Elementary Algebra / Edition 4

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Designed for first-year developmental math students who need support in beginning algebra, Elementary Algebra, 4/e, retains the hallmark features for which the Larson team is known: abundant, high-quality applications; the use of real data; the integration of visualization (figures and graphs) throughout; and extensive opportunities for self-assessment (mid-chapter quizzes, review exercises, tests, and cumulative tests). In developing supportive new features for the Fourth Edition, the authors' goal is for students to come away from the class with a firm understanding of algebra and how it functions as a modern modeling language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618388172
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 610
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

The Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College Bio: Robert P. Hostetler received his Ph.D. in mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1970. He has taught at Penn State for many years and has authored several calculus, precalculus, and intermediate algebra textbooks. His teaching specialties include remedial algebra, calculus, and math education, and his research interests include mathematics education and textbooks.

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter is preceded by Motivating the Chapter, includes a Mid-Chapter Quiz, and concludes with What Did You Learn? (Chapter Summary), Review Exercises, and a Chapter Test. 1. The Real Number System 1.1. Real Numbers: Order and Absolute Value 1.2. Adding and Subtracting Integers 1.3. Multiplying and Dividing Integers 1.4. Operations with Rational Numbers 1.5. Exponents, Order of Operations, and Properties of Real Numbers 2. Fundamentals of Algebra 2.1. Writing and Evaluating Algebraic Expressions 2.2. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions 2.3. Algebra and Problem Solving 2.4. Introduction to Equations 3. Linear Equations and Problem Solving 3.1. Solving Linear Equations 3.2. Equations That Reduce to Linear Form 3.3. Problem Solving with Percents 3.4. Ratios and Proportions 3.5. Geometric and Scientific Applications 3.6. Linear Inequalities Cumulative Test: Chapters 1-3 4. Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables 4.1. Ordered Pairs and Graphs 4.2. Graphs of Equations in Two Variables 4.3. Slope and Graphs of Linear Equations 4.4. Equations of Lines 4.5. Graphs of Linear Inequalities 5. Exponents and Polynomials 5.1. Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation 5.2. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials 5.3. Multiplying Polynomials: Special Products 5.4. Dividing Polynomials 6. Factoring and Solving Equations 6.1. Factoring Polynomials with Common Factors 6.2. Factoring Trinomials 6.3. More About Factoring Trinomials 6.4. Factoring Polynomials with Special Forms 6.5. Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring Cumulative Test: Chapters 4-6 7. Rational Expressions and Equations 7.1. Simplifying Rational Expressions 7.2. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions 7.3. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions 7.4. Complex Fractions 7.5. Rational Equations and Applications 8. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities 8.1. Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing 8.2. Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution 8.3. Solving Systems of Equations by Elimination 8.4. Applications of Systems of Linear Equations 8.5. Systems of Linear Inequalities 9. Radical Expressions and Equations 9.1. Roots and Radicals 9.2. Simplifying Radicals 9.3. Operations with Radical Expressions 9.4. Radical Equations and Applications Cumulative Test: Chapters 7-9 10. Quadratic Equations and Functions 10.1. Solution by the Square Root Property 10.2. Solution by Completing the Square 10.3. Solution by the Quadratic Formula 10.4. Graphing Quadratic Equations 10.5. Applications of Quadratic Equations 10.6. Complex Numbers 10.7. Relations, Functions, and Graphs Appendix A. Introduction to Graphing Calculators Appendix B. Further Concepts in Geometry (web) B.1 Exploring Congruence and Similarity B.2 Angles Appendix C. Further Concepts in Statistics (web) Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises, Quizzes, and Tests Index of Applications Index

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