Basic Math 9th edition (2010) Review by Cathy Duffy
9 DVDs, softbound text, student solutions guide, and student technical support - $389
The text for this course is Cengage Learning's Basic Math, 9th Edition by Aufmann and Lockwood.
This sixth grade course includes one chapter each on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, percents, applications for business and consumers, statistics and probability, U.S. customary units of measurement, the metric system of measurement, rational numbers, introduction to algebra, and geometry. With the addition of the last three chapters (which were not included in previous editions), this is a solid sixth grade course.
Many practical applications appear in examples and word problems, and an entire chapter is devoted to business and consumer math skills such as percent calculations in making purchases, computing interest, calculating the cost of buying a home or car, calculating wages, and balancing a checkbook.
A four-function calculator might be used along with this course, but it's not absolutely essential. If you are looking ahead, you might want to go ahead and purchase a TI-83 Plus graphing calculator since it can be used with all courses.
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