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Bob Blitzer is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob is most energized by teaching mathematics and has taught a variety of mathematics courses at MiamiDade College for nearly 30 years. He has received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College, and was among the first group of recipients at MiamiDade College for an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. Bob has written Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Algebra for College Students, Thinking Mathematically, College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Trigonometry all published by Pearson.
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Preface
Today's college algebra and trigonometry students are a diverse group. Some are going on into calculus or other math sequences, whereas others will complete their math requirements with this course. This text is designed and written to help both sets of students succeed. The book has three fundamental goals: First, to help students acquire a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry, preparing them for other college courses such as calculus, business calculus, finite mathematics, and computer science; second, to show students how algebra and trigonometry can model and solve authentic realworld problems; and third, to enable students to develop problemsolving skills, fostering critical thinking within a varied and interesting setting.
A source of frustration for me and my colleagues is that very few students read their textbook. When I ask students why they do not take full advantage of the text, their responses generally fall into two categories:
I thought about both of these objections in writing every page of this book.
"I can't follow the explanations." For many of my students, textbook explanations are too compressed. The chapters in Algebra & Trigonometry have been written to make them extremely accessible. Every section contains a range of simple, intermediate, and challenging examples. Voice balloons allow for specific annotations in examples, further clarifying procedures and concepts.
"The applications are not interesting." One of the things I enjoy most aboutteaching in a large urban community college is the diversity of who my students are and what interests them. Realworld data that celebrate this variety are used to bring relevance to examples, discussions, and applications. I selected all updated realworld data to be interesting and intriguing to students. By connecting algebra and trigonometry to the whole spectrum of their interests, it is my intent to show students that their world is profoundly mathematical and, indeed, pi is in the sky.
Student Supplements
Student Solutions Manual (013089785X); (8978E0). Includes fully worker out solutions to most of the oddnumbered exercises in the text as well as all exercises in chapter tests and all review exercises.
MathPak Integrated Learning Environment (0130893846); (8938D2). Contains the College Algebra MathPro 4.0 along with a passcodeprotected Website specifically designed to accompany this text. This product combines the series' key supplements into a comprehensive, easytonavigate package. Materials on the Website include but are not limited to: Sectionbysection reading quizzes, SectionbySection Powerpoint downloads, additional chapter projects, Chapter Quizzes and Tests, Student Solutions Manuals presented by chapter (exactly why is in the print version), Chapter Destinations and to interesting math Websites, and Graphing Calculator Manuals for the full line of TI's, Sharp, HP, and Casio Calculators.
Review Videos (0130893870); (893865). Sectionbysection videos written by and highlighting Jacquelyn White of St. Leo College. Each segment covers approximately 20 minutes of the key concepts and examples for each section. Each set of videos comes with a permissions letter allowing the school to duplicate for specific campus needs.
Precalculus Investigations/Simundza, et al. (0130109541); (1095D6). A three year NSFfunded project integrates an applied approach to the topics in the Pre; calculus curriculum via applied projects. The investigations reflect the AMATYC and NCTM Standards in both curriculum content and pedagogy.
Companion Website (www.prenhall.com/blitzer). This CW address will lead to the bridge page for all of the Blitzer titles. On the CW sites (which are different than the MathPak sites) are the following: Chapter Quizzes, Chapter Tests, Projects, Graphing Calculator Manual, Destinations, and PowerPoints.
WebCT/Blackboard. Contains all the materials from the MathPak website (i.e., no MathPro) plus testing materials. Can be made available in Blackboard on adoption.
Instructor Supplements
Instructor's Resource Manual (0130897841); (8978D3). IRM contains the full solutions to the evennumbered exercises in the text.
TestGenEQ WIN/MAC CD (0130893862); (8938F7). New to Prentice Hall Mathematics is the use of TestGen EQ for our mathematics testing. TestGenEQI is a fully algorithmic, easytouse software program written and based on the section objectives in the text.
Test Item File (0130897833); (8978C5). A hardcopy version of materials derived from the TestGenEQ program.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summary, Review Exercises, and Chapter Test and/or Cumulative Review Exercises.)
P. Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra.
1. Equations, Inequalities, and Mathematical Models.
2. Functions and Graphs.
3. Polynomial and Rational Functions.
4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
5. Trigonometric Functions.
6. Analytic Trigonometry.
7. Additional Topics in Trigonometry.
8. Systems of Equations and Inequalities.
9. Matrices and Determinants.
10. Conic Sections and Analytic Geometry.
11. Sequences, Induction, and Probability.
Appendix: Where Did That Come From? Selected Proofs.
Answers to Selected Exercises.
Subject Index.
Preface
Preface
Today's college algebra and trigonometry students are a diverse group. Some are going on into calculus or other math sequences, whereas others will complete their math requirements with this course. This text is designed and written to help both sets of students succeed. The book has three fundamental goals: First, to help students acquire a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry, preparing them for other college courses such as calculus, business calculus, finite mathematics, and computer science; second, to show students how algebra and trigonometry can model and solve authentic realworld problems; and third, to enable students to develop problemsolving skills, fostering critical thinking within a varied and interesting setting.
A source of frustration for me and my colleagues is that very few students read their textbook. When I ask students why they do not take full advantage of the text, their responses generally fall into two categories:
I thought about both of these objections in writing every page of this book.
"I can't follow the explanations." For many of my students, textbook explanations are too compressed. The chapters in Algebra & Trigonometry have been written to make them extremely accessible. Every section contains a range of simple, intermediate, and challenging examples. Voice balloons allow for specific annotations in examples, further clarifying procedures and concepts.
"The applications are not interesting." One of the things I enjoy most about teachingin a large urban community college is the diversity of who my students are and what interests them. Realworld data that celebrate this variety are used to bring relevance to examples, discussions, and applications. I selected all updated realworld data to be interesting and intriguing to students. By connecting algebra and trigonometry to the whole spectrum of their interests, it is my intent to show students that their world is profoundly mathematical and, indeed, pi is in the sky.
Student Supplements
Student Solutions Manual (013089785X); (8978E0). Includes fully worker out solutions to most of the oddnumbered exercises in the text as well as all exercises in chapter tests and all review exercises.
MathPak Integrated Learning Environment (0130893846); (8938D2). Contains the College Algebra MathPro 4.0 along with a passcodeprotected Website specifically designed to accompany this text. This product combines the series' key supplements into a comprehensive, easytonavigate package. Materials on the Website include but are not limited to: Sectionbysection reading quizzes, SectionbySection Powerpoint downloads, additional chapter projects, Chapter Quizzes and Tests, Student Solutions Manuals presented by chapter (exactly why is in the print version), Chapter Destinations and to interesting math Websites, and Graphing Calculator Manuals for the full line of TI's, Sharp, HP, and Casio Calculators.
Review Videos (0130893870); (893865). Sectionbysection videos written by and highlighting Jacquelyn White of St. Leo College. Each segment covers approximately 20 minutes of the key concepts and examples for each section. Each set of videos comes with a permissions letter allowing the school to duplicate for specific campus needs.
Precalculus Investigations/Simundza, et al. (0130109541); (1095D6). A three year NSFfunded project integrates an applied approach to the topics in the Pre; calculus curriculum via applied projects. The investigations reflect the AMATYC and NCTM Standards in both curriculum content and pedagogy.
Companion Website (www.prenhall.com/blitzer). This CW address will lead to the bridge page for all of the Blitzer titles. On the CW sites (which are different than the MathPak sites) are the following: Chapter Quizzes, Chapter Tests, Projects, Graphing Calculator Manual, Destinations, and PowerPoints.
WebCT/Blackboard. Contains all the materials from the MathPak website (i.e., no MathPro) plus testing materials. Can be made available in Blackboard on adoption.
Instructor Supplements
Instructor's Resource Manual (0130897841); (8978D3). IRM contains the full solutions to the evennumbered exercises in the text.
TestGenEQ WIN/MAC CD (0130893862); (8938F7). New to Prentice Hall Mathematics is the use of TestGen EQ for our mathematics testing. TestGenEQI is a fully algorithmic, easytouse software program written and based on the section objectives in the text.
Test Item File (0130897833); (8978C5). A hardcopy version of materials derived from the TestGenEQ program.