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Rockswold Precalculus Series

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"In today's dynamic society, students need to understand mathematics regardless of their major. However, at every level, students continue to have difficulty learning and retaining mathematics. In order to both learn and retain mathematics, students must see a connection between the concepts and their real-life experiences."

— Gary Rockswold
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Math in Context

By connecting applications, modeling, and visualization, Gary Rockswold motivates students to learn mathematics in the context of their experiences. In order to both learn and retain the material, students must see a connection between the concepts and their real-lives.

Creating a Social Network

Creating a Social Network

College Algebra, pages 452, 507 and 514

Starting Up Your Own Company

Starting Up Your Own Company

College Algebra, pages 104, 107–108

Getting the Jitters?

Getting the Jitters?

College Algebra, page 471

Modeling Half-Life of a Facebook Link

Modeling Half-Life of a Facebook Link

College Algebra, pages 348, 390–391

Understanding Size in Biology

Understanding Size in Biology

College Algebra, pages 326–328

Comment Boxes

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NEW! Comment Boxes allow graphs, tables, and symbolic explanations to be labeled in such a way that a concept is easier to understand.

Making Connections

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Making Connections features show students how concepts covered previously are related to new concepts being presented.

Getting Started

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Getting Started helps students synthesize multiple concepts and develop an overall problem-solving strategy before they begin writing a detailed solution.

Checking Basic Concepts

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Checking Basic Concepts provides a small set of exercises that can be used as mixed review.

Cumulative Reviews

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Cumulative Reviews require students to understand and use multiple skills from different chapters.

Putting It All Together

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Putting It All Together summarizes techniques and reinforces the mathematical concepts presented in the section.

Connecting the Concepts

The focus on conceptual understanding helps students make connections between the concepts. As a result, students see the bigger picture of math and are prepared for future courses.

See the Concept

NEW! See the Concept allows students to make important connections by walking them through detailed visualizations. Students use graphs, tables, and diagrams to learn new concepts in a concise and efficient way. This feature also supports multiple learning styles and deepens every student's understanding of mathematics.

Evaluating g(–1) = 3 Grahpically

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College Algebra, page 32

Graphically Solving ax + b > 0

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College Algebra, page 109

Rational Functions and Vertical Asymptotes

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College Algebra, page 290

Representing Inverse Functions

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College Algebra, page 373

Interactive Figures

Learn about Mathematica®-based interactive figures located in the Rockswold MyMathLab course and eText from creator Chuck Stevens of Skagit Valley College. Interactive figures can be used in lecture to engage students more fully and save time that would otherwise be spent drawing them by hand. Exercises pertaining to each interactive figure are assignable in MyMathLab and reinforce active learning, critical thinking, and conceptual reasoning.

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Ready To Go Course

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The Ready To Go option makes it even easier to get started with MyMathLab. Includes author-chosen preassigned homework, integrated review, and more!

Enhanced Graphing Utility

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Graphing 3-point quadratic and 4-point cubic functions

New functionality within the graphing utility allows you to graph 3-point quadratic functions, 4-point cubic graphs, and transformations.

Enhanced Graphing Utility

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Graphing Transformations

New functionality within the graphing utility allows you to graph 3-point quadratic functions, 4-point cubic graphs, and transformations.

Video Assessment

Video Assessment

Section-Lecture Videos provide lectures for each section of the text to help students review important concepts and procedures. Assignable questions are now available to check students' video comprehension.

Getting Ready

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Skill review quizzes are assignable throughout the course, testing students on prerequisite knowledge. From these quizzes, each student receives a personalized, just-in-time review assignment, allowing them to refresh forgotten concepts.

MyMathLab from Pearson is the world's leading online resource in mathematics, integrating interactive homework, assessment, and media in a flexible, easy to use format. MyMathLab delivers proven results in helping individual students succeed. It provides engaging experiences that personalize, stimulate, and measure learning for each student. And, it comes from an experienced partner with educational expertise and an eye on the future.

MyMathLab helps prepare students and gets them thinking more visually, critically and conceptually through the following features:

  1. Getting Ready
  2. Video Assessment
  3. Interactive Figures
  4. Enhanced Graphing Utility

Results

Rockswold texts partnered with MyMathLab can be successfully implemented in any environment—lab-based, hybrid, fully online, and traditional courses—for a consistently positive impact on the quality of learning in higher education math instruction. MyMathLab is the world's leading online resource in mathematics, integrating interactive homework, assessment, and media in a flexible, easy-to-use format.

Check out the Santa Fe College Case Study

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Visit the MyMathLab site to learn more about implementation and success stories.

MyMathLab Success Stories

Santa Fe College Results

Rockswold Redesign at Santa Fe College

Math Instructor Exchange

We are pleased to announce exciting enhancements to the Math Instructor Exchange! The goal of the community is to connect you to other math instructors. Through this exchange we hope to foster collaboration with peers regarding best practices, resulting in more success through instruction and learning.

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