Essential Mathematics
provides students with a learning tool that will help
them develop basic arithmetic skills, develop reasoning
and problemsolving skills, and achieve satisfaction in
learning so that they will be encouraged to continue their
education in mathematics. The style of writing gives
carefully worded, thorough explanations that are direct,
easy to understand, and mathematically accurate. The use
of color, subheadings, and shaded boxes helps students
understand and reference important topics.
Students are expected to participate actively by working
margin exercises and completion examples as they progress
through each section. The answers to the margin exercises
are in the back of the text, and the answers to the
completion examples are at the end of each section. This
approach provides the students with immediate reinforcement
and the instructor with immediate feedback as to how well the
students understand the material. Space is provided in the
text for students to calculate and write answers on the text page.
The text’s flexible style allows for teaching based on the standard
lecture method and for programs based on the cooperative learning
(small group studies) or independent study in a mathematics laboratory
setting. The NCTM and AMATYC curriculum standards have been taken
into consideration in the development of topics.


Chapter 1: 
 Whole Numbers 
Chapter 2: 
 Prime Numbers 
Chapter 3: 
 Fractions 
Chapter 4: 
 Mixed Numbers and Denominate Numbers 
Chapter 5: 
 Decimal Numbers 
Chapter 6: 
 Ratios and Proportions 
Chapter 7: 
 Percent 
Chapter 8: 
 Consumer Applications 
Chapter 9: 
 Introduction to Algebra 
Chapter 10: 
 Measurement 
Chapter 11: 
 Statistics and Reading Graphs 
Chapter 12: 
 Geometry 
Chapter 13: 
 Additional Topics from Algebra 
