Mathematics in Action: An Introduction to Algebraic, Graphical, and Numerical Problem Solving, 6th edition
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Overview
Mathematics in Action: An Introduction to Algebraic, Graphical, and Trigonometric Problem Solving gives you the math you encountered in high school or in previous courses, but in a new and meaningful way. An activitybased approach helps you achieve a higher level of conceptual learning, while developing a solid foundation of mathematical skills. The Mathematics in Action series is based on the authors' belief that students learn mathematics best by doing the math within a realistic context. From this perspective, they offer guideddiscovery activities that help you to construct, reflect upon and apply mathematical concepts, deepening your conceptual understanding along the way. This active style of learning develops criticalthinking skills and mathematical literacy. The 6th Edition includes updated examples and activities for maximum interest and relevance.
Published by Pearson (July 15th 2020)  Copyright © 2020
ISBN13: 9780136880776
Subject: Developmental Math
Category: Beginning Algebra
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Below is an Activitylevel Table of Contents for this title.
 Chapter 1. Number Sense
 Cluster 1: Introduction to Problem Solving
 Activity 1.1 The Bookstore: Steps in Problem Solving
 Activity 1.2 The Classroom: ProblemSolving Strategies
 Activity 1.3 Properties of Arithmetic: Properties and Vocabulary for Arithmetic Calculations
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 2: Problem Solving with Fractions and Decimals (Rational Numbers)
 Activity 1.4 Top Chef: Operations with Fractions and Mixed Numbers
 Project Activity 1.5 Course Grades and Your GPA: Problem Solving Using Fractions and Decimals
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 3: Comparisons and Proportional Reasoning
 Activity 1.6 Everything Is Relative: Ratios as Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
 Activity 1.7 Antidepressant Use: Proportional Reasoning
 Activity 1.8 Who Really Did Better? Actual and Relative Change, Percent Increase and Decrease
 Activity 1.9 Going Shopping: Growth and Decay Factors
 Activity 1.10 Take an Additional 20% Off: Consecutive Growth and Decay Factors
 Activity 1.11 Fuel Economy: Rates and Unit Analysis
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 4: Problem Solving with Signed Numbers
 Activity 1.12 Celsius Thermometers: Addition and Subtraction of Integers
 Activity 1.13 Shedding the Extra Pounds: Multiplication and Division of Integers
 Activity 1.14 Order of Operations Revisited: Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Chapter 1 Summary
 Chapter 1 Gateway Review
 Cluster 1: Introduction to Problem Solving
 Chapter 2. Variable Sense
 Cluster 1: Symbolic Rules and Expressions
 Activity 2.1 Symbolizing Arithmetic: Formulas and Algebraic Expressions
 Activity 2.2 Blood Alcohol Levels: Represent a TwoVariable Relationship Algebraically, Numerically, and Graphically
 Activity 2.3 College Expenses: Symbolic Rules
 Activity 2.4 Are They the Same? Equivalent Expressions and Grouping Symbols
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 2: Solving Equations
 Activity 2.5 Let’s Go Shopping: Solve an Equation Containing One Operation
 Activity 2.6 Leasing a Copier: Solve an Equation Containing Two or More Operations
 Activity 2.7 The Algebra of Weather: Solve a Formula for a Specified Variable
 Activity 2.8 Four out of Five Dentists Prefer Crest: Proportions
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 3: More Problem Solving Using Algebra
 Activity 2.9 Do It Two Ways: Distributive Property, Greatest Common Factor, and Combining Like Terms
 Activity 2.10 Decoding: Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
 Activity 2.11 Comparing Energy Costs: Mathematical Models, General Strategy for Solving Linear Equations
 Project Activity 2.12 Summer Job Opportunities: Problem Solving Using Linear Equations
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Chapter 2 Summary
 Chapter 2 Gateway Review
 Cluster 1: Symbolic Rules and Expressions
 Chapter 3. Function Sense and Linear Functions
 Cluster 1: Function Sense
 Activity 3.1 Summer Olympics: Functions, Numerical and Graphical Representation of Functions
 Activity 3.2 How Fast Did You Lose? Average Rate of Change
 Project Activity 3.3 Comparing Symbolically Defined Functions and Their Graphs
 Activity 3.4 Course Grade: Representing Functions Symbolically
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 2: Introduction to Linear Functions
 Activity 3.5 The Snowy Tree Cricket: Slope and Intercepts of a Line
 Activity 3.6 Software Sales: SlopeIntercept Equation of a Line
 Activity 3.7 Predicting Population: Problem Solving Using SlopeIntercept Equation of a Line
 Activity 3.8 College Tuition: PointSlope Equation of a Line
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 3: Linear Regression, System, and Inequalities
 Activity 3.9 Education Pays: Line of Best Fit and Regression Lines
 Lab Activity 3.10 Body Parts: Problem Solving Using Regression Equations
 Activity 3.11 Smartphone Plan Options: Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
 Activity 3.12 Healthy Lifestyle: Solving a System of Linear Equations in Two Variables Using the Addition Method
 Project Activity 3.13 Modeling a Business: Problem Solving Using Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
 Activity 3.14 How Long Can You Live? Linear Inequalities
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Chapter 3 Summary
 Chapter 3 Gateway Review
 Cluster 1: Function Sense
 Chapter 4. An Introduction to Nonlinear Problem Solving
 Cluster 1: Mathematical Modeling Involving Polynomials
 Activity 4.1 Fatal Crashes: Polynomials
 Activity 4.2 Volume of a Storage Box: Properties of Exponents
 Activity 4.3 Room for Work: Operations with Polynomials
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 2: Problem Solving with Quadratic Equations and Functions
 Activity 4.4 The Amazing Property of Gravity: Solving Quadratic Equations
 Activity 4.5 What Goes Up, Comes Down: Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
 Activity 4.6 How High Did It Go? Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
 Activity 4.7 More Ups and Downs: Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Quadratic Formula
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Cluster 3: Other Nonlinear Functions
 Activity 4.8 Inflation: Exponential Functions
 Activity 4.9 A Thunderstorm: Direct Variation
 Activity 4.10 Diving under Pressure, or Don‘t Hold Your Breath: Inverse Variation
 Activity 4.11 Hang Time: Square Root Functions
 What Have I Learned?
 How Can I Practice?
 Chapter 4 Summary
 Chapter 4 Gateway Review
 Cluster 1: Mathematical Modeling Involving Polynomials
Appendices
 A. Fractions
 B. Decimals
 C. Skills Checks
 D. Algebraic Extensions
 E. Getting Started with the TI84 Plus Family of Calculators
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