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Multiple Authors, Openstax College

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381689-9-4

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by John Czaplewski, Assistant Professor, Winona State University, on 8/22/2016.

This text details all of the selected topics well. The index is as to be expected. There is not a glossary, per se, but there is a list of key … read more



Reviewed by Jessie Antonellis-John, Part-Time Math Instructor, Southwestern Oregon Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This textbook is a very comprehensive pre-algebra text. It contains all the topics typically covered in pre-algebra - from basic arithmetic to … read more



Reviewed by Julie Pfaff, Instructor, Lane Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This text covers a range of topics typical of a prealgebra-level text, focusing primarily on arithmetic skills, equations, and graphing. I found the … read more



Reviewed by Brenda Bradley, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

While this Prealgebra text does cover most of the traditional topics, (Whole Numbers, Integers, Rational numbers, Decimals, Percents, Solving Linear … read more



Reviewed by Kevin Brewer, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College, on 2/9/2017.

Chapters 1 through 8 make a great textbook. They cover all the elements I am looking for in prealgebra. Chapters 9-11 are like bonus chapters for me. … read more



Reviewed by Griffin Colegrove, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

Prealgebra is comprehensive and includes a table of contents, tables and formulas, and an index. Does not include a glossary but has vocabulary … read more



Reviewed by Moreland Smith, Adjunct Professor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

This text is very comprehensive on typical Math 20 topics(through 8th grade math). Also, is a very good introduction and more on Algebra concepts. … read more


Table of Contents

Whole Numbers
The Language of Algebra
The Properties of Real Numbers
Solving Linear Equations
Math Models and Geometry
Cumulative Review
Self Assessments
Powers and Roots Tables
Geometric Formulas

About the Book

Prealgebra is a textbook for a one-semester course that serves as a bridge between arithmetic and algebra. It can be used in courses named “Basic Mathematics,” “Introductory Algebra,” “Fundamentals of Algebra,” and so on. The organization makes it easy to adapt the book to suit a variety of course syllabi.

The philosophy of this book is to strengthen students’ arithmetic skills and introduce the fundamental concepts and vocabulary of algebra in a nurturing, non-threatening environment while addressing the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles. Prealgebra addresses a variety of unique challenges by guiding math students as they learn study skills and time management, while helping them overcome math anxiety. All procedures and strategies as results of complete explanations and examples. Each topic builds upon previously developed material to demonstrate the cohesiveness and structure of mathematics. Deliberate attention is paid to ensure all students are fully prepared to progress toward higher mathematics. The result is a supportive, memorable learning experience that students can carry with them as a foundation for further learning and careers.

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

About the Contributors


Lead Authors, Senior Content Experts
Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana College
MaryAnne Anthony-Smith, Santa Ana College