning / Edition 2

Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning / Edition 2

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Sherri Messersmith’s successful hardcover franchise is expanded with the new softcover P.O.W.E.R. series. The conversational writing style, practical applications, innovative student resources and student friendly walk through of examples that users of the hard cover books noted and appreciated are also found in the pages of the P.O.W.E.R. series.

The P.O.W.E.R. Framework

What makes P.O.W.E.R. a unique tool for the classroom? A major challenge in developmental courses is that students at this level struggle with basic study skills and habits. Maybe this is one of their first college courses or perhaps they are adults returning to school after a long absence. Either way, many of the individuals taking this course don’t know how to be good students. Instructors often don’t have the time, the resources or the expertise to teach success skills AND the math concepts. The new team of Messersmith, Perez and Feldman offer a scientifically based approach to meet this challenge. The P.O.W.E.R. Learning Framework was developed by successful author, psychologist, student success instructor and researcher, Bob Feldman. It is a method of accomplishing any task using five simple and consistent steps. Prepare. Organize. Work. Evaluate. Rethink. This framework is integrated at every level of the text to help students successfully learn math concepts while at the same time developing habits that will serve them well throughout their college careers and in their daily lives.

The Math

Mastering Concepts—With the textbook and Connect Math hosted by ALEKS, students can practice and master their understanding of algebraic concepts.
Messersmith is rigorous enough to prepare students for the next level yet easy to read and understand. The exposition is written as if a professor is teaching in a lecture to be more accessible to students. The language is mathematically sound yet easy enough for students to understand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781259610295
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2018
Edition description: Student
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 768,859
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sherri Messersmith has been teaching at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, since 1994. She has over 25 years of experience teaching many different courses from developmental mathematics through calculus. She earned a bachelor of science degree in the teaching of mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to teach at the high level for two years. Sherri returned to UIUC and earned a master of science in applied mathematics and stayed on at the university to teach and coordinate large sections of undergraduate math courses. Sherri has authored several textbook, and she has also appeared in videos accompanying several McGraw-Hill texts.

Sherri lives outside of Chicago with her husband, Phil, and their daughters, Alex and Cailen. In her precious free time, she likes to read, play the guitar, and travel -- the manuscripts for this and her previous books have accompanied her from Spain to Greece and many points in between.

Bob Feldman still remembers those moments of being overwhelmed when he started college at Wesleyan University. “I wondered whether I was up to the challenges that faced me,” he recalls, “and—although I never would have admitted it at the time—I really had no idea what it took to be successful at college.”

That experience, along with his encounters with many students during his own teaching career, led to a life-long interest in helping students navigate the critical transition that they face at the start of their own college careers. Professor Feldman, who went on to receive a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is now Deputy Chancellor and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is founding director of POWER Up for Student Success, the first-year experience course for incoming students.

Professor Feldman’s proudest professional accomplishment is winning the College Outstanding Teaching Award at UMass. He also has been named a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and was Senior Online Instruction Fellow. He has taught courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Feldman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award and has written over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and books. His books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese, include Improving the First Year of College: Research and Practice; Understanding Psychology, 12/e; and Development Across the Life Span, 7/e. His research interests encompass the study of honesty and truthfulness in everyday life, development of nonverbal behavior in children, and the social psychology of education. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

With the last of his three children completing college, Professor Feldman occupies his spare time with pretty decent cooking and earnest, but admittedly unpolished, piano playing. He also loves to travel. He lives with his wife, who is an educational psychologist, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range in western Massachusetts.

Nathalie Vega-Rhodes’ career in higher education began seventeen years ago and has encompassed a number of student-focused positions. For nearly a decade, she has taught mathematics ranging from developmental courses to calculus, as well as student success courses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Houston—Clear Lake. In addition to teaching, as Mathematics Technology Coordinator at Lone Star College—Kingwood, she assists math faculty with technology-related pedagogical and implementation strategies. Her earliest work in higher education focused on academic support, first as a tutor and supplemental instruction (SI) leader, and then as a coordinator for a math tutoring and SI program. In her free time, Nathalie enjoys scuba diving and traveling with her husband, hanging out with her dog, and reading.

Table of Contents

Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning, 2nd Edition

Chapter 1: Operations with Integers

Study Strategies: An Introduction to the P.O.W.E.R. Framework

Section 1.1Place Value and Rounding

Section 1.2Introduction to Integers

Section 1.3Adding Integers

Section 1.4Subtracting Integers

Section 1.5Estimating a Sum or Difference

Section 1.6Multiplying Integers and Estimation

Section 1.7Dividing Integers and Estimation

Putting It All Together

Section 1.8Exponents, Roots, and Order of Operations

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Who's in Charge?

Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 1 Review

Chapter 1 Test

Chapter 2: Expressions and Equations

Study Strategies: Strategies for Reading Math (and other) Textbooks

Section 2.1Introduction to Algebra

Section 2.2Simplifying Expressions

Section 2.3Solving Linear Equations Part I

Section 2.4Solving Linear Equations Part II

Section 2.5Solving Linear Equations Part III

Section 2.6Solve Applied Problems Involving One Unknown

Section 2.7Solve Applied Problems Involving Two Unknowns

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Discover Your Reading Attention Span

Chapter Summary

Chapter 2 Review

Chapter 2 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-2

Chapter 3: Operations with Signed Fractions

Study Strategies: Time Management

Section 3.1Introduction to Signed Fractions

Section 3.2Writing Fractions in Lowest Terms

Section 3.3Multiplying and Dividing Signed Fractions

Section 3.4Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions and Finding a Least Common Denominator

Section 3.5Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

Section 3.6Operations with Mixed Numbers

Putting It All Together

Section 3.7Order Relations and Order of Operations

Section 3.8Solving Equations Containing Fractions

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Find Your Procrastination Quotient

Chapter Summary

Chapter 3 Review

Chapter 3 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-3

Chapter 4: Basic Geometry Concepts and Algebra

Study Strategies: Taking Notes in Class

Section 4.1 Introduction to Geometry

Section 4.2Rectangles, Squares, Parallelograms, and Trapezoids

Section 4.3Triangles

Section 4.4Volume and Surface Area

Putting It All Together

Section 4.5Solving Geometry Applications Using Algebra

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Active Listening

Chapter Summary

Chapter 4 Review

Chapter 4 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-4

Chapter 5: Signed Decimals

Study Strategies: Taking Math Tests

Section 5.1Reading and Writing Decimals

Section 5.2Rounding Decimals

Section 5.3Adding and Subtracting Signed Decimals

Section 5.4Multiplying Signed Decimals

Section 5.5Dividing Signed Decimals and Order of Operations

Putting It All Together

Section 5.6Writing Fractions as Decimals

Section 5.7Mean, Median, and Mode

Section 5.8Solving Equations Containing Decimals

Section 5.9Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

Section 5.10Circles, Spheres, Cylinders, and Cones

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Is Anxiety the Hardest Problem on the Test?

Chapter Summary

Chapter 5 Review

Chapter 5 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-5

Chapter 6: Ratios, Rates, and Proportions

Study Strategies: Doing Math Homework

Section 6.1Ratios

Section 6.2Rates

Section 6.3Proportions

Section 6.4Solve Proportions

Section 6.5Solve Applied Problems Involving Proportions

Section 6.6Angles

Section 6.7Solve Applied Problems Involving Congruent and Similar Triangles

Group Activity

emPOWERme: The Right Approach for Homework

Chapter Summary

Chapter 6 Review

Chapter 6 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-6

Chapter 7: Measurement and Conversion

Study Strategies: Know Your School

Section 7.1Using U.S. Customary Measurements

Section 7.2The Metric System: Length

Section 7.3The Metric System: Capacity and Weight (Mass)

Section 7.4Solve Applied Problems Involving Metric Units

Section 7.5Metric – U.S. Customary Conversions and Temperature

Group Activity

emPOWERme: My School

Chapter Summary

Chapter 7 Review

Chapter 7 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-7

Chapter 8: Percents

Study Strategies: Using the Internet to Supplement Your Learning

Section 8.1Percents, Fractions, and Decimals

Section 8.2Compute Basic Percents Mentally

Section 8.3Use an Equation to Solve Percent Problems

Section 8.4Solve Applications Involving Percents

Putting It All Together

Section 8.5More Applications with Percents

Section 8.6Simple and Compound Interest

Group Activity

emPOWERme: The Internet, Learning, and Me

Chapter Summary

Chapter 8 Review

Chapter 8 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-8

Chapter 9: Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System

Study Strategies: Beginning Financial Literacy

Section 9.1Reading Tables, Pictographs, Bar Graphs, and Line Graphs

Section 9.2Frequency Distributions and Histograms

Section 9.3Using and Making Circle Graphs

Section 9.4Introduction to Linear Equations in Two Variables

Section 9.5Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Discover Your Personal Financial Philosophy

Chapter Summary

Chapter 9 Review

Chapter 9 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-9

Chapter 10: The Rules of Exponents and Polynomials

Study Strategies: Improving Your Memory

Section 10.1The Product Rule and Power Rules

Section 10.2Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule

Putting It All Together

Section 10.3Scientific Notation

Section 10.4Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

Section 10.5Multiplying Polynomials

Group Activity

emPOWERme: What's Your Memory Style?

Chapter Summary

Chapter 10 Review

Chapter 10 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-10

Chapter 11 (Online): Transition to Algebra

Study Strategies: The Writing Process

Section 11.1 Sets of Numbers

Section 11.2 More on Solving Linear Equations

Section 11.3Solve a Formula for a Specific Variable

Section 11.4Solving Linear Inequalities in One Variable

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Writing Clearly

Appendix A: Whole Number Arithmetic

Section A.1Adding Whole Numbers

Section A.2Subtracting Whole Numbers

Section A.3Multiplying Whole Numbers

Section A.4Introduction to Division and Short Division

Section A.5Long Division of Whole Numbers

Appendix B (Online)

Section B.1 Deriving the Area of a Parallelogram and the Area of a Triangle

Section B.2 Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

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