College Algebra: Real Mathematics, Real People / Edition 6

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Ideal for courses that require the use of a graphing calculator, COLLEGE ALGEBRA: REAL MATHEMATICS, REAL PEOPLE, 6th Edition, features quality exercises, interesting applications, and innovative resources to help you succeed. Retaining the book's emphasis on student support, selected examples include notations directing students to previous sections where they can review concepts and skills needed to master the material at hand. The book also achieves accessibility through careful writing and design—including examples with detailed solutions that begin and end on the same page, which maximizes readability. Similarly, side-by-side solutions show algebraic, graphical, and numerical representations of the mathematics and support a variety of learning styles. Reflecting its new subtitle, this significant revision focuses more than ever on showing readers the relevance of mathematics in their lives and future careers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111575106
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/26/2011
  • Series: College Algebra Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 563,746
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Larson received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado and has been a professor of mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University since 1970. He has pioneered the use of multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics, having authored over 30 software titles since 1990. Dr. Larson has also conducted numerous seminars and in-service workshops for math teachers around the country about using computer technology as a teaching tool and motivational aid. His INTERACTIVE CALCULUS (a complete text on CD-ROM) received the 1996 Texty Award for the most innovative mathematics instructional material at the college level, and was the first mainstream college textbook to be offered on the Internet.

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Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary, review exercises, a chapter test, and proofs in mathematics. P. PREREQUISITES. Real Numbers. Exponents and Radicals. Polynomials and Factoring. Rational Expressions. The Cartesian Plane. Representing Data Graphically. 1. FUNCTIONS AND THEIR GRAPHS. Introduction to Library of Functions. Graphs of Equations. Lines in the Plane. Functions. Graphs of Functions. Shifting, Reflecting, and Stretching Graphs. Combinations of Functions. Inverse Functions. 2. SOLVING EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Linear Equations and Problem Solving. Solving Equations Graphically. Complex Numbers. Solving Quadratic Equations Algebraically. Solving Other Types of Equations Algebraically. Solving Inequalities Algebraically and Graphically. Linear Models and Scatter Plots. Cumulative Test: Chapters P-2. Progressive Summary: Chapters P-2. 3. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS. Quadratic Functions. Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree. Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Rational Functions and Asymptotes. Graphs of Rational Functions. Quadratic Models. 4. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Exponential Functions and Their Graphs. Logarithmic Functions and Their Graphs. Properties of Logarithms. Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations. Exponential and Logarithmic Models. Nonlinear Models. Progressive Summary: Chapters P-4. 5. LINEAR SYSTEMS AND MATRICES. Solving Systems of Equations. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables. Multivariable Linear Systems. Matrices and Systems of Equations. Operations with Matrices. The Inverse of a Square Matrix. The Determinant of a Square Matrix. Applications of Matrices and Determinants. Cumulative Test: Chapters 3-5. 6. SEQUENCES, SERIES, AND PROBABILITY. Sequences and Series. Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums. Geometric Sequences and Series. The Binomial Theorem. Counting Principles. Probability. 7. CONICS AND PARAMETRIC EQUATIONS. Circles and Parabolas. Ellipses. Hyperbolas. Parametric Equations. Cumulative Test: Chapters 6-7. Progressive Summary: Ch P-7. APPENDIX A: TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT GUIDE. APPENDIX B: CONCEPTS IN STATISTICS (Web only). Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion. Least Squares Regression. APPENDIX C: VARIATION (Web only) APPENDIX D: SOLVING LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES (Web only). APPENDIX E: SYSTEMS OF INEQUALITIES (Web only). Solving Systems of Inequalities. Linear Programming. APPENDIX F: MATHEMATICAL INDUCTION (Web only).

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