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  • ISBN-13: 9780321127112
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: MathXL Tutorials on CD Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marge Lial Marge Lial was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is now affiliated with American River College.

Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.


John Hornsby When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics, education, or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and ten years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum.

John's personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh). He has been a rabid baseball fan all of his life. John's other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and recordcollecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


Terry McGinnis - A native Midwesterner, Terry received her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education (Mathematics concentration) from Iowa State University. She has taught elementary and middle school mathematics, and developed and implemented the curriculum used with her students. Terry has been involved in college mathematics publishing for over 15 years, working with a variety of authors on textbooks in developmental and precalculus mathematics. After working behind the scenes on many of the Lial/Hornsby textbooks and supplements for the past ten years, Terry most recently joined Margaret Lial and John Hornsby as co-author of their developmental mathematics series that includes Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Introductory and Intermediate Algebra, all published by Addison-Wesley. When not working, Terry enjoys spinning at a local health club and walking. She is a devoted parent of two sons, Andrew and Tyler.

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Table of Contents

(Note: Each chapter ends with a Group Activity, Summary, Review Exercises, a Chapter Test and, with the exception of Ch. 1, a Cumulative Review).
List of Applications.
Preface.
Feature Walkthrough.
1. The Real Number System.

Fractions.
Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequality.
Variables, Expressions, and Equations.
Real Numbers and the Number Line.
Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers.
Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers.
Summary Exercises on Operations with Real Numbers.
Properties of Real Numbers.
Simplifying Expressions.

2. Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable.
The Addition Property of Equality.
The Multiplication Property of Equality.
More on Solving Linear Equations.
Summary Exercises on Solving Linear Equations .
An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equations.
Formulas and Applications from Geometry.
Ratios and Proportions.
More About Problem Solving.
Solving Linear Inequalities.

3. Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables; Functions.
Reading Graphs; Linear Equations in Two Variables.
Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables.
The Slope of a Line.
Equations of a Line.
Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables.
Introduction to Functions.

4. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities.
SolvingSystems of Linear Equations by Graphing.
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution.
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination.
Summary Exercises on Solving Systems of Linear Equations.
Applications of Linear Systems.
Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities.

5. Exponents and Polynomials.
The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents.
Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule.
Summary Exercises on the Rules for Exponents.
An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation.
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials; Graphing Simple Polynomials.
Multiplying Polynomials.
Special Products.
Dividing Polynomials.

6. Factoring and Applications.
The Greatest Common Factor; Factoring by Grouping.
Factoring Trinomials.
More on Factoring Trinomials.
Special Factoring Rules.
Summary Exercises on Factoring.
Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring.
Applications of Quadratic Equations.

7. Rational Expressions and Applications.
The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions.
Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions.
Least Common Denominators.
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions.
Complex Fractions.
Solving Equations with Rational Expressions.
Summary Exercises on Operations and Equations with Rational Expressions.
Applications of Rational Expressions.
Variation.

8. Roots and Radicals.
Evaluating Roots.
Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying Radicals.
Adding and Subtracting Radicals.
Rationalizing the Denominator.
More Simplifying and Operations with Radical.
Summary Exercises on Operations with Radicals.
Solving Equations with Radicals.
Using Rational Numbers as Exponents.

9. Quadratic Equations.
Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property.
Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square.
Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula.
Summary Exercises on Quadratic Equations.
Complex Numbers.
More on Graphing Quadratic Equations; Quadratic Functions.

Appendix A: An Introduction to Calculators.
Appendix B: Review of Decimals and Percents.
Appendix C: Sets.
Appendix D: Mean, Median, and Mode.
Appendix E: Solving Quadratic Inequalities.
Answers to Selected Exercises.
Glossary.
Index.
Videotape and CD Index.
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    Lial does a magnificent job in this introductory algebra textbook. It makes algebra (to those who dislike math) fun and very interesting. This is THE textbook every high school or community college should adopt.

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