Path to College Mathematics, 1st edition

  • Elayn Martin-Gay

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A one-semester alternative to the traditional two-semester developmental algebra sequence for non-STEM or STEM track students  (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students.


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Elayn Martin-Gay's developmental math textbooks and video resources are motivated by her firm belief that every student can succeed. Martin-Gay's focus on the student shapes her clear, accessible writing, inspires her constant pedagogical innovations, and contributes to the popularity and effectiveness of her video resources. Martin-Gay's Path to College Mathematics offers a flexible, accelerated pathway to college readiness, preparing both STEM and non-STEM students for their next course and to achieve their career goals.


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Published by Pearson (January 1st 2021) - Copyright © 2017

ISBN-13: 9780137398911

Subject: Developmental Math

Category: Pathways (Non-STEM & STEM)


Table of Contents

  1. Chapter R Prealgebra Review
    • R.1 Fractions and Mixed Numbers
    • R.2 Decimals
    • R.3 Percents, Decimals, and Fractions
    • R.4 Reading Pictographs, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, and Circle Graphs
  1. Chapter 1 Real Numbers
    • 1.1 Tips for Success in Mathematics
    • 1.2 Symbols and Sets of Numbers
    • 1.3 Exponents, Order of Operations, Variable Expressions, and Equations
      • Integrated Review—Order of Operations
    • 1.4 Operations on Real Numbers and Evaluating Square Roots
    • 1.5 Properties of Real Numbers
  2. Chapter 2 Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
    • 2.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
    • 2.2 The Addition and Multiplication Properties of Equality
    • 2.3 Solving Linear Equations
      • Integrated Review—Solving Linear Equations
    • 2.4 An Introduction to Problem Solving
    • 2.5 Percent and Finance Problem Solving
    • 2.6 Solving Linear Inequalities
  3. Chapter 3 Graphing and Systems in Two Variables
    • 3.1 Scatter Plots and Graphing Linear Equations
    • 3.2 Intercepts, Slope and Rate of Change
      • Integrated Review—Summary on Slope and Graphing Linear Equations
    • 3.3 Equations of Lines
    • 3.4 Functions and Regression Lines
    • 3.5 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
    • 3.6 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
  4. Chapter 4 Exponents and Polynomials
    • 4.1 Exponents
    • 4.2 Polynomial Functions and Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
    • 4.3 Multiplying Polynomials
    • 4.4 Special Products
      • Integrated Review—Exponents and Operations on Polynomials
    • 4.4 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
  5. Chapter 5 Factoring Polynomials and Solving Quadratic Equations
    • 5.1 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping
    • 5.2 Factoring Trinomials of the Form x2 + bx + c and ax2 + bx + c
    • 5.3 Factoring Binomials
      • Integrated Review—Choosing a Factoring Strategy
    • 5.4 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
    • 5.5 Operations on Square Roots
    • 5.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property and the Quadratic Formula
    • 5.7 The Pythagorean Theorem, the Distance Formula, and Problem Solving
    • 5.8 Extension -Graphing Quadratic Equations
  6. Chapter 6 Geometry and Measurement
    • 6.1 Lines and Angles
    • 6.2 Perimeter, Area, and Volume
      • Integrated Review—Geometry Concepts
    • 6.3 Linear Measurement
    • 6.4 Weight and Mass
    • 6.5 Capacity
    • 6.6 Temperature and Conversions between the US and Metric Systems
  7. Chapter 7 Introduction to Counting and Probability
    • 7.1 Counting and the Fundamental Counting Principle
    • 7.2 Permutations
    • 7.3 Combinations
      • Integrated Review – Counting
    • 7.4 Introduction to Probability
  8. Chapter 8 Introduction to Statistics
    • 8.1 Measures of Central Tendency
    • 8.2 Measures of Dispersion
    • 8.3 The Normal Distribution


  1. Tables
  2. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  3. Ratios and Rates
  4. Proportion and Problem Solving
  5. Variation and Problem Solving

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