**by Lynn Marecek and MaryAnne Anthony-Smith**

Hi! We are excited to introduce *Foundations of Algebra *to you!

We wrote the *Foundations of Algebra* manuscript for the Prealgebra classes at Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon Colleges. It was used for nearly ten years and provided students with a bridge between arithmetic and beginning algebra. Student understanding of algebraic concepts was supported through the use of manipulative activities called *Manipulative Mathematics*. Students’ literacy in written English and fluency with mathematical vocabulary were addressed through *Links to Literacy* activities. And every lesson in *Foundations of Algebra *included a pro-active study skills activity, which we called *Strategies for Success*.

Our *Foundations of Algebra* manuscript evolved into three textbooks that have been published and are available to teachers and students anywhere.

The mathematics content of *Foundations of Algebra* was expanded to become two textbooks, *Prealgebra* and *Elementary Algebra, *published by OpenStax. Both books maintain our philosophy of fostering conceptual understanding of mathematics through the use of manipulatives. Working on her own, Lynn went on to author *Intermediate Algebra, *which has also been published by OpenStax. The texts can be read online or downloaded at no cost from OpenStax.org.

*Strategies for Success: Study Skills for the College Math Student*, is available from Pearson Higher Education in workbook or electronic format.

The *Manipulative Mathematics or Links to Literacy* links on the menu bar above take you to pages with more information about, and samples of, these unique features we included in *Foundations of Algebra*. We invite you to use them with your students!

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