Below are links to the individual Chapter 1 sections in the Math 52 book,

Elementary Algebra, Norco Edition, by Robert H. Prior

Each section is in a pdf format and Adobe Reader is required to open them. If you do not yet have Adobe Reader on your hard drive, then you may get a free download from Adobe. (It is a safe download. Be sure to follow the instructions on the page.)

Chapter 1 is entitled "Numbers and Algebra"

Section 1.1 Definitions and Properties

  • Basic operations
  • Evaluating an expression
  • Commutative and Associative Properties
  • Identities

Section 1.2 Real Numbers

  • Number lines
  • Absolute value
  • Definition of a number
  • Real numbers (integers, rational numbers, etc.)
  • Repeating decimals

Section 1.3 Adding Integers

  • Adding along a number line
  • Adding sums mentally
  • Commutative Property
  • Rules of adding integers

Section 1.4 Subtracting Integers

  • Three meanings of the dash
  • Double negatives
  • Subtraction as addition
  • The Commutative Property
  • Subtraction and the double negative
  • Applications with adding and subtracting integers

Section 1.5 Multiplying and Dividing Integers

  • Multiplying integers
  • The fourth meaning of the dash (refer to Sec. 1.4)
  • The Product Rule of Signs
  • Division of Signed numbers

Section 1.6 The Factor Game

  • A numbers game that prepares students for factoring trinomials (Sec. 7.3)

Section 1.7 The Order of Operations

  • Grouping symbols
  • The Order of Operations
  • Exponents and negative numbers
  • Square roots and negative numbers
  • The Order of Operations and negative numbers
  • The fraction bar
  • Replacement values
  • Formulas

Section 1.8 Algebraic Expressions: Like Terms

  • Definitions of algebra
  • Replacement values
  • Combining like terms

Section 1.9 Algebraic Expressions: The Distributive Property

  • Multiplying a term by an integer
  • The Distributive Property

Section 1.10 Translating Between English and Algebra

  • The Main Operation
  • Translating Between English and Algebra
  • Translations and the Main Operation