Beginning Algebra, 8th Edition © 2023

Beginning Algebra, published by Pearson, uses clear, accessible writing to connect with students who may not have previous algebra experience. With its up-to-date presentation, the curriculum can work for your next math course or non-mathematical courses requiring algebraic fundamentals.

  • Updated and enhanced design throughout
  • Increased emphasis on study skills
  • Digital support through MyMathLab® for School from Pearson
  • Popular and effective videos

Beginning Algebra Program with Digital Resources

Introduce algebra in a meaningful way with a curriculum that focuses on student success through developing thinking skills.


Teaching Mathematical Thinking

A study skills focus helps students make the most of study time, including Section 1.1 Tips for Success in Mathematics.

Relevant Content

Thoroughly examined and revised Exercise Sets feature updated real-life applications to help keep today’s students engaged throughout the course.


Structured to Enhance Learning

End-of-chapter material helps students reinforce concepts in the most teachable moment, when preparing for a test.


Student and Teacher Empowerment

MyMathLab for School allows teachers to manage their classes and students to deepen their understanding through a personalized experience.

Beginning Algebra Teaching Solutions

  • Hallmark Features
  • New and Updated Features
  • Concept Checks
    Concept Checks help students gauge their grasp of an idea as it is presented and help prevent misconceptions.
  • Exercise Sets
    Exercise Sets include Guided Applications, Mixed Practice, Concept Extension, and Vocabulary, Readiness, and Video Checks.
  • Expanded Appendix
    An expanded “Mean, Median, Mode, Range and Intro to Statistics” in Appendix D also covers frequency distribution tables and graphs and a formula for finding the position of the mean.
  • Key Concept Activity Workbook
    The Key Concept Activity Workbook contains updated Extension Exercises, Exploration Activities, Conceptual Exercises, and Group Activities. The workbook is available through MyMathLab for School.
  • Video Notebook
    The Video Notebook has been updated to reflect changes in the video lectures. This note-taking guide workbook provides students with the all-important skill of taking and keeping organized notes. It covers all video examples in order and gives prompts with ample space to note definitions and rules.

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More About Beginning Algebra

  • Elayn Martin-Gay Author Bio
    Elayn Martin-Gay has taught mathematics at the University of New Orleans for more than 25 years. Her numerous teaching awards include the local University Alumni Association's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Developmental Educator at University of New Orleans, presented by the Louisiana Association of Developmental Educators.

    Prior to writing textbooks, Elayn Martin-Gay developed an acclaimed series of lecture videos to support developmental mathematics students. These highly successful videos originally served as the foundation materials for her texts. Today, the videos are specific to each book in her series. She has also created Chapter Test Prep Videos to help students during their most "teachable moment" (as they prepare for a test) along with Instructor-to-Instructor Videos that provide teaching tips, hints, and suggestions for every developmental mathematics course including basic mathematics, prealgebra, beginning algebra, and intermediate algebra.

    Elayn is the author of 13 published textbooks and a new Interactive Assignment MyMathLab for School course, all specializing in developmental mathematics courses. She has also published series in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. She has participated as an author across a broad range of educational materials: textbooks, videos, tutorial software, and courseware. This provides an opportunity for various combinations for an integrated teaching and learning package offering great consistency for the student.
  • Table of Contents
    1. Review of Real Numbers

      • 1.1 Study Skill Tips for Success in Mathematics

      • 1.2 Symbols and Sets of Numbers

      • 1.3 Fractions and Mixed Numbers

      • 1.4 Exponents, Order of Operations, Variable Expressions, and Equations

      • 1.5 Adding Real Numbers

      • 1.6 Subtracting Real Numbers

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Operations on Real Numbers

      • 1.7 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers

      • 1.8 Properties of Real Numbers

    2. Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving

      • 2.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

      • 2.2 The Addition Property of Equality

      • 2.3 The Multiplication Property of Equality

      • 2.4 Solving Linear Equations

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Solving Linear Equations

      • 2.5 An Introduction to Problem Solving

      • 2.6 Formulas and Problem Solving

      • 2.7 Percent and Mixture Problem Solving

      • 2.8 Further Problem Solving

      • 2.9 Solving Linear Inequalities

    3. Graphing

      • 3.1 Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System

      • 3.2 Graphing Linear Equations

      • 3.3 Intercepts

      • 3.4 Slope and Rate of Change

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Summary on Slope and Graphing Linear Equations

      • 3.5 Equations of Lines

      • 3.6 Functions

    4. Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

      • 4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing

      • 4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution

      • 4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Addition

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Solving Systems of Equations

      • 4.4 Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving

      • 4.5 Graphing Linear Inequalities

      • 4.6 Systems of Linear Inequalities

    5. Exponents and Polynomials

      • 5.1 Exponents

      • 5.2 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

      • 5.3 Multiplying Polynomials

      • 5.4 Special Products

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Exponents and Operations on Polynomials

      • 5.5 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation

      • 5.6 Dividing Polynomials

    6. Factoring Polynomials

      • 6.1 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping

      • 6.2 Factoring Trinomials of the Form x2 + bx + c

      • 6.3 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c and Perfect Square Trinomials

      • 6.4 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c by Grouping

      • 6.5 Factoring Binomials

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Choosing a Factoring Strategy

      • 6.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring

      • 6.7 Quadratic Equations and Problem Solving

    7. Rational Expressions

      • 7.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions

      • 7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

      • 7.3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with Common Denominators and Least Common Denominator

      • 7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with Unlike Denominators

      • 7.5 Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Summary on Rational Expressions

      • 7.6 Proportion and Problem Solving with Rational Equations

      • 7.7 Variation and Problem Solving

      • 7.8 Simplifying Complex Fractions

    8. Roots and Radicals

      • 8.1 Introduction to Radicals

      • 8.2 Simplifying Radicals

      • 8.3 Adding and Subtracting Radicals

      • 8.4 Multiplying and Dividing Radicals

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Simplifying Radicals

      • 8.5 Solving Equations Containing Radicals

      • 8.6 Radical Equations and Problem Solving

      • 8.7 Rational Exponents

    9. Quadratic Equations

      • 9.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property

      • 9.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square

      • 9.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula

      • Mid-Chapter Review: Summary on Solving Quadratic Equations

      • 9.4 Complex Solutions of Quadratic Equations

      • 9.5 Graphing Quadratic Equations


    A. Geometry

    B. Additional Exercises on Proportion and Proportion Applications

    C. Operations on Decimals

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