Beginning and Intermediate Algebra (A Spectrum book)

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9780130085405: Beginning and Intermediate Algebra (A Spectrum book)

A worktext format for basic college math or arithmetic courses including lecture-based, self-paced, and modular classes.

John Tobey and Jeff Slater are experienced developmental math authors and active classroom teachers.  The Tobey approach focuses on building skills one at a time by breaking math down into manageable pieces.  This building block organization is a practical approach to basic math skill development that makes it easier for students to understand each topic, gaining confidence as they move through each section.  Knowing students crave feedback, Tobey has enhanced the new edition with a "How am I Doing?" guide to math success. The combination of continual reinforcement of basic skill development, ongoing feedback and a fine balance of exercises makes the second edition of Tobey/Slater Beginning and Intermediate Algebra even more practical and accessible.


Prealgebra Review; Real Numbers And Variables; Equations, Inequalities, And Applications; Graphing And Functions; Systems Of Linear Equations And Inequalities; Exponents And Polynomials; Factoring; Rational Expressions And Equations; Rational Exponents And Radicals; Quadratic Equations And Inequalities; The Conic Sections; Additional Properties Of Functions; Logarithmic And Exponential Functions; Foundations for Intermediate Algebra; Mathematics Blueprint for Problem Solving; Practice with Operations of Whole Numbers; Tables; Determinants and Cramer's Rule; Solving Systems of Linear Equations Using Matrices; Sets


For all readers interested in algebra.

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This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features a building-block approach toward problem solving, realistic and diverse applications, and chapter organizer to help users focus their study and become effective and confident problem solvers. The Putting Your Skills to Work and new chapter-end feature, Math in the Media, present readers with opportunities to utilize critical thinking skills, analyze and interpret data, and problem solve using applied situations encountered in daily life. Real Numbers and Variables; Equations, Inequalities and Applications; Graphs and Functions; Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities; Exponents and Polynomials; Factoring; Rational Expressions and Equations; Rational Exponents and Radicals; Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, and Absolute Value; The Conic Sections; Additional Properties of Functions; Logarithmic and Exponential Functions.

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To the Instructor

We share a partnership with you. For over thirty years we have taught mathematics courses at North Shore Community College. Each semester we join you in the daily task of sharing the knowledge of mathematics with students who often struggle with this subject. We enjoy teaching and helping students—and we are confident that you share these joys with us.

Mathematics instructors and students face many challenges today. Beginning and Intermediate Algebra was written with these needs in mind. This textbook explains mathematics slowly, clearly, and in a way that is relevant to everyday life for the college student. Special attention has been given to problem solving. This text is written to help students organize the information in any problem-solving situation, to reduce anxiety, and to provide a guide that enables students to become confident problem solvers.

One of the hallmark characteristics of Beginning and Intermediate Algebra that makes the text easy to learn and teach from is the building-block organization. Each section is written to stand on its own, and each homework set is completely self-testing. Exercises are paired and graded and are of varying levels and types to ensure that all skills and concepts are covered. As a result, the text offers students an effective and proven learning program suitable for a variety of course formats-including lecture-based classes; discussion-oriented classes; distance learning centers; modular, self-paced courses; mathematics laboratories; and computer-supported centers.

Beginning and Intermediate Algebra is part of a series that includes the following:

  • Tobey/Slater, Basic College Mathematics, Fourth Edition
  • Blair/Tobey/Slater, Prealgebra, Second Edition
  • Tobey/Slater, Beginning Algebra, Fifth Edition
  • Tobey/Slater, Intermediate Algebra, Fourth Edition

We have visited and listened to teachers across the country and have incorporated a number of suggestions into this textbook to help you with the particular learning delivery system at your school. The following pages describe the key features of the text.

Key Features Developing Problem-Solving Abilities

We are committed as authors to producing a textbook that emphasizes mathematical reasoning and problem-solving techniques as recommended by AMATYC, NCTM, AMS, NADE, MAA, and other bodies. To this end, the problem sets are built on a wealth of real-life and real-data applications. Unique problems have been developed and incorporated into the exercise sets that help train students in data interpretation, mental mathematics, estimation, geometry and graphing, number sense, critical thinking, and decision making.

Applied Problems

Numerous real-world and real-data application problems show students the relevance of the math they are learning. The applications relate to everyday life, global issues beyond the borders of the United States, and other academic disciplines. Many include source citations. Roughly 30 percent of the applications have been contributed by actual students based on scenarios they have encountered in their home or work lives.

Math in the Media

Math in the Media applications appear at the end of each chapter to offer students yet another opportunity to see why developing mastery of mathematical concepts enhances their understanding of the world around them. The applications are based on information from familiar media sources. The exercises may ask students to interpret or verify information, perform calculations, make decisions or predictions, or provide a rationale for their responses.

Putting Your Skills to Work Applications

The first edition incorporates this highly successful series feature. There are 19 Putting Your Skills to Work applications throughout the text. These nonroutine application problems challenge students to synthesize the knowledge they have gained and apply it to a totally new area. Each problem is specifically arranged for independent and cooperative learning or group investigation of mathematical problems that pique student interest. Students are given the opportunity to help one another discover mathematical solutions to extended problems. The investigations feature open-ended questions and extrapolation of data to areas beyond what is normally covered in such a course.

Internet Connections

As an integral part of each Putting Your Skills to Work problem, students are exposed to an interesting application of the Internet and encouraged to continue their investigations. This use of technology inspires students to have confidence in their abilities to successfully use mathematics.

The companion Web site ( features annotated links to help students navigate the sites more efficiently and to provide a more user-friendly experience.

Increased Integration and Emphasis on Geometry

Due to the emphasis on geometry on many statewide exams, geometry problems are integrated throughout the text. Examples and exercises that incorporate a principle of geometry are marked with a triangle icon for easy identification.

Blueprint for Problem Solving

The successful Mathematics Blueprint for Problem Solving strengthens problem-solving skills by providing a consistent and interactive outline to help students organize their approach to problem solving. Once students fill in the blueprint, they can refer back to their plan as they do what is needed to solve the problem. Because of its flexibility, this feature can be used with single-step problems, multistep problems, applications, and nonroutine problems that require problem-solving strategies. Students will not need to use the blueprint to solve every problem. It is available for those faced with a problem with which they are not familiar, to alleviate anxiety, to show them where to begin, and to assist them in the steps of reasoning.

Developing Your Study Skills

The first edition incorporates this highly successful series feature. The boxed notes are integrated throughout the text to provide students with techniques for improving their study skills and succeeding in math courses.

Graphs, Charts, and Tables

When students encounter mathematics in real-world publications, they often encounter data represented in a graph, chart, or table and are asked to make a reasonable conclusion based on the data presented. This emphasis on graphical interpretation is a continuing trend with the expanding technology of our day. The first edition includes a significant number of mathematical problems based on charts, graphs, and tables. Students are asked to make simple interpretations, to solve medium-level problems, and to investigate challenging applied problems based on the data shown in a chart, graph, or table.


Beginning and Intermediate Algebra has a design that enhances the accessible, student-friendly writing style. See the walkthrough of features in the preface on page xxii.

Mastering Mathematical Concepts

Text features that develop the mastery of concepts include the following:

Learning Objectives

Concise learning objectives listed at the beginning of each section allow students to preview the goals of that section.

Examples and Exercises

The examples and exercises in this text have been carefully chosen to guide students through Beginning and Intermediate Algebra. We have incorporated several different types of exercises and examples to assist your students in retaining the content of this course.

Chapter Pretests

Each chapter opens with a concise pretest to familiarize the students with the learning objectives for that particular chapter. The problems are keyed to appropriate sections of the chapter. All answers appear in the back of the book.

Practice Problems

Practice problems are found throughout the chapter, after the examples, and are designed to provide your students with immediate practice of the skills presented. The complete worked-out solution of each practice problem appears in the back of the book.

To Think About

These critical thinking questions follow some of the examples in the text and also appear in the exercise sets. They extend the concept being taught, providing the opportunity for all students to stretch their minds, to look for patterns, and to make conclusions based on their previous experience.

Exercise Sets

Exercise sets are paired and graded. This design helps ease the students into the problems, and the answers provide students with immediate feedback.

Cumulative Review Problems

Each exercise set concludes with a section of cumulative review problems. These problems review topics previously covered and are designed to assist students in retaining the material. Most sections include applied problems to continually reinforce problem solving abilities.

Graphing and Scientific Calculator Problems

Optional calculator boxes are placed in the margin of the text to alert students to a scientific or graphing calculator application. In the exercise section, icons indicate problems that are designed for solving with a graphing or scientific calculator.

Reviewing Mathematical Concepts

At the end of each chapter we have included problems and tests to provide students with several different formats to help them review and reinforce the ideas that they have learned. This not only assists them with the chapter, it reviews previously covered topics as well.

Chapter Organizers

The concepts and mathematical procedures covered in each chapter are reviewed at the end of the chapter in a unique chapter organizer. This device has been extremely popular with faculty and students alike. It not only lists concepts and methods, but provides a completely worked-out example for each type of problem. Students find that preparing a similar chapter organizer on their own in higher-level math courses becomes an invaluable way to master the content of a chapter.

Verbal and Writing Skills

These exercises provide students with the opportunity to extend a mathematical concept by allowing them to use their own words, to clarify their thinking, and to become familiar with mathematical terms.

Chapter Review Problems

These problems are grouped by section as a quick refresher at the end of the chapter. These problems can also be used by the student as a quiz of the chapter material.


Found at the end of the chapter, the chapter test is a representative review of the material from that particular chapter that simulates an actual testing format. This provides the students with a gauge to their preparedness for the actual examination.

Cumulative Tests

At the end of each chapter is a cumulative test. One-half of the content of each cumulative test is based on the math skills learned in previous chapters. By completing these tests for each chapter, the students build confidence that they have mastered not only the contents of the present chapter but the contents of the previous chapters as well.

Supplements Resource Package

Beginning and Intermediate Algebra is supported by a wealth of supplements designed for added effectiveness and efficiency. Highlights include the MathPro 4.0 Explorer tutorial software together with a unique video clip feature, MathPro 5—the online version of the popular tutorial program—providing online access anytime/anywhere and enhanced course management; a computerized testing system—TestGen-EQ with QuizMaster-EQ; lecture videos; lecture videos digitized on CD-ROM; Prentice Hall Tutoring Center; and options for online and distance learning courses. Please see the list of supplements and descriptions.

Options for Online and Distance Learning

For maximum convenience, Prentice Hall offers online interactivity and delivery options for a variety of distance learning needs. Instructors may access or adopt these in conjunction with this text, Beginning and Intermediate Algebra.

Companion Web Site


The companion Web site includes basic distance learning access to provide links to the text's Internet Connections activities. The Web site features annotated links to facilitate student navigation of the sites associated with the exercises. Links to additional sites are also included.

This text-specific site offers students an online study guide via online self-quizzes. Questions are graded and students can e-mail their results. Syllabus Manager gives professors the option of creating their own online custom syllabus. Visit the Web site to learn more.



WebCT includes distance learning access to content found in the Tobey/Slater companion Web site plus more. WebCT provides tools to create, manage, and use online course materials. Save time and take advantage of items such as online help, communication tools, and access to instructor and student manuals. Your college may already have WebCT software installed on its server or you may choose to download it. Contact your local Prentice Hall sales representative for details.



For distance learning access to content and features from the Tobey/Slater companion Web site plus more. BlackBoard provides simple templates and tools to create, manage, and use online course materials. Take advantage of items such as online help, course management tools, communication tools, and access to instructor and student manuals. Contact your local Prentice Hall sales representative for details.

CourseCompass™ powered by BlackBoard


For distance learning access to content and features from the Tobey/Slater companion Web site plus more. Prentice Hall content is preloaded in a customized version of BlackBoard 5. CourseCompass™ provides all of BlackBoard 5's powerful course management tools to create, manage, and use online course materials. Contact your local Prentice Hall sales representative for details.

Supplements for the Instructor Printed Resources
    Annotated Instructor's Edition (ISBN: 0-13-090940-8)
  • Complete student text.
  • Answers appear in place on the same text page as exercises.
  • Teaching Tips placed in the margin at key points where students historically need extra help.
  • Answers to all exercises in pretests, review problems, tests, cumulative tests, diagnostic pretest, and practice final.
    Instructor's Solutions Manual (ISBN: 0-13-092413-X)
  • Detailed step-by-step solutions to the even-numbered exercises.
  • Solutions to every exercise (odd and even) in the diagnostic pretest, pretests, review problems, tests, cumulative tests, and practice final.
  • Solution methods reflect those emphasized in the text.
    Instructor's Resource Manual with Tests (ISBN: 0-13-092415-6)
  • Nine test forms per chapter—6 free response, 3 multiple choice. Two of the free response tests are cumulative in nature.
  • Four forms of final examination.
  • Answers to all items.
Media Resources
    TestGen-EQ with QuizMaster-EQ (Windows/Macintosh)
    (ISBN: 0-13-092514-4)

  • Algorithmically driven, text-specific testing program.
  • Networkable for administering tests and capturing grades online.
  • The built-in Question Editor allows you to edit or add your own questions to create a nearly unlimited number of tests and worksheets.
  • Use the Function Plotter to create graphs.
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