Algebra for College Students (with Interactive Video Skillbuilder CD-ROM and iLrn? Student Tutorial Printed Access Card) / Edition 8

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Make math a snap with ALGEBRA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. Using everyday language and lots of examples, Kaufman and Schwitters show you how to apply algebra concepts and ace the test. This volume also comes with Interactive Skillbuilder CD-ROM. This program is packed with over 8 hours of video instruction to help it all make sense. Plus, you'll get the powerful web-based iLrn Homework program that makes your assignments a breeze. Get the grade you need with ALGEBRA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS.

Kaufmann and Schwitters have built this text's reputation on clear and concise exposition, numerous examples, and plentiful problem sets. This traditional text consistently reinforces the following common thread: learn a skill; use the skill to help solve equations; and then apply what you have learned to solve application problems. This simple, straightforward approach has helped many students grasp and apply fundamental problem solving skills necessary for future mathematics courses in an easy-to-read format. The new Eighth Edition of Algebra For College Students includes new and updated problems, revised content based on reviewer feedback and a new function in iLrn. This enhanced iLrn homework functionality was designed specifically for Kaufmann/Schwitters' users. Textbook-specific practice problems have been added to iLrn to provide additional, algorithmically-generated practice problems, along with useful support and assistance to solve the problems for students.

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"Kaufmann/Schwitters textbook, Algebra for College Students remains to be a good textbook for our students. It is clear in its procedural approach; as well as the number of word problems discussed in each section."

"Quite frankly, I have used Kaufmann/Schwitters for the last three editions. This probably covers the last 8 years or so. I believe it is the most readable, straightforward algebra text on the market. I have examined the others. None compare to this one."

"We found the textbook to be easy to read and there were lots of examples in each section."

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Meet the Author

Jerome E. Kaufmann received his Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Virginia. Now a retired Professor of Mathematics from Western Illinois University, he has more than 30 years of teaching experience at the high school, two-year, and four-year college levels. He is the author of 45 college mathematics textbooks.

Karen L. Schwitters graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Mathematics. She earned an M.S. Ed. in Professional Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University. Schwitters is currently teaching at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida, where she is very active in multimedia instruction and is involved in planning distance learning courses with multimedia materials. She is an advocate for Enhanced WebAssign and uses it in her classroom. In 1998, she received the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award.

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Table of Contents

1. BASIC CONCEPTS AND PROPERTIES. Sets, Real Numbers, and Numerical Expressions. Operations with Real Numbers. Properties of Real Numbers and the Use of Exponents. Algebraic Expressions. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 2. EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES, AND PROBLEM SOLVING. Solving First-Degree Equations. Equations Involving Fractional Forms. Equations Involving Decimals and Problem Solving. Formulas. Inequalities. More on Inequalities and Problem Solving. Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 3. POLYNOMIALS. Polynomials: Sums and Differences. Products and Quotients of Monomials. Multiplying Polynomials. Factoring: Use of the Distributive Property. Factoring: Difference of Two Squares and Sum or Difference of Two Cubes. Factoring Trinomials. Equations and Problem Solving. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 1-3). 4. RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS. Simplifying Rational Expressions. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions. More on Rational Expressions and Complex Fractions. Dividing Polynomials. Fractional Equations. More Fractional Equations and Applications. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 5. EXPONENTS AND RADICALS. Using Integers as Exponents. Roots and Radicals. Combining Radicals and Simplifying Radicals That Contain Variables. Products and Quotients Involving Radicals. Equations Involving Radicals. Merging Exponents and Roots. Scientific Notation. Summary. Review Problems Set. Test. 6. QUADRATIC EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Complex Numbers. Quadratic Equations. Completing the Square. Quadratic Formula. More Quadratic Equations and Applications. Quadratic and Other Nonlinear Inequalities. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 1-6). 7. LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN TWO VARIABLES. Rectangular Coordinate System and Linear Equations. Graphing Nonlinear Equations Linear Inequalities in Two Variables. Distance and Slope. Determining the Equation of a Line. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 8. FUNCTIONS. Concept of a Function. Linear Functions and Applications. Quadratic Functions. More Quadratic Functions and Applications. Transformations of Some Basic Curves. Combining Functions. Direct and Inverse Variation. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 9. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS. Synthetic Division. Remainder and Factor Theorems. Polynomial Equations. Graphing Polynomial Functions. Graphing Rational Functions. More on Graphing Rational Functions. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 10. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Exponents and Exponential Functions. Applications of Exponential Functions. Inverse Functions. Logarithms. Logarithmic Functions. Exponential Equations, Logarithmic Equations, and Problem Solving. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapter 1-10). 11. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS. Systems of Two Linear Equations in Two Variables. Systems of Three Linear Equations in Three Variables. Matrix Approach to Solving Linear Systems. Determinants. Cramer's Rule. Partial Fractions. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 12. ALGEBRA OF MATRICES. Algebra of 2 X 2 Matrices. Multiplicative Inverses. m x n Matrices. Systems of Linear Inequalities: Linear Programming. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 13. CONIC SECTIONS. Circles. Parabolas. Ellipses. Hyperbolas. System Involving Nonlinear Equations. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 14. SEQUENCES AND MATHEMATICAL INDUCTION. Arithmetic Sequences. Geometric Sequences. Another Look at Problem Solving. Mathematical Induction. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. 15. COUNTING TECHNIQUES, PROBABILITY, AND THE BINOMIAL THEOREM. Fundamental Principle of Counting. Permutations and Combinations. Probability. Some Properties of Probability: Expected Values. Conditional Probability: Dependent and Independent Events. Binomial Theorem. Summary. Review Problem Set. Test. Appendix A: Common Logarithms. Appendix B: Natural Logarithms. Answers. Index.
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