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Beecher, Penna, and Bittinger’s College Algebra is known for enabling students to “see the math” through its focus on visualization and early introduction to functions. With the Fifth Edition, the authors continue to innovate by creating and positioning review material to provide a more effective tool for teachers and students.
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About the Author
Judy Beecher has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Indiana University and a graduate degree in mathematics from Purdue University. She has taught at both the high school and college levels with many years of developmental math and precalculus teaching experience at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In addition to her career in textbook publishing, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, and promoting charity projects for a children's camp.
Judy Penna received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Kansas State University and her graduate degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois. Since then, she has taught at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and at Butler University, and continues to focus on writing quality textbooks for undergraduate mathematics students. In her free time she likes to travel, read, knit and spend time with her children.
Marvin Bittinger has been teaching math at the university level for more than thirty-eight years. Since 1968, he has been employed at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and is now professor emeritus of mathematics education. Professor Bittinger has authored over 190 publications on topics ranging from basic mathematics to algebra and trigonometry to applied calculus. He received his BA in mathematics from Manchester College and his PhD in mathematics education from Purdue University. Special honors include Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy and his election to the Manchester College Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1999. His hobbies include hiking in Utah, baseball, golf, and bowling. Professor Bittinger has also had the privilege of speaking at many mathematics conventions, most recently giving a lecture entitled "Baseball and Mathematics." In addition, he also has an interest in philosophy and theology, in particular, apologetics. Professor Bittinger currently lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife Elaine. He has two grown and married sons, Lowell and Chris, and four granddaughters.
Table of ContentsR. Basic Concepts of Algebra.
The Real-Number System.
Integer Exponents, Scientific Notation, and Order of Operations.
Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication of Polynomials.
Radical Notation and Rational Exponents.
1. Graphs, Functions, and Models.
Introduction to Graphing.
Functions and Graphs.
Linear Functions, Slope, and Applications.
Equations of Lines and Modeling.
More on Functions.
Symmetry and Transformations.
2. Functions, Equations, and Inequalities.
Linear Equations, Functions, and Models.
The Complex Numbers.
Quadratic Equations, Functions, and Models.
Analyzing Graphs of Quadratic Equations.
More Equation Solving.
Solving Linear Inequalities.
3. Polynomial and Rational Functions.
Polynomial Functions and Models.
Polynomial Division; The Remainder and Factor Theorems.
Theorems about Zeros of Polynomial Functions.
Polynomial and Rational Inequalities.
Variation and Applications.
4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
Composite and Inverse Functions.
Exponential Functions and Graphs.
Logarithmic Functions and Graphs.
Properties of Logarithmic Functions.
Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations.
Applications and Models: Growth and Decay.
5. Systems of Equations and Matrices.
Systems of Equations in Two Variables.
Systems of Equations in Three Variables.
Matrices and Systems of Equations.
Inverses of Matrices.
Determinants and Cramer's Rule.
Systems of Inequalities and Linear Programming.
6. Conic Sections.
TheCircle and the Ellipse.
Nonlinear Systems of Equations.
7. Sequences, Series, and Combinatorics.
Sequences and Series.
Arithmetic Sequences and Series.
Geometric Sequences and Series.
The Binomial Theorem.