Alpha Mathematics eText VitalSource: Digital Access Code - 1 year lease (2e) : 9781486006687

Alpha Mathematics eText VitalSource: Digital Access Code - 1 year lease (2e)

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This edition of Alpha Mathematics has been written to meet the current requirements of Level Four Mathematics and Statistics in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • The content has been arranged to match the three curriculum strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics.
    In the Number section, there is a focus on the Numeracy Project, and a completely new chapter on basic Financial Literacy has been added.
  • In the Measurement section there are many fresh questions, involving charts, timetables, and the like. Alpha Mathematics is rich in cross-curriculum applications, all grounded in the New Zealand context.
  • The four large Statistics chapters feature coverage of the Statistical Enquiry Cycle (PPDAC), as well as material on interpreting reports that encourages statistical literacy.

Alpha Mathematics 2e takes maximum advantage of a full-colour design to make it easy to navigate through the book and follow the mathematical ideas. Thousands of colourful diagrams, photos, cartoons, tags and icons are incorporated within its hundreds of short, focused exercises to help bring the mathematics to life and keep students interested, while topics are revisited through the book to reinforce learning. Hundreds of additional puzzles and investigations are included for more able students and fast finishers.

Alpha Mathematics 2e has been produced to fit a variety of learning approaches. In many cases appropriate technology can be used: Computer Algebra Systems (CAS), spreadsheets, and ordinary scientific calculators.

Table of contents


1 Numeracy - understanding and using whole numbers
2 Decimals
3 Integers
4 Multiples, factors and primes
5 Powers and roots
6 Brackets and order of operations
7 Fractions 1
8 Fractions 2
9 Percentages
10 Financial literacy


11 Introducing algebraic expressions
12 Formulas and spatial patterns
13 Working with algebraic expressions
14 Equations
15 Expanding brackets and factorising
16 Co-ordinates
17 Two-dimensional Graphs
18 Graphs using rules from algebra



19 Time, dates and seasons
20 Temperature, charts and scales
21 Length and scale drawings
22 Weight and capacity
23 Area and Perimeter
24 Volume


25 Angles
26 Reflection and Rotation
27 Symmetry
28 Translation and Enlargement
29 3D shapes


30 Interpreting statistical reports and displays
31 Working with data
32 The statistical enquiry cycle
33 Probability
Author biography
David Barton needs no introduction to a generation of New Zealand mathematics students and teachers. He has written a full six-book, award-winning series for secondary-school mathematics, and his material has also been published in Australia, South Africa, Fiji and Abu Dhabi. David Barton was educated at Wellington College and has taught at Wellington College and Rangitoto College in Auckland.
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