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Pathways to College Mathematics, 1st edition

  • Robert F. Blitzer

Published by Pearson (April 1st 2015) - Copyright © 2016

1st edition

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A one-semester alternative to the traditional two-semester developmental algebra sequence.

This package includes MyMathLab®.


Gets them engaged. Keeps them engaged.

Bob Blitzer’s distinctive and relatable voice motivates students of diverse backgrounds and majors, engaging them in the math through compelling, real-world applications. Pathways to College Mathematics provides a general survey of topics to prepare students for liberal arts math, quantitative reasoning, or introductory statistics. This course offers an alternate path through developmental math, giving students who are going on to a non-STEM college-level course a one-semester alternative to the traditional two-semester algebra course. With a prerequisite of basic math or prealgebra, it’s intended to accelerate non-STEM students through their developmental sequence, but can also prepare students for intermediate algebra if they intend to follow a STEM pathway. 


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Table of contents


Supplements List


To the Student

About the Author


1. Numerical Pathways

1.1 Number Theory: Prime and Composite Numbers

1.2 The Integers; Order of Operations

1.3 The Rational Numbers

1.4 The Irrational Numbers

1.5 Real Numbers and Their Properties

1.6 Exponents and Scientific Notation

1.7 Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 1 Test


2. Algebraic Pathways: Equations and Inequalities

2.1 Algebraic Expressions and Formulas

2.2 Linear Equations in One Variable

2.3 Applications of Linear Equations

2.4 Ratios, Rates and Proportions

2.5 Modeling Using Variation

2.6 Linear Inequalities in One Variable

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 2 Test


3. Algebraic Pathways: Graphs, Functions, Linear Functions, and Linear Systems

3.1 Graphing and Functions

3.2 Linear Functions and Their Graphs

3.3 The Point-Slope Form of the Equation of a Line; Scatter Plots and Regression Lines

3.4 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

3.5 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 3 Test


4. Algebraic Pathways: Polynomials, Quadratic Equations, and Quadratic Functions

4.1 Operations with Polynomials; Polynomial Functions

4.2 Factoring Polynomials

4.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring

4.4 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property and the Quadratic Formula

4.5 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 4 Test


5. Geometric Pathways: Measurement

5.1 Measuring Length; The Metric System

5.2 Measuring Area and Volume

5.3 Measuring Weight and Temperature

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 5 Test


6. Geometric Pathways

6.1 Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles

6.2 Triangles

6.3 Polygons, Perimeter, and Tessellations

6.4 Area and Circumference

6.5 Volume

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 6 Test


7. Pathways to Probability: Counting Methods and Probability Theory

7.1 The Fundamental Counting Principle

7.2 Permutations

7.3 Combinations

7.4 Fundamentals of Probability

7.5 Probability with the Fundamental Counting Principle, Permutations, and Combinations

7.6 Events Involving Not and Or; Odds

7.7 Events Involving And; Conditional Probability

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 7 Test


8. Statistical Pathways

8.1 Sampling, Frequency Distributions, and Graphs

8.2 Measures of Central Tendency

8.3 Measures of Dispersion

8.4 The Normal Distribution

            Chapter Summary, Review, and Test

            Chapter 8 Test



A. Basics of Percent

B. Applications of Percent

C. Bar, Line, and Circle Graphs

D. Sets, Venn Diagrams, and Set Operations


Answers to Selected Exercises

Subject Index

Index of Applications


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