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Basic Mathematics

Basic Mathematics

Robert Prior

Mar 2009, Paperback, 736 pages
ISBN13: 9780321213792
ISBN10: 0321213793
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Like many instructors today, Bob Prior's teaching has evolved in recent years to address the changing world of developmental math: the class format, the classroom itself, the teachers, and most importantly, the students. Bob teaches in a variety of formats (online, face-to-face, hybrid). He sees some students in class regularly and in office hours, while he knows other students only by name and email address.

Basic Mathematics is based on Bob Prior’s own varied teaching experiences and is designed to serve the needs of today's developmental math student and classroom. Bob knows that because today's students don't always have a lot of face time with their instructors, a usable, thorough, easy-to-follow text is key to their success. He draws students into the book by incorporating practice opportunities throughout the body of text. Thorough explanations and examples explain the "why" behind the mathematics and patiently develop each concept.

Basic Mathematics is presented in a user-friendly, spiral-bound format, and is available with a Student Resources DVD-ROM set that includes video lectures for each section of the text, all chapter test solutions on video, and the Student's Solutions Manual. This new streamlined format conserves natural resources, while also providing convenience and savings for students.


Chapter 1. Whole Numbers and Number Sense

1.1 Whole Numbers

1.2 Definitions and Properties

1.3 Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers

1.4 Multiplying Whole Numbers

1.5 Dividing Whole Numbers

1.6 Equations

1.7 Solving Applications Using Equations

Chapter 1 Review

Chapter 1 Review Exercises

Chapter 1 Test

Chapter 2. Factors and the Order of Operations

2.1 Exponents and Square Roots

2.2 The Order of Operations

2.3 Formulas

2.4 Factors

2.5 Prime Factorization

2.6 Common Factors

Chapter 2 Review

Chapter 2 Review Exercises

Chapter 2 Test

Chapters 1-2 Cumulative Review

Chapter 3. Fractions: Multiplication and Division

3.1 Introduction to Fractions

3.2 Simplifying Fractions

3.3 Multiplying Fractions

3.4 Dividing Fractions

3.5 Equations and Applications with Fractions

Chapter 3 Review

Chapter 3 Review Exercises

Chapter 3 Test

Chapter 4. Fractions: Addition and Subtraction

4.1 Common Multiples

4.2 Building Up Fractions

4.3 Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions

4.4 Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

4.5 Adding Mixed Numbers

4.6 Subtracting Mixed Numbers

Chapter 4 Review

Chapter 4 Review Exercises

Chapter 4 Test

Chapters1-4 Cumulative Review

Chapter 5. Decimals

5.1 An Introduction to Decimals

5.2 Rounding Decimals

5.3 Adding and Subtracting Decimals

5.4 Multiplying Decimals

5.5 Dividing with Decimals

5.6 Applications Involving Decimals

Chapter 5 Review

Chapter 5 Review Exercises

Chapter 5 Test

Chapter 6. Ratios, Proportions, and Percents

6.1 Ratios

6.2 Rates

6.3 Proportions

6.4 Percents

6.5 Solving the Percent Equation

6.6 Solving Percent Problems Using Proportions

6.7 Applications Involving Percents

Chapter 6 Review

Chapter 6 Review Exercises

Chapter 6 Test

Chapters 1-6 Cumulative Review

Chapter 7. Measurement and Geometry

7.1 U.S. Measures

7.2 Metric Measures

7.3 Converting U.S. and Metric Measures

7.4 Lines and Angles

7.5 Geometric Shapes

7.6 Perimeter

7.7 Area

7.8 Volume

Chapter 7 Review

Chapter 7 Review Exercises

Chapter 7 Test

Chapter 8. Statistics and Probability

8.1 Bar Graphs and Circle Graphs

8.2 Histograms

8.3 Mean, Median, and Mode

8.4 Probability

Chapter 8 Review

Chapter 8 Review Exercises

Chapter 8 Test

Chapters 1-8 Cumulative Reivew

Chapter 9. Integers and Algebraic Expressions

9.1 Introduction to Algebra

9.2 Adding Signed Numbers

9.3 Subtracting Signed Numbers

9.4 Signed Fractions and Decimals

9.5 Multiplying and Dividing Signed Numbers

9.6 The Order of Operations for Signed Numbers

9.7 Algebraic Expressions: Combining Like Terms

9.8 Multiplying Algebraic Expressions

Chapter 9 Review

Chapter 9 Review Exercises

Chapter 9 Test

Chapter 10. Equations

10.1 Solving Equations Involving One Operation

10.2 Solving Equations Involving Two Operations

10.3 Problem Solving

10.4 Solving Applications
Chapter 10 Review

Chapter 10 Review Exercises

Chapter 10 Test

Chapters 1-10 Cumulative Review



Photograph Credits

Index of Applications


  • The thorough explanations assume no mathematical background, breaking down every topic into its most basic ideas.
  • Prior reinforces self-assessment and active participation with a variety of features.
    • Preparation Exercises at the start of every chapter help students review what they need to know before beginning the chapter.
    • A “You Need to Know” list references materials that students should understand to successfully complete the section objectives, which are clearly stated at the beginning of each section.
    • Multiple You Try It Exercises follow each example, allowing students to immediately practice and apply the concepts they have just learned, while effectively bringing exercise sets into each lesson.
  • Think About It boxes pose thought-provoking questions that encourage discussion of the concepts and topics. The concepts covered in these boxes are revisited in the Think Again exercises that begin each exercise set.
  • Aninteractive format and presentation style encourage students to keep the book open and write in its pages, fostering active learning. The spiral binding provides a convenient way for students to study from their texts while working at a computer.
  • Student supplements are available on one DVD-ROM set, saving natural resources and passing cost savings on to students.

Bob Prior is an Associate Professor of at Riverside Community College’s Norco Campus in southern California. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of California at San Diego and his Masters degree from California State University at Fullerton. Along with his teaching at the community college level, he has presented intensive summer institutes to high school algebra teachers and to upper elementary school educators. He has also presented at AMATYC, ICTCM, and at CMC3 (California), both North and South.

Bob has authored developmental math texts for use in three online classes for Riverside Community College (CA): Basic Math, Prealgebra, and Elementary Algebra. He is restructuring each of those texts, along with Intermediate Algebra, for Pearson. He lives with his wife Laura in Norco, California.

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