Understanding Pre-Algebra teaches and develops the math concepts and critical thinking skills necessary for success in Algebra I and future mathematics courses at the high school level. It was written with the premise that students cannot problem-solve or take leaps of reasoning without understanding the concepts and elements that lead to discovery. With 35 years of experience teaching mathematics, the author believes that understanding leads to confidence, and confidence gives students the resolve to succeed in higher-level mathematics rather than fear it.
Understanding Pre-Algebra is standards-based, but it makes it different from other pre-algebra books because it logically organizes concepts, stressing practice and critical thinking.
Understanding Pre-Algebra avoids the mistakes of trying to teach new concepts before students receive the prerequisite skills and practice necessary for success. The concepts are presented clearly and in connection to other concepts. Math vocabulary is essential to success in higher mathematics, so this book includes easy-to-follow explanations and a user-friendly glossary.