Functions and Change: College Algebra / Edition 5

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FUNCTIONS AND CHANGE: A MODELING APPROACH TO COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Fifth Edition is optimal for both non-traditional and terminal students taking college algebra and those who may continue onto calculus. The authors' incorporate graphing utilities, functions, modeling, real data, applications and projects to develop skills, giving students the practice they need to not only master basic mathematics but apply it in future courses and careers. With a streamlined presentation, fresh design and added features such as "Test Your Understanding", the fifth edition reinforces author's focus on connecting math in the real world with added applications in business and social sciences, promotes mastery of the material and fosters critical thinking. Enhanced WebAssign now features increased exercise coverage, personalized study plans, lecture videos and more that make it easier to get started with online homework. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133365556
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 844,092
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Crauder received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981, after which he spent a post-doctoral year at the Institute for Advanced Studies. Since then, he has held positions at the University of Utah, University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina, Colorado State University, and is now at Oklahoma State University as a Professor of Mathematics. Crauder has, in the past, held NSF research grants in algebraic geometry as well as several NSF grants for mathematics curricular reform and development with Benny Evans and Alan Noell. He is currently the Associate Dean for Instruction of the College of Arts & Sciences at Oklahoma State.

Benny Evans received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1971. After a year at the Institute for Advanced Study he came to Oklahoma State University where he has served as Undergraduate Director, Associate Head, and Head, and is currently Professor of Mathematics. His academic interests are in topology and mathematics education. He is the author of 28 publications in refereed journals and a number of books and expository articles.

Alan Noell earned his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1983 and had a two-year postdoctoral position at Caltech. His scholarly activities include complex analysis and curriculum development. He has been a Co-Principal Investigator on grants funded by the National Science Foundation. He has served as Undergraduate Director and Graduate Director in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State, and he is currently Professor of Mathematics.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Calculator Arithmetic. Summary. Chapter Review Exercises. 1. FUNCTIONS. Functions Given by Formulas. Functions Given by Tables. Functions Given by Graphs. Functions Given by Words. Summary. Chapter Review Exercises. A Further Look: Average Rates of Change with Formulas. A Further Look: Areas Associated with Graphs. 2. GRAPHICAL AND TABULAR ANALYSIS. Table and Trends. Graphs. Solving Linear Equations. Solving Nonlinear Equations. Inequalities. Optimization. Summary. Chapter Review Exercises. A Further Look: Limits. A Further Look: Shifting and Stretching. A Further Look: Optimizing with Parabolas. 3. STRAIGHT LINES AND LINEAR FUNCTIONS. The Geometry of Lines. Linear Functions. Modeling Data with Linear Functions. Linear Regression. Systems of Equations. Summary. Chapter Review Exercises. A Further Look: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines. A Further Look: Secant Lines. 4. EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS. Exponential Growth and Decay. Constant Percentage Change. Modeling Exponential Data. Modeling Nearly Exponential Data. Logarithmic Functions. Summary. Chapter Review Exercises. A Further Look: Solving Exponential Equations. 5. A SURVEY OF OTHER COMMON FUNCTIONS. Logistic Functions. Power Functions. Modeling Data with Power Functions. Combining and Decomposing Functions. Polynomials and Rational Functions. Summary. Chapter Review Exercises. A Further Look: Fitting Logistic Data using Rates of Change. A Further Look: Factoring Polynomials, Behavior at Infinity. 6. RATES OF CHANGE. Velocity. Rates of Change for Other Functions. Estimating Rates of Change. Equations of Change: Linear and Exponential Functions. Equations of Change: Graphical Solutions. Summary. Chapter Review Exercises. APPENDIX. A.1 Order of Operations. A.2 Definition of a Function. A.3 Geometric Constructions. A.4 Inverse Function. A.5: Solving Equations by Factoring. A.6 Equations of Lines. A.7 Elementary Properties of Exponents. A.8 Quadratic Functions and Complex Numbers. BRIEF ANSWERS TO SELECTED EXERCISES.

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