Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana College
MaryAnne Anthony-Smith, Santa Ana College
Copyright Year: 2017
ISBN 13: 9780998625713
Conditions of Use
The texts includes most content covered in an Elementary Algebra course. Each section includes: learning objectives, a readiness quiz, examples, try it now problems, and section exercises. The chapter introduction pages includes real world... read more
The texts includes most content covered in an Elementary Algebra course. Each section includes: learning objectives, a readiness quiz, examples, try it now problems, and section exercises. The chapter introduction pages includes real world examples of the chapter’s content. As a student I would find the Key Concepts page of the Chapter Review to be very helpful. The text also includes an answer key and an index.
I did not see any inaccurate content in the pages I reviewed.
Content is current. Most of the real world examples and exercises in the text are generally stated and will not require frequent updating.
Mathematical terms are defined in the text and language is used consistently. The index and the key terms at the end of each chapter are also helpful to quickly locate mathematical definitions.
The layout of the text is consistent. Each chapter includes an introduction, 5-9 sections of content, a chapter review of key terms and concepts, review exercises, and a practice test. Content within each section is consistently organized with: learning objectives, readiness quiz questions, definitions, examples, try it now exercises, media resources, and section exercises.
Chapters are broken down into sections which is helpful when chunking the content for in-person or online delivery.
The order of the content within the chapters and sections is appropriate. Table of contents has an expected nesting of topics which clearly displays how the content with the textbook is organized.
The text is easy to navigate using the table of contents. All text (including math type) that I reviewed in this textbook was searchable and selectable and all links appear to be descriptive of their destination and functioned as expected. As a student, I would enjoy seeing more interactives in the text.
I did not find any grammatical error in the content I reviewed.
Of the content I reviewed, the materials did not include any offensive language or images. Additionally, several of the word problems include ethnic names.
Quality textbook. Definitely would consider adopting this text.
I reviewed what was said to be "a newer version". The book covers the topics one would want in Community College Elementary Algebra course. read more
I reviewed what was said to be "a newer version". The book covers the topics one would want in Community College Elementary Algebra course.
I could not find any errors.
Content is up to date. A few word problems will likely need to be updated to keep up with current prices, trends, etc.
Definitions are clear, and lots of examples are provided. Some of the vocabulary may be unfamiliar to my English Language Learning students.
The layout is consistent with each chapter organized in similar fashion.
The up-front learning objectives and consistency in design make it possible to pull out components for, say, a co-requisite course to a college level course.
Topics flow logically.
There aren't any significant issues, but it may be helpful to block off each new section with some color or a picture, so that it breaks things up a bit and gives the viewer a visual rest.
The text is well-written and free of grammatical errors.
While I did not see anything insensitive or offensive, my goal is to help students see themselves in the curriculum and/or to see themselves doing mathematics. There are a variety of ethnic names used in the word problems in this text, but I think there could be more. I would like to see pictures of people of color doing mathematics, or working in fields in which mathematics is used. I also noticed a married couple were assumed to be husband and wife.
I like this book very much - well written and thoughtfully organized. I like the suggestions on mindset in the Math Models section, and that more than one method of factoring trinomials was presented. I also appreciate the plethora of examples and practice problems.
Appears to completely cover the subject of elementary algebra. read more
Appears to completely cover the subject of elementary algebra.
That which I reviewed was error-free.
I do not believe this text would become obsolete in a short period of time.
The text is understandable and clear.
Text appears to be consistent.
Could easily be reorganized.
The topics are presented logically.
I did not discover any data, text or charts/diagrams that would distract or confuse the reader.
I did not come across any grammatical errors. However, a grammar/spell-check program could be used if so desired.
I did not find this text to be culturally insensitive.
Section 1.10 could be optional or in an Appendix.
Chap 3 Solving word problems can be difficult for students. Could be presented later in the text.
Chap 4 graphs - students can sometimes get bogged down with graphs. May not want to cover all sections.
Good idea to have an entire chap on roots/radicals. Many texts just include as part of another chapter.
Many good examples are given right in the body of the text, which is a good thing for the student.
This book covers all conventional topics in elementary (algebra 1) algebra read more
This book covers all conventional topics in elementary (algebra 1) algebra
No errors noted
This book is not topical - it should not need to be rewritten any time soon
Clear explanations and definitions with examples
The book overall is consistent
Modularity is difficult for a math book. Certain sections assume familiarity with earlier concepts. A list of prerequisite skills for each section would be helpful
Order of presentation of topics is logical. It flows
This is my biggest area of concern. This book is somewhat intimidating because of the way it is blocked out. Each chapter should start with a "cover page" that clearly marks the beginning of a new topic, maybe with much larger than usual type face. It's difficult to get a gist of the book and find topics quickly unless you use the table of contents. This gives the impression of a indigestible whole rather than easily digested chunks
No grammatical errors noted
This book sometimes uses ethnic names in word problems to be more inclusive
Index is rudimentary.
Lots of space between steps of a problem, which is good - jam-packed text is avoided.
All steps of a problem are shown for complete understanding
Lots of practice problems
Color should be used more often and more effectively throughout to emphasize important points and make the book more inviting - see Lippmann's "Arithmetic for College Students" for excellent example of how color can be used effectively to engage student interest
Key concepts should be highlighted with boxes and boldface type
Each page should include the section title and number, not the chapter title and number at the top of the page for easy reference
This text contains glossaries a the ends of chapters. It would be nice to have a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book. The index has hyperlinks back to the parts of the book that discuss the topic. It would be nice to have hyperlinks from... read more
This text contains glossaries a the ends of chapters. It would be nice to have a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book. The index has hyperlinks back to the parts of the book that discuss the topic. It would be nice to have hyperlinks from where the term is first used to the glossary. Not all terms are defined when they are used.
All content seems to be accurate
Seems to be relevant and possible to be expanded as needed although elementary algebra is not likely to change.
Lots of exercises (with answers at the back or in context) give the text clarity
Each chapter seems to be organized identically to other chapters. One exception was the self-check that I did not see at the end of all chapter
All the chapters are divided into sections and all the subsections have learning objectives. I wish the learning objectives were hyper- links into the text.
It looks like the authors put lots of thought into making this textbook flow appropriately
Although the interface is fairly nice there could be more helpful hyperlinks as mentioned previously. I like the hyperlinks in the index. I like that all the exercise and sample tests have answers at the back of the book. Some hyperlinks in the text were not active, I like that every concept was followed by exercises that used that concept. I wish term were hyperlinked to the glossaries and I wish there was a comprehensive glossary. so much can be done in a binary text. Much was accomplished by hyperlinks in this text but more could be accomplished
I saw no errors in grammar or spelling
This is tricky. There are two places where culture is obvious, pictures at the beginning of chapters, and word problems. These could have more sensitive to culture. However, this is a very small part of the entire text.
Generally impressive. This could almost be used to self teach a motivated student.
Table of Contents
- 1. Foundations
- 2. Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities
- 3. Math Models
- 4. Graphs
- 5. Systems of Linear Equations
- 6. Polynomials
- 7. Factoring
- 8. Rational Expressions and Equations
- 9. Roots and Radicals
- 10. Quadratic Equations
About the Book
Elementary Algebra is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of a one-semester elementary algebra course. The book's organization makes it easy to adapt to a variety of course syllabi. The text expands on 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.
About the Contributors
Lynn Marecek has focused her career on meeting the needs of developmental math students. At Santa Ana College, she has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award, Innovation Award, and the Curriculum Development Award four times. She is a Coordinator of Freshman Experience Program, the Department Facilitator for Redesign, and a member of the Student Success and Equity Committee, and the Basic Skills Initiative Task Force. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and master’s degrees from Purdue University and National University.
MaryAnne Anthony-Smith was a mathematics professor at Santa Ana College for 39 years, until her retirement in June, 2015. She has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award, as well as the Professional Development, Curriculum Development, and Professional Achievement awards. MaryAnne has served as department chair, acting dean, chair of the professional development committee, institutional researcher, and faculty coordinator on several state and federallyfunded grants. She is the community college coordinator of California’s Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project, a member of AMATYC’s Placement and Assessment Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego and master’s degrees from San Diego State and Pepperdine Universities.