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Intermediate Algebra, 2/e

Barbara Poole, North Seattle Community College

Published February, 1994 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1994, 828 pp.
ISBN 0-13-075326-2

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The third volume of a three-book series, Intermediate Algebra, Second Edition offers students a text that is easy to read and understand. The explanations are carefully written in language that is familiar to the general student population as well as those students for whom English is a second language.


graphing is now covered in Chapter 3.
uses set notation for inequalities.
expands Chapter 7, Radical Expressions and Complex Numbers, to include applications of powers and roots (Section 7.8).
enhances Chapter 11, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, so that logarithmic function values are found with a calculator (Section 11.4).
revises Chapter 9, More Second-Degree equations, to include the midpoint formula.
offers historical notes entitled Did You Know that appear throughout the text to increase student understanding and provide an appreciation of the spirit of mathematics.
includes several study hints to help students improve study skills and prepare for tests.
offers 8,250 problems (count not including examples):

  • Examples are followed by keyed margin exercises so students can practice new skills immediately; answers appear at the end of the section for immediate feedback.
  • Pretests at the beginning of each chapter allow students to check their knowledge.
  • Writing in Mathematics problems are provided in each section and help students strengthen their verbal skills.
  • Calculator Problems, including keystrokes, are placed in sections throughout the text to show the scientific calculator's usefulness in solving more complicated problems and to also illustrate the advanced scientific (graphing) calculator.
  • Challenge Problems at the end of each section motivate students.
  • Critical Thinking Problems, labeled Think About It, appear throughout to increase students' thinking abilities.
  • Checkup Problems provide a review of all prior sections and help students prepare for material that follows (e.g., Because reciprocal is used to define perpendicular lines, reciprocals are reviewed in the previous section's Checkup Problems).
  • End-of-chapter summaries help students prepare for tests and serve as a resource of definitions and problem-solving techniques.
  • Cooperative Learning Exercises at the end of each chapter called “Math in Groups” provide innovative materials for review and group discussion.
  • Cumulative Review Exercises after Chapters 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 provide additional review of previously covered topics and help students prepare for examinations; a comprehensive final exam is provided at the end of the book.

Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter begins with a Pretest and concludes with a Summary, Additional Exercises, Cooperative Learning Exercises, and Practice Test. A Cumulative Review concludes Chapters 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.)
    1. Real Numbers.
    2. Linear Equations and Inequalities.
    3. Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities.
    4. Systems of Equations.
    5. Polynomials.
    6. Rational Expressions and Equations.
    7. Radical Expressions and Complex Numbers.
    8. Quadratic Equations.
    9. More Second-Degree Equations.
    10. Relations and Functions.
    11. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
    Appendix A: More on Sets.
    Appendix B: Geometry.
    Appendix C: Tables.

      Table 1: Powers and roots. Table 2: Common logarithms.



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