The respected McKeague approach excels at introducing students to elementary algebra in lab and self-paced courses. Clear, accessible explanations along with plentiful reviews, practice problems and problem sets help students build the foundation for building algebra skills. McKeague's student-oriented writing style is designed to help students overcome math anxiety. Features: * Conistent chapter organization creates a reliable learning system comprised of introductions, overviews, objectives, summaries, reviews, tests, and many opportunities to work problems - practice problems, application problems, and review problems. * A practice problem in the margin next to each example gives students an opportunity to actively develop their skills, and then to check their work against the answer at thee bottom of the page and the solution at the end of the book. * Review Problems cover material from the preceding chapter and/or reintroduce material needed for the next section. * Warnings about common mistakes and about how to avoid them keep students on a positive learning track. New to this edition: * Full-color design. * Applications problems have been updated, and many added, so they are more relevant to students' perspectives. * New chapter openers introduce real-life applications or historical notes of interest to motivate topics. The opener is referred to throughout the chapter and expanded on and linked to later portions of the text and to topics throughout the series. * The first six chapters in the text have a Study Skills section which provides step-by-step hints that encourage good study habits. * Blueprints for Problem Solving sections show students the steps for solving word problmes. This emphasis on problems solving is found throughot the text. * Increased writing skills and group activities are encouraged through the introduction of Research Projects in the fourth edition, reflecting NCTM guidelines. * Problem sets now begin with a table listing section objectives, corresponding examples and exercises, and applicable video and MathCue tutorial software lessons, to promote interactive learning.

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Charles P. "Pat" McKeague earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge and his M.S. in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. A well-known author and respected educator, he is a full time writer and a part time instructor at Cuesta College. He has published twelve textbooks in mathematics, from basic mathematics to trigonometry. He is very active in the mathematics community and is a popular speaker at regional conferences throughout the year, including the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, the New Mexico Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, and the National Association for Developmental Education, among others. He is a member of the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges, the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the California mathematics Council for Community Colleges.

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