Preparation for College Mathematics, 3rd Edition
by D. Franklin Wright
The 3rd edition of Preparation for College Mathematics emphasizes reasoning and problem solving while helping students make realworld connections to foundational concepts through practical applications. An early introduction of variables, integers, and equationsolving skills allows students to practice algebra skills while reviewing arithmetic. Once a solid understanding of real numbers and problem solving is established, the course transitions into common algebra topics such as solving linear equations and inequalities, factoring equations, and more. The new edition begins with an updated Strategies for Academic Success chapter, focusing on study skills, time and stress management, and tips for success in a collegelevel math course.
Each chapter is complemented by two projects that highlight the practical aspects of mathematics, helping students establish connections with key concepts through realworld applications.
Additionally, the extensive exercise set selection classifies questions into Practice, Application, and Conceptual categories. A software question bank expansion with this edition provides even more problemsolving opportunities and ensures a comprehensive understanding of course content.
Formats: Software, Textbook, eBook, Guided Notebook
Product  ISBN 

Software + eBook  9781642777833 
Software + eBook + Textbook  9781642776379 
Software + Guided Notebook  9781642776393 
Textbook  9781642776263 
Guided Notebook  9781642776287 
Table of Contents

Chapter 0: Strategies for Academic Success
 0.1 Understanding and Reducing Stress
 0.2 Staying Organized
 0.3 Managing Your Time Effectively
 0.4 Reading a Textbook and NoteTaking
 0.5 Using Effective Study Strategies
 0.6 Reducing Test Anxiety

Chapter 1: Whole Numbers
 1.1 Introduction to Whole Numbers
 1.2 Addition and Subtraction with Whole Numbers
 1.3 Multiplication with Whole Numbers
 1.4 Division with Whole Numbers
 1.5 Rounding and Estimating with Whole Numbers
 1.6 Problem Solving with Whole Numbers
 1.7 Solving Equations with Whole Numbers: x + b = c and ax = c
 1.8 Exponents and Order of Operations
 1.9 Tests for Divisibility
 1.10 Prime Numbers and Prime Factorizations
 Chapter 1 Review

Chapter 2: Integers
 2.1 Introduction to Integers
 2.2 Addition with Integers
 2.3 Subtraction with Integers
 2.4 Multiplication, Division, and Order of Operations with Integers
 2.5 Simplifying and Evaluating Expressions
 2.6 Translating English Phrases and Algebraic Expressions
 2.7 Solving Equations with Integers: ax + b = c
 Chapter 2 Review

Chapter 3: Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Proportions
 3.1 Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers
 3.2 Multiplication with Fractions
 3.3 Division with Fractions
 3.4 Multiplication and Division with Mixed Numbers
 3.5 Least Common Multiple (LCM)
 3.6 Addition and Subtraction with Fractions
 3.7 Addition and Subtraction with Mixed Numbers
 3.8 Comparisons and Order of Operations with Fractions
 3.9 Solving Equations with Fractions
 3.10 Ratios and Unit Rates
 3.11 Proportions
 3.12 Probability
 Chapter 3 Review

Chapter 4: Decimal Numbers
 4.1 Introduction to Decimal Numbers
 4.2 Addition and Subtraction with Decimal Numbers
 4.3 Multiplication and Division with Decimal Numbers
 4.4 Estimating and Order of Operations with Decimal Numbers
 4.5 Statistics: Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
 4.6 Decimal Numbers and Fractions
 4.7 Solving Equations with Decimal Numbers
 Chapter 4 Review

Chapter 5: Percents
 5.1 Basics of Percent
 5.2 Solving Percent Problems Using Proportions
 5.3 Solving Percent Problems Using Equations
 5.4 Applications of Percent
 5.5 Simple and Compound Interest
 5.6 Reading Graphs
 Chapter 5 Review

Chapter 6: Measurement and Geometry
 6.1 US Measurements
 6.2 The Metric System: Length and Area
 6.3 The Metric System: Capacity and Weight
 6.4 US and Metric Equivalents
 6.5 Angles and Triangles
 6.6 Perimeter
 6.7 Area
 6.8 Volume and Surface Area
 6.9 Similar and Congruent Triangles
 6.10 Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem
 Chapter 6 Review

Chapter 7: Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities
 7.1 Properties of Real Numbers
 7.2 Solving Linear Equations: x + b = c and ax = c
 7.3 Solving Linear Equations: ax + b = c
 7.4 Solving Linear Equations: ax + b = cx + d
 7.5 Working with Formulas
 7.6 Applications: Number Problems and Consecutive Integers
 7.7 Applications: DistanceRateTime, Interest, Average, and Cost
 7.8 Solving Linear Inequalities in One Variable
 7.9 Compound Inequalities
 7.10 Absolute Value Equations
 7.11 Absolute Value Inequalities
 Chapter 7 Review

Chapter 8: Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities
 8.1 The Cartesian Coordinate System
 8.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables
 8.3 SlopeIntercept Form
 8.4 PointSlope Form
 8.5 Introduction to Functions and Function Notation
 8.6 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
 Chapter 8 Review

Chapter 9: Systems of Linear Equations
 9.1 Systems of Linear Equations: Solutions by Graphing
 9.2 Systems of Linear Equations: Solutions by Substitution
 9.3 Systems of Linear Equations: Solutions by Addition
 9.4 Applications: DistanceRateTime, Number Problems, Amounts, and Cost
 9.5 Applications: Interest and Mixture
 9.6 Systems of Linear Equations: Three Variables
 9.7 Matrices and Gaussian Elimination
 9.8 Systems of Linear Inequalities
 Chapter 9 Review

Chapter 10: Exponents and Polynomials
 10.1 Rules for Exponents
 10.2 Power Rules for Exponents
 10.3 Applications: Scientific Notation
 10.4 Introduction to Polynomials
 10.5 Addition and Subtraction with Polynomials
 10.6 Multiplication with Polynomials
 10.7 Special Products of Binomials
 10.8 Division with Polynomials
 10.9 Synthetic Division and the Remainder Theorem
 Chapter 10 Review

Chapter 11: Factoring Polynomials
 11.1 Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Factoring by Grouping
 11.2 Factoring Trinomials: x^{2} + bx + c
 11.3 Factoring Trinomials: ax^{2} + bx + c
 11.4 Special Factoring Techniques
 11.5 Review of Factoring Techniques
 11.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
 11.7 Applications: Quadratic Equations
 Chapter 11 Review

Chapter 12: Rational Expressions
 12.1 Introduction to Rational Expressions
 12.2 Multiplication and Division with Rational Expressions
 12.3 Least Common Multiple of Polynomials
 12.4 Addition and Subtraction with Rational Expressions
 12.5 Simplifying Complex Fractions
 12.6 Solving Rational Equations
 12.7 Applications: Rational Expressions
 12.8 Applications: Variation
 Chapter 12 Review

Chapter 13: Roots, Radicals, and Complex Numbers
 13.1 Evaluating Radicals
 13.2 Simplifying Radicals
 13.3 Rational Exponents
 13.4 Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication with Radicals
 13.5 Rationalizing Denominators
 13.6 Solving Radical Equations
 13.7 Functions with Radicals
 13.8 Introduction to Complex Numbers
 13.9 Multiplication and Division with Complex Numbers
 Chapter 13 Review

Chapter 14: Quadratic Equations
 14.1 Quadratic Equations: The Square Root Method
 14.2 Quadratic Equations: Completing the Square
 14.3 Quadratic Equations: The Quadratic Formula
 14.4 More Applications of Quadratic Equations
 14.5 Equations in Quadratic Form
 14.6 Graphing Quadratic Functions
 14.7 More on Graphing Quadratic Functions and Applications
 14.8 Solving Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
 Chapter 14 Review

Chapter 15: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
 15.1 Algebra of Functions
 15.2 Composition of Functions and Inverse Functions
 15.3 Exponential Functions
 15.4 Logarithmic Functions
 15.5 Properties of Logarithms
 15.6 Common Logarithms and Natural Logarithms
 15.7 Logarithmic and Exponential Equations and ChangeofBase
 15.8 Applications: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
 Chapter 15 Review

Chapter 16: Conic Sections
 16.1 Translations and Reflections
 16.2 Parabolas as Conic Sections
 16.3 Distance Formula, Midpoint Formula, and Circles
 16.4 Ellipses and Hyperbolas
 16.5 Nonlinear Systems of Equations
 Chapter 16 Review