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Intermediate Algebra by Baratto/Kohlmetz/Bergman is part of the latest offerings in the successful Streeter-Hutchison Series in Mathematics. By popular demand, we are now offering an Intermediate Algebra book in the series again. This book combines the best of earlier versions of Intermediate Algebra, along with new material requested by a cross-section of Intermediate Algebra instructors across the country. This first edition maintains the hallmark approach of encouraging the learning of mathematics by focusing its coverage on mastering math through practice. This worktext seeks to provide carefully detailed explanations and accessible pedagogy to introduce intermediate algebra concepts and put the content in context. The authors use a three-pronged approach (I. Communication, II. Pattern Recognition, and III. Problem Solving) to present the material and stimulate critical thinking skills. Items such as Math Anxiety boxes, Check Yourself exercises, and Activities represent this approach and the underlying philosophy of mastering math through practice. The exercise sets are well-organized, and clearly labeled. Vocational and professional-technical exercises have been included throughout. Repeated exposure to this consistent structure should help advance the student’s skills in relating to mathematics. The book is designed for a one-semester intermediate algebra course and is appropriate for lecture, learning center, laboratory, or self-paced courses. It is accompanied by numerous useful supplements, including McGraw-Hill’s online homework management system, MathZone.
1 The Real Numbers
1.1 The Set of Real Numbers
1.2 Operations and Properties
1.3 Inequalities and Absolute Values
1.4 Algebraic Expressions
1.5 Properties of Exponents and Scientific Notation