Features and Benefits


Thinking Mathematically
High School Math Curriculum

Motivate students to enjoy math. Bob Blitzer’s distinctive and relatable voice engages students in the world of math through compelling, real-world applications. 

In the Book:

  • NEW AND UPDATED! Revised applications and real-world data can be seen in over 100 new examples and exercises based on new data sets, and 104 examples and exercises based on updated data. New applications include student-loan debt, movie rental options, measuring racial prejudice, and many more.
  • Chapter openers and section openers present compelling applications, helping students to realize that mathematics is everywhere. Each vignette poses a question and explores how the section’s subject can be applied to answer the question. These scenarios are then revisited in the chapter or section.
  • Great Question! margin notestake study tips and present them in the context of student questions.
    • These draw students' attention and curiosity more than a regular study tip and help students feel more comfortable with asking their questions in class.
    • This feature is extended to the learning objectives at the beginning of each section, which are also now framed in the context of a student question: What am I supposed to learn?
  • UPDATED! Revised Tax Tables in section 8.2 (Income Tax): Contains the most current federal marginal tax tables and FICA tax rates available.

 In the MyMathLab® for School:

  • NEW! New animations let students interact with the math in a visual, tangible way. These animations allow students to explore and manipulate the mathematical concepts, leading to more durable understanding.  Corresponding exercises in MyMathLab for School make these truly assignable.
  • MathTalk Videos are fun, application-based videos that connect the math in Blitzer to the real world. Presented by Andrew Vickers on location in New York and Boston, these instructional videos have a sense of humor while demonstrating how everyday life is full of math applications.
  • Applications questions correlate to Bob Blitzer’s trademark chapter- and section-opening applications, so instructors can be sure that students are using them to learn and think about math.
  • Student Success Module in MyMathLab for School offers a new, interactive module available in the left-hand navigation of MyMathLab for School and includes videos, activities, and post-tests, as well as Study Skills, including topics such as Time Management and Preparing for and Taking Exams.

Focus on student preparedness. Blitzer incorporates pedagogy and ample practice to support students entering the course at every level.

 In the Book:

  • Brief Reviews summarize math skills that students should have learned previously, but which many still need to review. These appear whenever a skill is first needed, eliminating the need to re-teach.
  • Worked-out, annotated examples are written clearly and provide step-by-step solutions to help students work through “sticking points” that can cause frustration. Conversational annotations help students understand the solutions by providing the reasoning behind the mathematics.
  • Voice balloons translate mathematical language into plain English, clarifying problem-solving procedures, presenting alternative ways of understanding, and connecting complex problems to the basic concepts students have already learned.
  • The Learning Guide workbookis published in an unbound, binder-ready format. It serves as the foundation for a course notebook, and can be packaged with the textbook and/or a MyMathLab for School access code.
    • Organized by the text’s learning objectives, the Learning Guide provides a note-taking section along with side-by-side worked out examples with related practice problems, as well as Check Point video reviews: offering ample opportunity to reinforce skills and concepts. The Learning Guide also contains the Integrated Review worksheets for those using the Integrated Review version of the Blitzer MyMathLab for School.

 In the MyMathLab for School:

  • NEW! A completely new video program now provides instructional videos at the objective-level, giving students comprehensive coverage of every objective in short, easy-to-digest clips.
  • NEW! Interactive Concept Videos are available in MyMathLab for School. After a brief explanation, the video pauses to ask students to try a problem on their own.  Incorrect answers are followed by further explanation, taking into consideration what may have led to the student selecting that particular wrong answer.  Incorrect answer ‘A’ goes down one path while incorrect answer ‘B’ provides a different explanation based on why the student may have selected that option.
  • Getting Ready exercises are now available in the Standard and Ready to Go MyMathLab for School These prerequisite skills questions enable students to refresh forgotten concepts.
  • Chapter Test Prep Videos show students how to work out solutions to the Chapter Tests in the book, and are available in MyMathLab for School and on YouTube™.
  • Check Points follow each worked example with a similar problem so students have an opportunity to immediately test comprehension through additional practice. The answers to the Check Points are provided in the answer section. Videos walking through the Check Point problems are available in MyMathLab for School.
  • Concept and Vocabulary Checks are short-answer exercises, mainly fill-in-the-blank and true/false problems, that assess students' understanding of each section.
  • “Make Sense?” classroom discussion exercises contain four critical-thinking exercises that foster participation in the learning process.
  • Chapter Summaries, Chapter Review Exercises and Chapter Tests help pull ideas and concepts together from each chapter, helping students assess their understanding.