Features and Benefits

About the Book

  • Activity-based learning allows students to take an active role in their learning. By giving students the math they encountered in high school or in previous courses, but in a new and meaningful context, this text encourages student engagement and allows for a higher level of conceptual learning, while providing a solid foundation of mathematical skills.
    • Each chapter contains thematic clusters, which in turn contain activities that cover specific concepts and skills. The variety of activities within each cluster allows instructors to customize the text to fit the needs and interests of their students.
    • Revised - All data-based activities and exercises have been updated to reflect the most recent information and/or replaced with more relevant topics. New real-world exercises have been added throughout.
    • Revised - More robust, up-to-date situations replace the introductory scenarios in several activities.
    • New - To help instructors more easily prep for their course, all Activity headers now include the mathematical topic that will be learned in that section.
    • In addition to regular activities, occasional Project Activities ask students to take a deeper dive into a topic for more exploration.
  • Revised - Carefully reviewed and revised exposition and topic treatment, where necessary, provides students with a clearer and easier-to-understand presentation.
  • Summary Boxes of the main concepts appear at the end of each activity to help students recognize and connect critical topics and concepts.
  • Review exercisesoffer ample opportunity for students to tie the concepts together and apply what they have learned.
    • Skills Check exercises occur periodically throughout the text to provide ample practice with basic skills.
    • What Have I Learned? problems at the end of each cluster require students to pull together the topics they’ve learned and reflect on recently presented concepts. This feature also prepares students for upcoming material by helping them develop a strong foundation.
    • How Can I Practice? exercises at the end of each cluster are an important self-assessment tool. They show students how to apply recently covered concepts and give students a chance to practice key skills, bridging the gap between abstraction, skills, and application.
    • Gateway Review exercises conclude each chapter. These exercises help students assess their understanding of the chapter concepts and then synthesize those concepts with material from previous chapters.

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  • Flexible course management - Your course is unique. Whether you’d like to build your own assignments, structure students’ work with a learning path, or set prerequisites, you have the flexibility to easily create your course to fit your
  • Preparedness- New Integrated Review in MyMathLab for School provides students with remediation on prerequisite topics - great for students who are underprepared, or for a corequisite course.
    • Integrated Review in the MyMathLab for School provides embedded and personalized review of prerequisite topics within relevant chapters.
    • Premade assignments - including Skills Check quizzes and personalized homework reviews - can be assigned for Integrated Review content in the Assignment Manager.
    • Students can remediate with videos and Integrated Review worksheets, which are available on the Integrated Review landing pages and also as learning aids within the Integrated Review homework assignments.

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  • Personalized learning - Each student learns at a different pace. Personalized learning gives every student the support they need – when and where they need it – to be successful.
    • A variety of options to personalize learning in MyMathLab for School can be enabled, including personalized homework, which allows students to effectively test out homework.
    • New - Skill Builder offers in-assignment adaptive practice that is designed to increase students’ ability to complete their assignment. By monitoring student performance on their homework, Skill Builder adapts to each student’s needs and provides just-in-time practice to help them improve their proficiency of key learning objectives.

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  • Resources built around the Consortium approach - MyMathLab for School resources maintain the voice of the author throughout to give students a consistent experience. Author-specific resources in the MyMathLab for School include the exercise sets, videos and PowerPoints, and Learning Catalytics questions.
    • New - A new video program built around the Consortium approach includes activity-level videos and shorter example-level videos, giving students access to help no matter where they are.
    • New - Learning Catalytics questions for nearly every activity gives instructors an opportunity to quickly assess the class’s progress on a given concept, and gives students an opportunity to use technology as an interactive learning tool. Learning Catalytics is an interactive student response tool that uses students’ own devices to actively engage them, and is available for all students through MyMathLab for School.
      • Learning Catalytics annotations for instructors in the text allow instructors to begin using this technology using premade questions with little start-up needed.
    • New - PowerPoint slides for each Activity support instructors looking to implement the contextual approach in class, or can be used by students as a reference or learning tool. Accessible versions of PowerPoints are also available.
  • Conceptual understanding - MyMathLab for School ensures that students don’t only understand procedures, but the underlying concepts behind them.
    • Revised - Enhanced exercise coverage ensures better conceptual flow, encourages conceptual thinking about math topics, and balances out the coverage of skills related questions.