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Prealgebra - 2e

(18 reviews)

Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana, California

MaryAnne Anthony-Smith, Santa Ana, California

Copyright Year: 2015

Last Update: 2020

ISBN 13: 9781938168994

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Michelle Metzger, Assistant Professor of Math and STEM Education, Buena Vista University on 12/24/21

This textbook includes all the necessary topics for a course at this level. The key terms and key concepts sections at the end of each chapter are nice additions. There are good examples provided throughout as well as links to videos which help... read more

Reviewed by Ellyn Gillespie, Instructor, Midlands Technical College on 7/27/21

This textbook covers all the necessary topics to prepare a student for Algebra. I liked the layout of the chapters and would use it in the order it is presented. The homework sections were adequate and I liked the progression from easier to... read more

Reviewed by Kate Kenyon, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 6/14/21

I believe this textbook covers all the essential topics so that students are prepared for Algebra. There are excellent explanations to solve problems and different approaches to problems demonstrated. Key concepts are fine but would be easier to... read more

Reviewed by Molly Beick, part-time instructor, Lane Community College on 1/11/21

The book starts with very basic instruction on the four arithmetic operations on whole numbers and progresses to working with integers, fractions, and decimal numbers. Everyday math applications are shown throughout the book for every newly... read more

Reviewed by Eileen Perez, Associate Professor, Worcester State University on 6/20/20

The chapter layout and progression through the chapters is well done and comprehensive. Each chapter begins with a clear topic outline. Each topic includes learning objectives, an introduction and often a manipulative math activity to develop a... read more

Reviewed by Sasha Verkhovtseva, Professor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College on 6/3/19

The textbook is very comprehensive, and covers all traditional topics in a prealgebra course. It also includes a few extra topics, like polynomials, and graphs of equations, to give students an introduction to basic algebra concepts. There is a... read more

Reviewed by Bill Diss, Math Instructor, Portland Community College on 8/2/18

The book is certainly comprehensive. The table of contents is fine, there is no index or glossary. read more

Reviewed by Anna Dubon, Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics, Piedmont Virginia Community College on 3/27/18

- This textbook covers all necessary topics to insure a solid transition into Algebra. The authors give good explanations of multiple, mathematically sound ways to approach problems. - The “Key Concepts” are very good. A better placement of... read more

Reviewed by Sandra Sze, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College on 2/1/18

The book covers topics. The contents of the book fits into a prealgebra curriculum. read more

Reviewed by Virginia Petitt, Math Instructor, Rogue Community College on 8/15/17

The book includes all topics commonly covered in Math 20 (Pre-Algebra) and also includes units on polynomials and graphing. The readiness quiz at the beginning and self-check at the end of each sub-section of each unit provide strong support for... read more

Reviewed by Donna Parrish, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College on 8/15/17

The book has 1146 Pages and covers most topics typically taught in a transition to algebra class. read more

Reviewed by Moreland Smith, Adjunct Professor, Rogue Community College on 4/11/17

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. Also includes some Algebra II concepts. Great integration of Geometry concepts. read more

Reviewed by Griffin Colegrove, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College on 4/11/17

Prealgebra is comprehensive and includes a table of contents, tables and formulas, and an index. Does not include a glossary but has vocabulary defined and referenced throughout the book. The scope of the units of the book is beyond the the text... read more

Reviewed by Kevin Brewer, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 2/8/17

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. They delve into concepts from the beginning of algebra and geometry classes. These are helpful... read more

Reviewed by John Czaplewski, Assistant Professor, Winona State University on 8/21/16

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 terms after each section. Additionally, there are numerous helpful appendices to asset comprehension. read more

Reviewed by Brenda Bradley, Instructor, Portland Community College on 8/21/16

While this Prealgebra text does cover most of the traditional topics, (Whole Numbers, Integers, Rational numbers, Decimals, Percents, Solving Linear Equations up to multi-step equations and graphs), it does so in a non-traditional order by... read more

Reviewed by Julie Pfaff, Instructor, Lane Community College on 8/21/16

This text covers a range of topics typical of a prealgebra-level text, focusing primarily on arithmetic skills, equations, and graphing. I found the content emphasis somewhat uneven. Most of the content in the first eight chapters focuses on... read more

Reviewed by Jessie Antonellis-John, Part-Time Math Instructor, Southwestern Oregon Community College on 8/21/16

This textbook is a very comprehensive pre-algebra text. It contains all the topics typically covered in pre-algebra - from basic arithmetic to decimals, fractions, and percents – as well as several chapters that go beyond the scope of the average... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1 Whole Numbers
  • 2 The Language of Algebra
  • 3 Integers
  • 4 Fractions
  • 5 Decimals
  • 6 Percents
  • 7 The Properties of Real Numbers
  • 8 Solving Linear Equations
  • 9 Math Models and Geometry
  • 10 Polynomials
  • 11 Graphs

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  • About the Book

    Prealgebra 2e is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for a one-semester prealgebra or basic math course. The book’s organization makes it easy to adapt to a variety of course syllabi. The text introduces the fundamental concepts of algebra while addressing the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles. Each topic builds upon previously developed material to demonstrate the cohesiveness and structure of mathematics.

    The second edition contains detailed updates and accuracy revisions to address comments and suggestions from users. Dozens of faculty experts worked through the text, exercises and problems, graphics, and and solutions to identify areas needing improvement. Though the authors made significant changes and enhancements, exercise and problem numbers remain nearly the same in order to ensure a smooth transition for faculty. 

    The first edition of Prealgebra by OpenStax is available in web view in the ancillaries.

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    Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana College

    MaryAnne Anthony-Smith, Santa Ana College

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