Earth Algebra, College Algebra with Applications to Environmental Issues / Edition 2

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This college algebra text focuses on modeling (primarily by curve fitting) real data concerning environmental issues, decision making, reading, writing, and oral reporting. Students work in small groups with graphing calculators or appropriate technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321015976
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 8/20/1998
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.69 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Functions.
Sets: Some Basics.
Domain and Range of a Relation.
Methods of Describing Functions.
Domain of a Relation Revisited.
Range of a Function.

2. Linear Functions.
Slopes of Lines.
Slope-Intercept Form.
The Point-Slope Form.
Graphing Linear Equations.
Writing Your Own Equations.
Graphing Linear Functions with the Calculator.

3. Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration.
Your First Model.
Choosing the Model.
Linear Regression.
Checking the Accuracy of the Model.

4. Composite Functions and Inverses.
Definitions and Examples.
Introduction to Inverse Functions.
Special Inverse Functions.

5. Global Temperature and Ocean Level.
On the Beach.
Or, What Beach?


6. Quadratic Functions.
Notation and Definitions.
Maximum, Minimum, and Range of a Quadratic Function.
Graphs of Quadratic Functions.
You and Your Calculator Graphs.

7. Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices.
Systems of Linear Equations.
Systems of Equations andMatrices.

8. Modeling Carbon Dioxide Emission from Autos in the United States.
Predicting Total Passenger Cars in the Future.
Predicting Fuel Efficiency of Passenger Cars.
Average Yearly Mileage of Cars.
Total Carbon Dioxide Emission from Automobiles.

9. Modeling Carbon Dioxide Emission from Power Consumption in the United States.
Predicting Coal Consumption.
Predicting Petroleum Consumption.
Predicting Natural Gas Consumption.
Predicting Total Energy Consumption.
Total Carbon Emission from Power Consumption.

10. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
Exponential Functions.
Inverse Functions.
Logarithmic Functions.
Logarithmic and Exponential Equations.
Inverses of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.

11. Modeling Carbon Dioxide Emission Resulting from Deforestation.
Predicting Deforestation Due to Logging.
Predicting Deforestation Due to Cattle Grazing.
Predicting Deforestation Due to Agriculture and Development.
Predicting Total World Rainforest Deforestation.
Total Carbon Dioxide Emission from Deforestation.


12. Geometric Series.
Notation, Definitions, and Sums.

13. Carbon Dioxide Concentration Revisited.
Long-Term Carbon Dioxide Concentration.
Carbon Emission and Increase in CO2 Concentration.

14. Contribution to Atmospheric CO2 Concentration from Three Sources.
Approximating Predicted Data with Exponential Function.
Approximating Contribution from Each Source.


15. People.
How Many People Are There?
Of People and CO2 Sources.

16. Money.
Modeling Gross Domestic Product.
GDP and CO2 Contributors.


17. Linear Inequalities in Two Variables and Systems of Inequalities.
Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables.
Systems of Linear Inequalities in Two Variables.
Linear Programming.

18. Cost and Efficiency of Alternate Energy Sources.
Methanol Versus Gasoline.
What Are Some Other Alternatives?

19. Creating New Models for the Future.
A New Model for Future Carbon Dioxide Emission.
Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem.

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