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Algebra For College Students, 4/e

Max A. Sobel, Montclair State College

Published September, 1995 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1991, 624 pp.
ISBN 0-13-025933-0

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A comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts and skills of intermediate algebra necessary for further work in calculus and beyond.


uses a clear, informal, easy-to-read format.
explores the applications of math to other subjects.
includes “test your understanding” exercises for self-study of basic algebraic skills, and challenge problems that demand higher-order thinking.
features numerous worked-out examples.
provides marginal notes pointing out errors to avoid.

Table of Contents

    1. The Set of Real Numbers.
    2. Fundamental Operations.
    3. Introduction to Equations and Inequalities.
    4. Fundamental Operations with Rational Expressions.
    5. Rational Exponents and Radicals, Complex Numbers, and Quadratic Equations.
    6. Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities: The Function Concept.
    7. Quadratic Functions and the Conic Sections, with Applications.
    8. Graphing Functions: Roots of Polynomial Functions.
    9. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
    10. Systems of Equations and Inequalities.
    11. Sequences and Series.
    12. Permutations, Combinations, Probability.
    Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises.


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