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Essential Algebra for Advanced High School Math and SAT

Part of the Award-Winning Mathematical Reasoning™ Series

Grades: 8-11

Mathematics

Grades: 8-11

Mathematics

  •  Multiple Award Winner
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The Essential Algebra for Advanced High School and SAT is a 241-page math book in the Mathematical Reasoning series and is a new, ‘essential’ resource for building the foundation of ongoing excellence in mathematics. This book offers an in-depth approach to teaching math skills focusing on important algebraic concepts that are vital to a student’s success in advanced high school mathematics.

Algebra is essentially the language of all advanced mathematic courses. It is generalized arithmetic, so the rules that apply when we are working with number and fraction operations—including the knowledge of factors and multiples—also apply when we are working with algebra.

Without this knowledge and these skills, students often struggle or even fail in advanced mathematics courses. Imagine a good high school student who sees a problem like 3•x•y•4 and hesitates to write 12xy because he or she is unsure of the rules that govern multiplication. Or they don't understand how to add 2x to 1/4y to combine it into one entire fraction. Or why –62 is different than (–6)2. It is easy to see that not having a strong understanding of the foundational rules of algebra can stop even the smartest students from succeeding in advanced high school math courses.

The lessons within this book teach fundamental arithmetic principles that govern algebra so that students can apply them, as needed, in advanced mathematical courses and in life. The book begins with the definition of a "term" and the facts of when you can cancel and when you cannot. It discusses the importance of factors and multiples and integer rules. It teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions – not by doing the problems up and down like they are mostly done in elementary school, but by doing them sideways just like they are done later in algebra and in higher-level math. This helps make everything so much easier down the road!

The explanations are clear and followed with basic step-by-step procedures to show students how to master and apply those fraction concepts, negative number operations, exponent rules, work with square roots, and doing real life percent problems with charts and tables, just like those on the SAT’s. Concepts are purposefully repeated in different settings, so students will keep re-applying what they learn throughout the book. The language is friendly to put students at ease and increase their confidence while learning concepts that are often confusing.

This book reviews the necessary reading strategies needed to translate word problems, but it is not the primary focus of the book. The book Understanding Algebra I (also part of the Mathematical Reasoning series) devotes large sections to many types of word problems and many useful strategies if deeper study of this topic is desired. Essential Algebra is a supplemental book that can be used as an accompanying book to Algebra I, Algebra II and higher math courses. Also recommended as an Algebra II prep course!

In the last two chapters of the book, students are asked to apply the algebra they have just learned to an overview of problems in geometry. Also included is review of some important techniques that students frequently struggle with involving both linear and quadratic equations.

This book also includes an appendix of topics used as a review, but also includes new information that can be considered enrichment for students who may want to learn more. Teaching support and answers are also included.

Product Details

Item#: 06933BBP
Author(s): Terri Husted
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-0-89455-970-9
Pages: 241, Color

Awards

Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum Cathy Duffy Top 100 Award Creative Child Magazine 2012 Book of the Year Award Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award Dr. Toy Best Picks Dr. Toy Product of Excellence iParenting Media Award iParenting Media Best Products Jenkins Group Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Silver Medal Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted Mom's Choice Awards - Gold Medal for Excellence Mom's Choice Awards - Silver Medal for Excellence Practical Homeschooling Magazine 3rd Place Reader Award Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2015

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