Intermediate Algebra: Concepts Through Applications, Preview Edition / Edition 1

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INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS is designed to help college and university students apply traditional mathematical skills in real-world contexts. Research has shown that learning math skills in context helps students make better connections between mathematics and other disciplines and life. Therefore, this text is applications-driven and uses current technology to empower students while they master algebraic concepts, critical thinking, and math communication skills. The writing style is carefully geared to the learner's thinking process to emphasize and demonstrate how to think through a problem and apply the skills presented. The text is designed to be flexible, allowing the instructor to decide the best balance of applications, skills, and technology for their course.

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"I feel that this text will be user-friendly for the student. It is neither too formal, nor informal. I think the author has struck a good balance and has written a clear, mathematically sound text."

"I like the Skill Connection notes very much. A student can never be given enough opportunity to review, and it is nice to see the review notes placed directly in the text, adjacent to the body of the material, where it is easily picked out for review. Many times, when a review topic is inserted into the body of the text, and not specifically set aside, it is lost from the view of the student, and the power or effectiveness of the review is lost."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534492267
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/12/2005
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Clark graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor's and Master's in Mathematics. He is a full-time Associate Professor at Palomar College and has taught there for the past 13 years. He is committed to teaching his students through applications and using technology to help them both understand the mathematics in context and communicate their results clearly. Intermediate algebra is one of his favorite courses to teach, and he continues to teach several sections of this course each year. He has collaborated with his colleague Cynthia Anfinson to write a new intermediate and beginning algebra text published by Cengage Learning—Brooks/Cole. It is an applications-first approach to algebra; applications and concepts drive the material, supported by traditional skills and techniques.

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Table of Contents

1. LINEAR FUNCTIONS. Solving Linear Equations. Using Data to Create Scattergrams. Introduction to Linear Equations. Finding Linear Models. Functions. Combining Functions. Summary. Review Exercises. Test. Projects. 2. INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Introduction to Systems. Solving Systems Algebraically. Solving Systems as Inequalities. Solving Systems of Inequalities. Summary. Review Exercises. Test. Projects. Cumulative Review Chapter 1-2. 3. QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS. Introduction to Quadratics. Graphing Quadratics in Vertex Form. Finding Quadratic Models. Solving Quadratic Equations I. Solving Quadratic Equations II. Graphing from Standard Form. Polynomial Arithmetic. Summary. Review Exercises. Test. Projects. 4. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Introduction to Exponentials. Rules for Exponents. Finding Exponential Models. Introduction to Inverses. Introduction to Logarithms. Properties of Logarithms. Solving Exponential Equations. Solving Logarithm Equations. Summary. Review Exercises. Test. Projects. Cumulative Review Chapter 1-4. 5. RATIONAL FUNCTIONS. Introduction to Rational Functions. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions. Solving Rational Equations. Summary. Review Exercises. Test. Projects. 6. RADICAL FUNCTIONS. Introduction to Radical Functions. Simplifying, Adding and Subtracting Radicals. Multiplying and Dividing Radicals. Solving Radical Equations. Complex Numbers. Summary. Review Exercises. Test. Projects. Cumulative Review Chapter 1-6. Appendix: Review of Numbers. Review of Solving Linear Equations. Special Types of Factoring. Exponent Rules.

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