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Larson IS student success. ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA owes its success to the hallmark features for which the Larson team is known: learning by example, a straightforward and accessible writing style, emphasis on visualization through the use of graphs to reinforce algebraic and numeric solutions and to interpret data, and comprehensive exercise sets. These pedagogical features are carefully coordinated to ensure that students are better able to make connections between mathematical concepts and understand the content. With a bright, appealing design, the new Fifth Edition builds on the Larson tradition of guided learning by incorporating a comprehensive range of student success materials to help develop students' proficiency and conceptual understanding of algebra. The text also continues coverage and integration of geometry in examples and exercises.
Dr. Ron Larson is a professor of mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1970. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado and is considered the pioneer of using multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics, having authored over 30 software titles since 1990. Dr. Larson conducts numerous seminars and in-service workshops for math educators around the country about using computer technology as an instructional tool and motivational aid. He is the recipient of the 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association Award for CALCULUS, the 2012 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: AN APPLIED APPROACH, the 2011 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for PRECALCULUS: REAL MATHEMATICS, REAL PEOPLE, and the 1996 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for INTERACTIVE CALCULUS (a complete text on CD-ROM that was the first mainstream college textbook to be offered on the Internet). Dr. Larson authors numerous textbooks including the best-selling Calculus series published by Cengage Learning.
1. THE REAL NUMBER SYSTEM. Real Numbers: Order and Absolute Value. Adding and Subtracting Integers. Multiplying and Dividing Integers. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Operations with Rational Numbers. Exponents, Order of Operations, and Properties of Real Numbers. 2. FUNDAMENTALS OF ALGEBRA. Writing and Evaluating Algebraic Expressions. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Algebra and Problem Solving. Introduction to Equations. 3. LINEAR EQUATIONS AND PROBLEM SOLVING. Solving Linear Equations. Equations that Reduce to Linear Form. Problem Solving with Percents. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Ratios and Proportions. Geometric and Scientific Applications. Linear Inequalities. 4. EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN TWO VARIABLES. Ordered Pairs and Graphs. Graphs of Equations in Two Variables. Slope and Graphs of Linear Equations. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Equations of Lines. Graphs of Linear Inequalities. 5. EXPONENTS AND POLYNOMIALS. Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Multiplying Polynomials: Special Products. Dividing Polynomials. 6. FACTORING AND SOLVING EQUATIONS. Factoring Polynomials with Common Factors. Factoring Trinomials. More About Factoring Trinomials. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Factoring Polynomials with Special Forms. Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring. 7. RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS. Simplifying Rational Expressions. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Complex Fractions. Rational Equations and Applications. 8. SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing. Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution. Solving Systems of Equations by Elimination. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Applications of Systems of Linear Equations. Systems of Linear Inequalities. 9. RADICAL EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS. Roots and Radicals. Simplifying Radicals. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Operations with Radical Expressions. Radical Equations and Applications. 10. QUADRATIC EQUATIONS AND FUNCTIONS. Solution by the Square Root Property. Solution by Completing the Square. Solution by the Quadratic Formula. Mid-Chapter Quiz. Graphing Quadratic Equations. Applications of Quadratic Equations. Complex Numbers. Relations, Functions, and Graphs. APPENDICES. Appendix A: Introduction to Graphing Calculators. Appendix B: Further Concepts in Geometry (Web). Appendix C: Further Concepts in Statistics (Web). ANSWERS TO ODD-NUMBERED EXERCISES, QUIZZES, AND TESTS. INDEX OF APPLICATIONS. INDEX.