Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 3rd Edition , by Sherri Messersmith

By Sherri Messersmith

Development a greater route to good fortune! Connecting wisdom – Sherri prepares her scholars for achievement through clean their wisdom of mathematics. via aiding scholars see the relationship among mathematics and algebra, Sherri stumbled on that her scholars have been extra convinced of their skills as they stepped forward throughout the direction. This lecture room verified perform was once built-in into the texts in order that either teachers and scholars may benefit. Messersmith accomplishes this through together with mathematics examples for many sections earlier than using algebraic examples. additionally, the writer has constructed via school room use a chain of easy talents Worksheets that may simply be built-in into the study room. featuring techniques in “Bite dimension” items – via breaking down the sections into possible items, the writer has pointed out the middle locations the place scholars frequently fight after which assists them in realizing that fabric to achieve success relocating ahead. getting to know innovations - With the textbook and attach arithmetic hosted by means of ALEKS, a brand new on-line homework and evaluate device, scholars can perform and grasp their figuring out of algebraic suggestions. Messersmith is rigorous sufficient to organize scholars for the subsequent point but effortless to learn and comprehend. The exposition is written as though a professor is instructing in a lecture to be extra available to scholars. The language is mathematically sound but effortless adequate for college students to appreciate.

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Or 6? or 33? Or, did you get another result? Most likely you obtained one of the three answers just given. Only one is correct, however. If we do not have rules to guide us in evaluating expressions, it is easy to get the incorrect answer. Therefore, here are the rules we follow. This is called the order of operations. Procedure The Order of Operations Simplify expressions in the following order: 1) If parentheses or other grouping symbols appear in an expression, simplify what is in these grouping symbols first.

1 1 5 9 5 9 1 For example, the reciprocal of is since ؒ ϭ ϭ 1. qxd 8/17/10 3:55 PM Page 8 BIA— 8 Chapter 1 The Real Number System and Geometry Definition Division of fractions: Let a, b, c, and d represent numbers so that b, c, and d do not equal zero. Then, a c a d Ϭ ϭ ؒ . b d b c Note To perform division involving fractions, multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second. Example 8 Divide. Write the answer in lowest terms. a) 3 10 Ϭ 8 11 b) 3 Ϭ9 2 Solution 3 10 3 11 a) Ϭ ϭ ؒ 8 11 8 10 33 ϭ 80 3 3 1 b) Ϭ9ϭ ؒ 2 2 9 Multiply c) 5 1 1 Ϭ1 4 13 3 10 by the reciprocal of .

We will use two methods to express this fraction in lowest terms. Method 1 Using a factor tree to get the prime factorizations of 48 and 42 and then dividing out common factors, we have 1 1 48 2ؒ2ؒ2ؒ2ؒ3 2ؒ2ؒ2 8 1 ϭ ϭ ϭ or 1 42 2ؒ3ؒ7 7 7 7 1 1 1 8 The answer may be expressed as an improper fraction, , or as a mixed number, 1 , 7 7 as long as each is in lowest terms. Method 2 48 and 42 are each divisible by 6, so we can divide each by 6. 48 48 Ϭ 6 8 1 ϭ ϭ or 1 42 42 Ϭ 6 7 7 You Try 6 Write each fraction in lowest terms.

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