

Background
Information
TITLE 
Algebra:
Tools for a Changing World 


Authors: 
Allan
Bellman, Sadie Chavis Bragg, Suzanne H. Chapin, Theodore J. Gardella,
Bettye C. Hall, William G. Handlin, Sr., and Edward Manfre. 


Publisher: 
PrenticeHall,
Inc. 


Edition: 
1998 


OVERVIEW 



Subject
Area: 
Algebra 


Grade
Level/Format: 
This
textbook is appropriate for grades 812. The text consists of 11
chapters. 


Time
Frame: 
The
course takes approximately 160 days to complete using traditional
4045 minute class sessions. If used over two years, the course
takes 320 days of 4045 minute class sessions to complete. If block
scheduling is used, the course takes approximately 80 days to complete. 


CONTENT 



Main
Topics: 
 Tools of Algebra
 Functions and Their
Graphs
 Algebraic Concepts
and Simple Equations
 Equations and Inequalities
 Graphing and Writing
Linear Equations
 Systems of Equations
and Inequalities
 Quadratic Equations
and Functions
 Exponents and Exponential
Functions
 Right Triangles
and Radical Expressions
 Polynomials
 Rational Expressions
and Functions



Activities: 
In a typical chapter, students begin by reading about how an aspect
of algebra relates to the real world. Students are given an overview
of the chapter project. In each lesson, students (1) are told what
they will learn and why; (2) participate in group activities and
group discussions of the lessons, both of which may include commentary,
demonstrations, and/or examples; (3) practice the concepts/skills
of the lesson, including some problems from previous lessons that
may be relevant to understanding the current math ideas and some
challenge questions that prepare students for the next lesson. The
chapter ends with students finishing the chapter project, reviewing
terms and procedures, doing problems related to the math in each
lesson and problems that prepare them for the next chapter, and
completing an assessment section and a preparation section for standardized
testing. 


OPERATION 



Assessment: 
Assessments
include several resources found in the student edition, teacher's
edition, and the teaching resources. There are chapter projects,
sets of discussion questions in the Think and Discuss section, and
Try This practice exercises. There are alternative assessments,
which are selfassessment writing assignments such as journals and
portfolios, assigned problems and chapter assessments, which consist
of multiple choice, free response, and openended questions; and
writing exercises. There are lesson quizzes, a selection of questions
for the preparation of standardized testing, and cumulative assessments
to assess student learning over several chapters. Other assessment
items include the Interactive Student Tutorial CDROM of selftests
and a Computer Item Generator that allows teachers to customize
tests for individual needs of students. 


Cost: 
Student
edition: 
$45.97 

Teacher's
edition: 
$79.97 


CREDIBILITY 
Following
are references for reports on Algebra: Tools for a Changing World. Please check the web site for further information about additional
evaluations and reviews. 


NCTM Standards Analysis: 
American
Association for the Advancement of Science. (2000). Algebra
textbooks: A standardsbased evaluation. Washington, D.C.:
Author 


WEB
SITE: 
http://www.phschool.com 
