Intermediate Algebra / Edition 11

Other Format (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $70.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 68%)
Other sellers (Other Format)
  • All (12) from $70.00   
  • New (5) from $196.70   
  • Used (7) from $70.00   


ALERT: Before you purchase, check with your instructor or review your course syllabus to ensure that you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, including customized versions for individual schools, and registrations are not transferable. In addition, you may need a CourseID, provided by your instructor, to register for and use Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products.


Access codes for Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products may not be included when purchasing or renting from companies other than Pearson; check with the seller before completing your purchase.

Used or rental books

If you rent or purchase a used book with an access code, the access code may have been redeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code.

Access codes

Access codes that are purchased from sellers other than Pearson carry a higher risk of being either the wrong ISBN or a previously redeemed code. Check with the seller prior to purchase.


This package consists of the textbook plus an access kit for MyMathLab/MyStatLab.

Is there anything more beautiful than an “A” in Algebra? Not to the Lial team! Marge Lial, John Hornsby, and Terry McGinnis write their textbooks and accompanying resources with one goal in mind: giving students and teachers all the tools they need to achieve success.

With this revision, the Lial team has further refined the presentation and exercises throughout the text. They offer several exciting new resources for students and teachers that will provide extra help when needed, regardless of the learning environment (classroom, lab, hybrid, online, etc)–new study skills activities in the text, an expanded video program available in MyMathLab and on the Video Resources on DVD, and more!

MyMathLab provides a wide range of homework, tutorial, and assessment tools that make it easy to manage your course online.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
This textbook reviews the mathematical symbols and operations of algebra, and reinforces function and graphing concepts for future courses. The authors cover polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic equations, and both linear and nonlinear systems. The eighth edition introduces functions and graphs of linear equations earlier in the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
New edition of a text that overlaps between typical beginning and intermediate algebra texts. Lial (American River College) and Hornsby (U. of New Orleans) have organized the 14 chapters to accommodate the early introduction of functions and graphing lines in a rectangular coordinate system, thus providing students with important concepts that will be an integral part of later mathematics courses. Subsequent chapters cover linear equations, lines and graphing, lines and inequalities, sequences and series, and other related topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321760173
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 792
  • Sales rank: 726,504
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marge Lial was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is affiliated with American River College. Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.

When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics education or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and fifteen years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for both teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum. John's personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh), and has been an avid baseball fan all of his life. John's other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

A native Midwesterner, Terry McGinnis received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Iowa State University. She has taught elementary and middle school mathematics, and developed and implemented the curriculum used with her students. Terry has been involved in college mathematics publishing for over 20 years, working with a variety of authors on textbooks in both developmental mathematics and precalculus. After working behind the scenes on many of the Lial/Hornsby textbooks and supplements for over 10 years, Terry joined Margaret Lial and John Hornsby in 2002 as coauthor of their developmental mathematics series that includes Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Introductory and Intermediate Algebra. When not working, Terry enjoys spinning at a local health club, walking, and reading fiction. She is the devoted mother of two sons, Andrew and Tyler.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Study Skills: Using Your Math Textbook

1. Review of the Real Number System

1.1 Basic Concepts

1.2 Operations on Real Numbers

1.3 Exponents, Roots, and Order of Operations

1.4 Properties of Real Numbers

Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 1 Review Exercises

Chapter 1 Test

Study Skills: Reading Your Math Textbook

2. Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Applications

2.1 Linear Equations in One Variable

Study Skills: Tackling Your Homework

2.2 Formulas and Percents

2.3 Applications of Linear Equations

Study Skills: Taking Lecture Notes

2.4 Further Applications of Linear Equations

Summary Exercises on Solving Applied Problems

2.5 Linear Inequalities in One Variable

Study Skills: Using Study Cards

2.6 Set Operations and Compound Inequalities

Study Skills: Using Study Cards Revisited

2.7 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

Study Skills: Reviewing a Chapter

Summary Exercises on Solving Linear and Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

Chapter 2 Summary

Chapter 2 Review Exercises

Chapter 2 Test

Chapters 1-2 Cumulative Review Exercises

3. Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions

3.1 The Rectangular Coordinate System

Study Skills: Managing Your Time

3.2 The Slope of a Line

3.3 Linear Equations in Two Variables

Summary Exercises on Slopes and Equations of Lines

3.4 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

3.5 Introduction to Relations and Functions

3.6 Function Notation and Linear Functions

Study Skills: Taking Math Tests

Chapter 3 Summary

Chapter 3 Review Exercises

Chapter 3 Test

Chapters 1-3 Cumulative Review Exercises

4. Systems of Linear Equations

4.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

Study Skills: Analyzing Your Test Results

4.2 Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables

4.3 Applications of Systems of Linear Equations

4.4 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Matrix Methods

Chapter 4 Summary

Chapter 4 Review Exercises

Chapter 4 Test

Chapters 1-4 Cumulative Review Exercises

5. Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions

5.1 Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation

5.2 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

5.3 Polynomial Functions, Graphs, and Composition

5.4 Multiplying Polynomials

5.5 Dividing Polynomials

Chapter 5 Summary

Chapter 5 Review Exercises

Chapter 5 Test

Chapters 1-5 Cumulative Review Exercises

6. Factoring

6.1 Greatest Common Factors and Factoring by Grouping

6.2 Factoring Trinomials

6.3 Special Factoring

6.4 A General Approach to Factoring

6.5 Solving Equations by Factoring

Chapter 6 Summary

Chapter 6 Review Exercises

Chapter 6 Test

Chapters 1-6 Cumulative Review Exercises

7. Rational Expressions and Functions

7.1 Rational Expressions and Functions; Multiplying and Dividing

7.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

7.3 Complex Fractions

7.4 Equations with Rational Expressions and Graphs

Summary Exercises on Rational Expressions and Equations

7.5 Applications of Rational Expressions

7.6 Variation

Chapter 7 Summary

Chapter 7 Review Exercises

Chapter 7 Test

Chapters 1-7 Cumulative Review Exercises

8. Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions

8.1 Radical Expressions and Graphs

8.2 Rational Exponents

8.3 Simplifying Radical Expressions

8.4 Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions

8.5 Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions

Summary Exercises on Operations with Radicals and Rational Exponents

8.6 Solving Equations with Radicals

8.7 Complex Numbers

Study Skills: Preparing for Your Math Final Exam

Chapter 8 Summary

Chapter 8 Review Exercises

Chapter 8 Test

Chapters 1-8 Cumulative Review Exercises

9. Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, and Functions

9.1 The Square Root Property and Completing the Square

9.2 The Quadratic Formula

9.3 Equations Quadratic in Form

Summary Exercises on Solving Quadratic Equations

9.4 Formulas and Further Applications

9.5 Graphs of Quadratic Functions

9.6 More about Parabolas and Their Applications

9.7 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities

Chapter 9 Summary

Chapter 9 Review Exercises

Chapter 9 Test

Chapters 1-9 Cumulative Review Exercises

10. Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions

10.1 Inverse Functions

10.2 Exponential Functions

10.3 Logarithmic Functions

10.4 Properties of Logarithms

10.5 Common and Natural Logarithms

10.6 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations; Further Applications

Chapter 10 Summary

Chapter 10 Review Exercises

Chapter 10 Test

Chapters 1-10 Cumulative Review Exercises

11. Nonlinear Functions, Conic Sections, and Nonlinear Systems

11.1 Additional Graphs of Functions

11.2 The Circle and the Ellipse

11.3 The Hyperbola and Functions Defined by Radicals

11.4 Nonlinear Systems of Equations

11.5 Second-Degree Inequalities and Systems of Inequalities

Chapter 11 Summary

Chapter 11 Review Exercises

Chapter 11 Test

Chapters 1-11 Cumulative Review Exercises

12. Sequences and Series

12.1 Sequences and Series

12.2 Arithmetic Sequences

12.3 Geometric Sequences

12.4 The Binomial Theorem

Chapter 12 Summary

Chapter 12 Review Exercises

Chapter 12 Test

Chapter 1-12 Cumulative Review Exercises

Appendix A: Determinants and Cramer's Rule

Appendix B: Synthetic Division

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)