# Elementary Algebra

Wade Ellis, West Valley Community College

Denny Burzynski, College of Southern Nevada

Copyright Year: 2010

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Language: English

## Conditions of Use

Attribution

CC BY

## Reviews

All areas covered where first sectionof each chapter contains an appropriate index for each topic. read more

All areas covered where first sectionof each chapter contains an appropriate index for each topic.

Did not notice any errors

Not too many changes in mathematics. I feel that updates would be easy to implement.

Sections are too short . I would like to see more and varied examples. One example is when introducing combining like (similar) terms. I also like the use of the distributive property used to introduce the concept, ab+ac=a(b+c)

No surprises here, I thought each concept was covered.

Each section is small enough where talented teachers could expand upon each topic.

I would prefer to see a separate chapter on operations on polynomials preceding the chapter on factoring polynomials. Also the last chapter on simultanous equations I would like to see following the chapter on graphing equations in two unknowns.

Charts and graphs look good and the use use of an equation editor is well used.

I couldn't find any errors in grammer. Most of the sections just consisted on examples where each step was shown without errors as well.

Nothing offensive.

The text is free so we shouldn't expect glossy colorful pages. I would like to see each section consist of a variety of examples with more than one approach to solve a problem. Many students at this level should see a variety of word problems, applications, of each concept to prepare them for future couses in math. The format of exercises shouldn't consist of a long endless list where navigating to solutions takes so much time. Could there be a better way to handle this?

The text covers all the traditional poics of the Elementary Algebra course. read more

The text covers all the traditional poics of the Elementary Algebra course.

The text presents the material accurately.

The text is relevant and will not become obsolete any time soon.

The material is presented in a succint and clear way.

The text is consistent in terms of the manner of presentation and terminology.

The text can be easily divided into small sections and used throughout the course.

The text is organized and clear.

The text does not appear to have any interface problems.

I haven't been able to detect any grammatical errors.

The text does not appear culturally insensitive. It presents the material in a way that can be understood by students having various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The text can be used to review Elementary Algebra topics before taking Intermediate Algebra or as a text for an Elementary Algebra course.

The text covers all areas and ideas of a basic Algebra course. It has detailed example problems with solutions and step by step how to find the solution. read more

The text covers all areas and ideas of a basic Algebra course. It has detailed example problems with solutions and step by step how to find the solution.

The content seems to be unbiased and accurate.

This book has information which will not be obsolete. It teaches the basics on how to solve algebra problems which have been used for decades and will continue to be used for decades.

The book is written clearly in an easily understandable way.

The book's text is consistently written.

The text is easily reorganized and realigned. So you can conveniently assign different sections of the book in different order than the chronological order which the book is set up by the authors.

The topics of the text are presented in a logical fashion.

The interface is clear and lacks any distractions for the reader.

The text is written without grammatical errors.

The text is not culturally offensive in any way. It does not discuss races or ethnicities.

## Table of Contents

- 1 Arithmetic Review
- 2 Basic Properties of Real Numbers
- 3 Basic Operations with Real Numbers
- 4 Algebraic Expressions and Equations
- 5 Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities
- 6 Factoring Polynomials
- 7 Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities in One and Two Variables
- 8 Rational Expressions
- 9 Roots, Radicals, and Square Root Equations
- 10 Quadratic Equations
- 11 Systems of Linear Equations
- 12 Appendix

## About the Book

*Elementary Algebra* is a work text that covers the traditional topics studied in a modern elementary algebra course. Use of this book will help the student develop the insight and intuition necessary to master algebraic techniques and manipulative skills.Elementary Algebra is a work text that covers the traditional topics studied in a modern elementary algebra course. It is intended for students who (1) have no exposure to elementary algebra, (2) have previously had an unpleasant experience with elementary algebra, or (3) need to review algebraic concepts and techniques.

## About the Contributors

### Authors

**Wade Ellis, Jr.**, has been a mathematics instructor at West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California for 20 years. Wade is currently Second Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America. He is a past president of the California Mathematics Council, Community College and has served as a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. He is the coauthor of numerous books on the use of computers in teaching and learning mathematics. Among his many honors are the AMATYC Mathematics Excellence Award, the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal of the United States Army, the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education from the California Academic Senate, and the Distinguished Service Award from the California Mathematics Council, Community College.

**Denny Burzynski** is a mathematics professor at College of Southern Nevada located in Las Vegas, Nevada.