Intermediate Algebra / Edition 9

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Ideal for lecture-format courses taught at the post-secondary level, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Ninth Edition, makes algebra accessible and engaging. Author Charles "Pat" McKeague's passion for teaching mathematics is apparent on every page. With many years of experience teaching mathematics, he knows how to write in a way that you will understand and appreciate. His attention to detail and exceptionally clear writing style help you to move through each new concept with ease, and real-world applications in every chapter highlight the relevance of what you are learning.

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A standard textbook intended for a lecture-format class, with each section suited for discussion in a 45- to 50-minute class. New to this edition (fourth was 1990), each chapter begins with an opening that includes an introduction, general overview, and (in the first six chapter openings) study skills, i.e., skills intended to help students become organized and efficient with their time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Charles P. "Pat" McKeague earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge, and his M.S. in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. A well-known author and respected educator, he is a full-time writer and a part-time instructor at Cuesta College. He has published twelve textbooks in mathematics covering a range of topics from basic mathematics to trigonometry. An active member of the mathematics community, Professor McKeague is a popular speaker at regional conferences, including the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, the New Mexico Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, and the National Association for Developmental Education. He is a member of the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges, the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges.

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Table of Contents

1. BASIC PROPERTIES AND DEFINITIONS. Fundamental Definitions and Notation. Sets. The Real Numbers. Simple and Compound Inequalities. Properties of Real Numbers. Arithmetic with Real Numbers. Recognizing Patterns. 2. EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN ONE VARIABLE. Linear Equations in One Variable. Formulas. Applications. Linear Inequalities in One Variable. Equations with Absolute Value. Inequalities Involving Absolute Value. 3. EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN TWO VARIABLES. Paired Data and the Rectangular Coordinate System. The Slope of a Line. The Equation of a Line. Linear Inequalities in Two Variables. Introduction to Functions. Function Notation. Algebra and Composition with Functions. Variation. 4. SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables. Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables. Applications of Linear Systems. Matrix Solutions to Linear Systems. Systems of Linear Inequalities. 5. EXPONENTS AND POLYNOMIALS. Properties of Exponents. Polynomials, Sums, and Differences. Multiplication of Polynomials. The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping. Factoring Trinomials. Special Factoring. Factoring: A General Review. Solving Equations by Factoring. 6. RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS. Basic Properties and Reducing to Lower Terms. Division of Polynomials and Difference Quotients. Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions. Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions. Complex Fractions. Equations and Graphs with Rational Functions. Applications. 7. RATIONAL EXPONENTS AND ROOTS. Rational Exponents. More Expressions Involving Rational Exponents. Simplified Form for Radicals. Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions. Multiplication and Division of Radical Expressions. Equations with Radicals. Complex Numbers. 8. QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS. Completing the Square. The Quadratic Formula. Additional Items Involving Solutions to Equations. Equations Quadratic in Form. Graphing Parabolas. Quadratic Inequalities. 9. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Exponential Functions. The Inverse of a Function. Logarithms Are Exponents. Properties of Logarithms. Common Logarithms and Natural Logarithms. Exponential Equations and Change of Base. 10. CONIC SECTIONS. The Circle. Ellipses and Hyperbolas. Second-Degree Inequalities and Nonlinear Systems. 11. SEQUENCE AND SERIES. Sequences. Series. Arithmetic Sequences. Geometric Sequences. The Binomial Expansion. Appendix. A. Resources. B. Introduction to Determinants. C. Cramer's Rule. D. Synthetic Division.

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