Prealgebra: Mathematics for a Variable World w/ MathZone Student Access Code

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Bach/Leitner's progressive text lays a solid foundation for elementary algebra that carefully addresses student needs. The authors' clear, non-intimidating, and humorous style reassures math-anxious readers. Unlike workbook-format Prealgebra texts that stress competence at procedures, this text emphasizes understanding and mastery through careful step-by-step explanations that strengthen students' long-term abilities to conceptualize and solve problems. The text's innovative sequencing builds students' confidence with arithmetic operations early on before extending the basic concepts to algebraic expressions and equations. The authors' unusually thorough introduction to variables eases students through the crucial transition from working with numbers. Throughout the text, interesting applied examples and exercises and math-appreciation features highlight key concepts at work in a wide variety of real-world contexts.

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Daniel Bach earned his B.A and M.A degrees in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in algebraic number theory. He is currently a popular math instructor at Diablo Valley College, having previously taught the subject at Mills College and UC-Berkeley. Dan was head tutor for the Minority Engineering Students Asociation and a Math Specialist at Black Pine Circle Day School, where he coauthored several California Junior High Math Competitions during the 1980s. Dan is the author and programmer of "Dan's Basic Math Clinic," an interactive multimedia courseware in arithmetic, prealgebra, and beginning algebra. In the 1990s, Dan was awarded an NSF developer's grant to write a series of notebooks Precalculus and Mathematica, for the Interactive Math Textbook Project. Since 1997, he has maintained an active website with free math lessons, a weekly contest, feature pages, and an international puzzle-problem community. He is an avid coffee drinker, runner, and bicyclist and enjoys creating 3D animations in his hard-to-find spare time.

Patricia Leitner received her B.A. in Applied Mathematics and her M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley and at City College in San Francisco and currently teaches at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. Patricia has focused her career on making Mathematics understandable and accessible to every student. Many have attributed their success in Math to her teaching style. She was awarded the Nikki Kose Memorial Teaching Prize by the UC-Berkeley, and she has also served on the Mathematical Association of America's National Committee on Two-Year Colleges. Patricia helped design and implement a state-of-the-art computer lab at Diablo Valley College and has written a series of Computer Calculus Tutorials. She has also been a principal developer of the college's self-paced Algebra program and recently created a video series aimed at helping learning-disabled students grasp the concepts of algebra. Patricia has traveled extensively, particularly in France, where she has fun subjecting the locals to her suboptimal French. Most recently, she has begun a second career writing fiction. Patricia currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she enjoys long walks, fitness swimming, and relaxing in cafes with a good book.

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