Throughout the text, topics are developed in contexts that are meaningful to student's daily lives. By first illustrating an application for each topic, and only then, exploring the specifics of the mathematics that is involved, this text breaks through the barrier of "the abstract" and shows how algebra has practical and relevant applications students' daily lives.
College Algebra provides a dynamic approach to problem solving and supportive pedagogy that allows students to monitor their own progress. Because students learn best by doing, Progress Check Exercises associated with each example problem, give students immediate feedback on their understanding of the concepts being discussed. These exercises are also ideal for homework assignments.
"Technology Links" provide discussions on using graphing calculators and are integrated throughout the text.
Each section opens with a motivational problem that is solved later as an example problem.
"Explore" exercises promote discovery and cooperative learning.
"Thinking About It" exercises help develop critical thinking skills.
Application problems are included in the examples and exercises of every section.
Specific objectives are listed at the beginning of each section.
Each chapter summary begins with a checklist of objectives that is illustrated by Example Problems.
Each Example Problem has an associated "Progress Check" exercise.
A detailed and easy-to-follow review of all necessary mathematics is presented early in the text for those students whose basic skills need improvement.
Effective use of color enhances the many images in concept developments and exercise sets.
R. Review of Basic Algebra.
1. Functions and Graphs.
2. Further Algebraic Techniques.
3. Equations and Inequalities.
4. Polynomial and Rational Functions.
5. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
6. Analytic Geometry: Conic Sections.
7. Systems of Equations and Inequalities.
8. Discrete Algebra and Probability.
Answers to Progress Check Exercises.
Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems.