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Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana, California

MaryAnne Anthony-Smith, Santa Ana, California

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781938168994

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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


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 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 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


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

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.

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Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana College

MaryAnne Anthony-Smith, Santa Ana College