Like many instructors today, Bob Prior's teaching has evolved in recent years to address the changing world of developmental math: the class format, the classroom itself, the teachers, and most importantly, the students. Bob teaches in a variety of formats (online, face-to-face, hybrid). He sees some students in class regularly and in office hours, while he knows other students only by name and email address.
Basic Mathematics is based on Bob Prior's own varied teaching experiences and is designed to serve the needs of today's developmental math student and classroom. Bob knows that because today's students don't always have a lot of face time with their instructors, a usable, thorough, easy-to-follow text is key to their success. He draws students into the book by incorporating practice opportunities throughout the body of text. Thorough explanations and examples explain the "why" behind the mathematics and patiently develop each concept.
Basic Mathematics is presented in a user-friendly, spiral-bound format, and is available with a Student Resources DVD-ROM set that includes video lectures for each section of the text, all chapter test solutions on video, and the Student's Solutions Manual. This new streamlined format conserves natural resources, while also providing convenience and savings for students.
Bob Prior is an Associate Professor of at Riverside Community College's Norco Campus in southern California. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of California at San Diego and his Masters degree from California State University at Fullerton. Along with his teaching at the community college level, he has presented intensive summer institutes to high school algebra teachers and to upper elementary school educators. He has also presented at AMATYC, ICTCM, and at CMC3 (California), both North and South. Bob has authored developmental math texts for use in three online classes for Riverside Community College (CA): Basic Math, Prealgebra, and Elementary Algebra. He is restructuring each of those texts, along with Intermediate Algebra, for Pearson. He lives with his wife Laura in Norco, California.
Preface Chapter 1. Whole Numbers and Number Sense 1.1 Whole Numbers 1.2 Definitions and Properties 1.3 Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers 1.4 Multiplying Whole Numbers 1.5 Dividing Whole Numbers 1.6 Equations 1.7 Solving Applications Using Equations Chapter 1 Review Chapter 1 Review Exercises Chapter 1 Test Chapter 2. Factors and the Order of Operations 2.1 Exponents and Square Roots 2.2 The Order of Operations 2.3 Formulas 2.4 Factors 2.5 Prime Factorization 2.6 Common Factors Chapter 2 Review Chapter 2 Review Exercises Chapter 2 Test Chapters 1-2 Cumulative Review Chapter 3. Fractions: Multiplication and Division 3.1 Introduction to Fractions 3.2 Simplifying Fractions 3.3 Multiplying Fractions 3.4 Dividing Fractions 3.5 Equations and Applications with Fractions Chapter 3 Review Chapter 3 Review Exercises Chapter 3 Test Chapter 4. Fractions: Addition and Subtraction 4.1 Common Multiples 4.2 Building Up Fractions 4.3 Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions 4.4 Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions 4.5 Adding Mixed Numbers 4.6 Subtracting Mixed Numbers Chapter 4 Review Chapter 4 Review Exercises Chapter 4 Test Chapters1-4 Cumulative Review Chapter 5. Decimals 5.1 An Introduction to Decimals 5.2 Rounding Decimals 5.3 Adding and Subtracting Decimals 5.4 Multiplying Decimals 5.5 Dividing with Decimals 5.6 Applications Involving Decimals Chapter 5 Review Chapter 5 Review Exercises Chapter 5 Test Chapter 6. Ratios, Proportions, and Percents 6.1 Ratios 6.2 Rates 6.3 Proportions 6.4 Percents 6.5 Solving the Percent Equation 6.6 Solving Percent Problems Using Proportions 6.7 Applications Involving Percents Chapter 6 Review Chapter 6 Review Exercises Chapter 6 Test Chapters 1-6 Cumulative Review Chapter 7. Measurement and Geometry 7.1 U.S. Measures 7.2 Metric Measures 7.3 Converting U.S. and Metric Measures 7.4 Lines and Angles 7.5 Geometric Shapes 7.6 Perimeter 7.7 Area 7.8 Volume Chapter 7 Review Chapter 7 Review Exercises Chapter 7 Test Chapter 8. Statistics and Probability 8.1 Bar Graphs and Circle Graphs 8.2 Histograms 8.3 Mean, Median, and Mode 8.4 Probability Chapter 8 Review Chapter 8 Review Exercises Chapter 8 Test Chapters 1-8 Cumulative Reivew Chapter 9. Integers and Algebraic Expressions 9.1 Introduction to Algebra 9.2 Adding Signed Numbers 9.3 Subtracting Signed Numbers 9.4 Signed Fractions and Decimals 9.5 Multiplying and Dividing Signed Numbers 9.6 The Order of Operations for Signed Numbers 9.7 Algebraic Expressions: Combining Like Terms 9.8 Multiplying Algebraic Expressions Chapter 9 Review Chapter 9 Review Exercises Chapter 9 Test Chapter 10. Equations 10.1 Solving Equations Involving One Operation 10.2 Solving Equations Involving Two Operations 10.3 Problem Solving 10.4 Solving Applications Chapter 10 Review Chapter 10 Review Exercises Chapter 10 Test Chapters 1-10 Cumulative Review Answers Glossary Photograph Credits Index of Applications Index