Intermediate Algebra, 3/e
John Tobey, North Shore Community College
Jeffery Slater, North Shore Community College
Published December, 1997 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 1998, 670 pp.
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Suitable for courses in Intermediate Algebra including
lecture-based classes, discussion oriented classes, self-paced classes,
mathematics labs, and computer or audio-visual supported learning
centers. An easy-to-follow approach to intermediate algebra that
features realistic, relevant application problems, non-routine problems
drawn from everyday life, and carefully chosen examples and exercises.
Includes open-ended problems that invite discussion and exploration.
NEW15% new exercises, written to ensure smooth
transition from confidence-building to more rigorous within each exercise
set and to ensure correct matching of even and odd-numbered exercises.
NEW30% new applications, written to
incorporate more interesting, real-world data in order to increase
student interest and help students apply math learned in the classroom
to the world around them.
NEW80% new Putting Your Skills to Work
applications, written to encourage students to explore mathematics
in the world around them use an increased number of current, sourced
NEWInternet Connections are found at the
end of every Putting Your Skills to Work page. Through the Prentice
Hall website (www.prenhall.com), students will link to appropriate
Internet addressed where they will gather data necessary to complete
NEWGraphing Calculator boxes have been added
to the margins to enhance visualization of appropriate concepts. The
use of the graphing calculator is entirely optional and intended as
a gentle introduction to the capabilities and exploratory nature of
NEWAn updated 4-color design incorporates
many graphs and charts to help students learn to read, analyze and
interpret the types of data they see presented in many newspapers
A conceptual approach to functions is introduced early in
the book. Students are exposed to a variety of realistic situations
where functions are used to explain and record the changes we observe
in the world around us.
Solving and graphing inequalities have been integrated throughout
the text as appropriate.
Putting Your Skills to Work are full page applications,
80 % - 90 % of which are new.
Calculator Boxes appear in the margin, and include
optional graphing calculator keystrokes and tips as appropriate.
- Each page application includes problems for both individual
and group exploration.
- Each application includes an optional Internet
Connection problem in which students are encouraged to link
to various websites in order to get information for problem solving.
- Cooperative Learning: These problems are included
involve critical thinking skills that can be applied to answer the
many open response questions found in Putting Your Skills to Work
Realistic, relevant applications appear in each chapter's
Examples and Exercises. 30 % of the applications are new and incorporate
more real-world data.
Developing Your Study Skillsare written to help
students develop successful study habits that will benefit them in
all their courses, not just in mathematics.
Examples and Exercises Have been carefully chosen
to guide students through Beginning Algebra. Each example is followed
by a Practice Problem.
Chapter Organizers: The concepts and mathematical
procedures covered in each chapter are reviewed at the end of the
chapter in the Chapter Organizer. It not only lists concepts
and methods, but provides a completely worked out example for
each type of problem.
- Chapter Pretests: Each chapter opens with a concise
pretest to familiarize the student with the learning objectives for
that particular chapter.
- Practice Problems: These are found throughout the
chapter, after the examples, and are designed to provide your students
with immediate practice of the skills presented.
- To Think About: These critical thinking questions
follow many of the examples in the text and also appear in the exercise
sets. Designated by a special icon, they extend the concept being
taught; providing the opportunity for all students to look for patterns
and to make conclusions based on their previous experience.
- Exercise Sets: 15 % brand new exercises written
to create a better flow of exercises, progressing from confidence-building to
more challenging. This helps to ease the students into the problems;
and the answers provide students with immediate feedback.
- Cumulative Review Problems: Each exercise set concludes
with a section of Cumulative Review Problems. These problems
review topics previously covered within that particular chapter, and
are designed to assist students in retaining the material.
- Technology Problems: New graphing calculator boxes
and exercises have been added and incorporated. These exercises are
indicated by an icon.
A Diagnostic Pretest covers the entire course.
- Review Problems: These problems are grouped by
section as a quick refresher at the end of the chapter. May also be
used by the student as a quiz of the chapter material.
- Tests: Found at the end of the chapter, the Chapter
Test is a representative review of the material from that particular
chapter that simulates an actual test format. This provides the students
with a gauge to their level preparedness for the actual examination.
- Cumulative Tests: At the end of each chapter, beginning
with chapter 2, is a Cumulative Test. One-half of the content
of each Cumulative Test is based on the math skills learned
in previous chapters. By completing these tests for each chapter,
students build confidence that they have mastered not only the contents
of the present chapter but of the previous chapters as well.
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(Note: Each chapter begins with a Pretest and concludes
with a Chapter Organizer, Review Problems, Chapter Test, and Cumulative
Preface to the Student.
1. Basic Concepts.
2. Linear Equations and Inequalities.
3. Equations, Inequalities, and Functions.
4. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities.
6. Rational Algebraic Expressions and Equations.
7. Rational Exponents and Radicals.
8. Quadratic Equations and Inequalities.
9. The Conic Sections.
11. Logarithmic and Exponential Functions.
Practice Final Examination.
Solutions to Practice Problems.