Built by teachers, just like you, Miller/O'Neill continues to offer an enlightened approach grounded in the fundamentals of classroom experience in Beginning and Intermediate 2e. The practice of many instructors in the classroom is to present examples and have their students solve similar problems. This is realized through the Skill Practice Exercises that directly follow the examples in the textbook. Throughout the text, the authors have integrated many Study Tips and Avoiding Mistakes hints, which are reflective of the comments and instruction presented to students in the classroom. In this way, the text communicates to students, the very points their instructors are likely to make during lecture, helping to reinforce the concepts and provide instruction that leads students to mastery and success. The authors included in this edition, Problem-Recognition exercises, that many instructors will likely identify to be similar to worksheets they have personally developed for distribution to students. The intent of the Problem-Recognition exercises, is to help students overcome what is sometimes a natural inclination toward applying problem-sovling algorithms that may not always be appropriate. In addition, the exercise sets have been revised to include even more core exercises than were present in the first edition. This permits instructors to choose from a wealth of problems, allowing ample opportunity for students to practice what they learn in lecture to hone their skills and develop the knowledge they need to make a successful transition into College Algebra. In this way, the book perfectly complements any learning platform, whether traditional lecture or distance-learning; its instruction is so reflective of what comes from lecture, that students will feel as comfortable outside of class, as they do inside class with their instructor. For even more support, students have access to a wealth of supplements, including McGraw-Hill’s online homework management system, MathZone.
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Julie Miller has been on the faculty of the Mathematics Department at Daytona Beach Community College for 16 years, where she has taught developmental and upper-level courses. Prior to her work at DBCC, she worked as a Software Engineer for General Electric in the area of Flight and Radar simulation. Julie earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Florida. In addition to this textbook, she has authored several course supplements for College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus, as well as several short works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers.
Molly O'Neill is also from Daytona Beach Community College, where she has taught for 18 years in the Mathematics Department. She has taught a variety of courses from Developmental Mathamatics to Calculus. Before she came to Florida, Molly taught as an adjunct instructor at teh University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, and Oakland Community College. Molly earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Arts and Teaching from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Besides this textbook, she has authored several course supplements for College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus and has reviewed texts for Developmental Mathematics.
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