Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning 13 - 17 9780073406251
Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning

Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning

Grade Levels: 13 - 17
By Sherri Messersmith and Lawrence Perez and Robert Feldman
Copyright: 2014
Publication Date: January 23, 2013
MHID: 0073406252
ISBN 13: 9780073406251

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The P.O.W.E.R. Learning Framework P.O.W.E.R. is a method for accomplishing any task based on five basic steps. Prepare. Organize. Work. Evaluate. Rethink. It is integrated at the section level in the Messersmith paperback series to guide students through learning math concepts. The P.O.W.E.R. framework was developed by Dr. Robert Feldman and integrated into his first year experience/student success books, POWER Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life and POWER Learning and Your Life: Essentials of Student Success. The framework has also been integrated into Dr. Feldman’s Psychology and Your Life text and is the basis for the student success program at UMass at Amherst where he is Dean.

Connect Math hosted by ALEKS is the combination of an online homework manager with an artificial-intelligent, diagnostic assessment. Each homework problem is consistent with the problem included in the text and was hand-picked by instructors and subject matter experts. Instructors will have a platform that was designed through a comprehensive market development process involving full-time and adjunct math faculty to better meet their needs. -Instructors can deliver assignments, quizzes, and tests easily online -Students have 24/7 online access to an integrated, media-rich eBook -Online study assets are specifically tied to the textbook

Worksheets for EVERY Section of the Textbook Worksheets fall into three categories: review worksheets/basic skills, worksheets that teach new content, and worksheets to reinforce/pull together different concepts. These worksheets are a great way to both enhance instruction and to give students more tools to be successful in studying a given topic. They are ready-made materials for instructors! Perfect for adjuncts! Especially those who teach at more than one school and don’t have time to create tools for their classes. The worksheets help to standardize the level at which the course is taught. To help adjuncts keep pace with full-time instructors. *Available in Connect hosted by ALEKS and ALEKS.

Guided Student NotesThis is a silver bullet for the Messersmith series and the supplement has been enhanced and “powerized” for the softcover books. The GSNs are an amazing resource for instructors to help their students become better note-takers. They are a note-taking template containing in-class examples provided in the margin of the text along with additional examples not found in the book. Result #1? Students spend less time copying down information and more time engaging within the classroom. Result #2? Students notes are more organized and more easily accessible and understandable when studying for an exam or going back over homework.

Fun with technology! Students with iPads or other tablets can download the Guided Student Notes through the Evernote app and keep them organized digitally.

Available in Connect Math hosted by ALEKS and ALEKS. Check out the new Lecture Videos for even more Guided Student Notes resources.

Chapter-Opening Vignettes Each chapter opens with a real-world vignette to capture the student’s attention and engage them in the upcoming material. The openers all center around different careers where understanding math is an asset. The openers also introduce the Study Strategy for that chapter.

Study Strategy Continuing the integration of student success within the text, each chapter has a Study Strategy theme that is presented in the opening material. Themes are diverse and cover areas such as time management, strategies for taking a math test, vetting and using online resources, speaking in public and more.

Putting It All Together • Most chapters contain a Putting It All Together section. In keeping with the author’s philosophy of breaking sections into manageable chunks, Messersmith includes this section where applicable to help the student synthesize key topics before moving onto the rest of the chapter. Unlike the competition, this Putting It All Together section is not only an exercise set but also an explanation of how to distinguish between different types of problems, and therefore it tries to get students to think through solving problems as an instructor would. This is a good example of where Messersmith helps students learn how to have an internal conversation by teaching them to ask themselves the questions that instructors ask themselves.

Group Activities Group Activities are available for each chapter. These will be found either in the end of chapter material or online through Connect Math Hosted by ALEKS.

Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning

Prealgebra with P.O.W.E.R. Learning, First Edition

Chapter 1: Operations with Integers

Section 1.1 Place Value and Rounding

Section 1.2 Introduction to Integers

Section 1.3 Adding Integers

Section 1.4 Subtracting Integers

Section 1.5 Estimating a Sum or Difference

Section 1.6 Multiplying Integers and Estimation

Section 1.7 Dividing Integers and Estimation

Putting It All Together

Section 1.8 Exponents, Roots, and Order of Operations

Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 1 Review

Chapter 1 Test

Chapter 2: Variables and Solving Equations

Section 2.1 Introduction to Variables

Section 2.2 Simplifying Expressions

Section 2.3 Solving Equations Using the Addition Property of Equality

Section 2.4 Solving Equations Using the Division Property of Equality

Section 2.5 More on Solving Equations

Section 2.6 Applications Involving One Unknown

Section 2.7 Applications Involving Two Unknowns

Chapter Summary

Chapter 2 Review

Chapter 2 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-2

Chapter 3: Operations with Signed Fractions

Study Strategies: Time Management

Section 3.1 Introduction to Signed Fractions

Section 3.2 Writing Fractions in Lowest Terms

Section 3.3 Multiplying and Dividing Signed Fractions

Section 3.4 Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions and Finding a Least Common Denominator

Section 3.5 Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

Section 3.6 Operations with Mixed Numbers

Putting It All Together

Section 3.7 Order Relations and Order of Operations

Section 3.8 Solving Equations Containing Fractions

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Find Your Procrastination Quotient

Chapter Summary

Chapter 3 Review

Chapter 3 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-3

Chapter 4: Basic Geometry Concepts

Section 4.1 Introduction to Geometry

Section 4.2 Rectangles, Squares, Parallelograms, and Trapezoids

Section 4.3 Triangles

Section 4.4 Volume and Surface Area

Putting It All Together

Section 4.5 Solving Geometry Applications Using Algebra

Chapter Summary

Chapter 4 Review

Chapter 4 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-4

Chapter 5: Signed Decimals

Study Strategies: Taking Math Tests

Section 5.1 Reading and Writing Decimals

Section 5.2 Rounding Decimals

Section 5.3 Adding and Subtracting Signed Decimals

Section 5.4 Multiplying Signed Decimals

Section 5.5 Dividing Signed Decimals and Order of Operations

Putting It All Together

Section 5.6 Writing Fractions as Decimals

Section 5.7 Mean, Median, and Mode

Section 5.8 Solving Equations Containing Decimals

Section 5.9 Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

Section 5.10 Circles, Spheres, Cylinders, and Cones

Group Activity

emPOWERme: Is Anxiety the Hardest Problem on the Test?

Chapter Summary

Chapter 5 Review

Chapter 5 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-5

Chapter 6: Ratios and Proportions

Section 6.1 Ratios

Section 6.2 Rates

Section 6.3 Proportions

Section 6.4 Solve Proportions

Section 6.5 Solve Applied Problems Involving Proportions

Section 6.6 Angles

Section 6.7 Solve Applied Problems Involving Congruent and Similar Triangles

Chapter Summary

Chapter 6 Review

Chapter 6 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-6

Chapter 7: Measurement and Conversion

Section 7.1 Conversions Within the U.S. Measurement System

Section 7.2 The Metric System: Length

Section 7.3 The Metric System: Capacity and Weight (Mass)

Section 7.4 Solve Applied Problems Involving Metric Units

Section 7.5 Metric – U.S. Customary Conversions and Temperature

Chapter Summary

Chapter 7 Review

Chapter 7 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-7

Chapter 8: Percents

Section 8.1 Percents, Fractions, and Decimals

Section 8.2 Compute Basic Percents Mentally

Section 8.3 Use an Equation to Solve Percent Problems

Section 8.4 Solve Applications Involving Percents

Putting It All Together

Section 8.5 More Applications with Percents

Section 8.6 Simple and Compound Interest

Chapter Summary

Chapter 8 Review

Chapter 8 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-8

Chapter 9: Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System

Section 9.1 Reading Tables, Pictographs, Bar Graphs, and Line Graphs

Section 9.2 Frequency Distributions and Histograms

Section 9.3 Using and Making Circle Graphs

Section 9.4 Introduction to Linear Equations in Two Variables

Section 9.5 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables

Chapter Summary

Chapter 9 Review

Chapter 9 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-9

Chapter 10: The Rules of Exponents and Polynomials

Section 10.1 The Product Rule and Power Rules

Section 10.2 Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule

Section 10.3 Scientific Notation

Putting It All Together

Section 10.4 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

Section 10.5 Multiplying Polynomials

Chapter Summary

Chapter 10 Review

Chapter 10 Test

Cumulative Review for Chapters 1-10

Appendix A: Whole Number Arithmetic

Section A.1 Adding Whole Numbers

Section A.2 Subtracting Whole Numbers

Section A.3 Multiplying Whole Numbers

Section A.4 Introduction to Division and Short Division

Section A.5 Long Division

Appendix B

Section B.1 Sets of Numbers

Section B.2 Graphing Inequalities

Section B.3 Deriving the Area of a Parallelogram and the Area of a Triangle

Section B.4 Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

About the Author

Sherri Messersmith

Sherri Messersmith has been teaching at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, since 1994. She has over 25 years of experience teaching many different courses from developmental mathematics through calculus. She earned a bachelor of science degree in the teaching of mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to teach at the high level for two years. Sherri returned to UIUC and earned a master of science in applied mathematics and stayed on at the university to teach and coordinate large sections of undergraduate math courses. Sherri has authored several textbook, and she has also appeared in videos accompanying several McGraw-Hill texts. Sherri lives outside of Chicago with her husband, Phil, and their daughters, Alex and Cailen. In her precious free time, she likes to read, play the guitar, and travel -- the manuscripts for this and her previous books have accompanied her from Spain to Greece and many points in between.

Lawrence Perez

Robert Feldman

Bob Feldman still remembers those moments of being overwhelmed when he started college at Wesleyan University. “I wondered whether I was up to the challenges that faced me,” he recalls, “and—although I never would have admitted it at the time—I really had no idea what it took to be successful at college.”

That experience, along with his encounters with many students during his own teaching career, led to a life-long interest in helping students navigate the critical transition that they face at the start of their own college careers. Professor Feldman, who went on to receive a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is now Deputy Chancellor and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is founding director of POWER Up for Student Success, the first-year experience course for incoming students.

Professor Feldman’s proudest professional accomplishment is winning the College Outstanding Teaching Award at UMass. He also has been named a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and was Senior Online Instruction Fellow. He has taught courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Feldman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award and has written over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and books. His books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese, include Improving the First Year of College: Research and Practice; Understanding Psychology, 12/e; and Development Across the Life Span, 7/e. His research interests encompass the study of honesty and truthfulness in everyday life, development of nonverbal behavior in children, and the social psychology of education. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

With the last of his three children completing college, Professor Feldman occupies his spare time with pretty decent cooking and earnest, but admittedly unpolished, piano playing. He also loves to travel. He lives with his wife, who is an educational psychologist, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range in western Massachusetts.