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Bob Blitzer is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob’s love for teaching mathematics was nourished for nearly 30 years at Miami Dade College, where he received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College and an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. In addition to Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Bob has written textbooks covering introductory algebra, college algebra, algebra and trigonometry, precalculus, and liberal arts mathematics, all published by Prentice Hall. When not secluded in his Northern California writer’s cabin, Bob can be found hiking the beaches and trails of Point Reyes National Seashore, and tending to the chores required by his beloved entourage of horses, chickens, and irritable roosters.
A Brief Guide to Getting the Most from This Book | |
Preface | |
To The Student | |
About the Author | |
Algebra, Mathematical Models, and Problem Solving | |
Algebraic Expressions and Real Numbers | |
Operations with Real Numbers and Simplifying Algebraic Expressions | |
Graphing Equations | |
Solving Linear Equations | |
Mid-Chapter Check Point Section 1.1 Section 1.4 | |
Problem Solving and Using Formulas | |
Properties of Integral Exponents | |
Scientific Notation | |
Group Project | |
Summary | |
Review Exercises | |
Test | |
Functions and Linear Functions | |
Introduction to Functions | |
Graphs of Functions | |
The Algebra of Functions | |
Mid-Chapter Check Point Section 2.1 Section 2.3 | |
Linear Functions and Slope | |
The Point-Slope Form of the Equation of a Line | |
Group Project | |
Summary | |
Review Exercises | |
Test | |
Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1 2) | |
Systems of Linear Equations | |
Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables | |
Problem Solving and Business Applications Using Systems of Equations | |
Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables | |
Mid-Chapter Check Point Section 3.1 Section 3.3 | |
Matrix Solutions to Linear Systems | |
Determinants and Cramer's Rule | |
Group Project | |
Summary | |
Review Exercises | |
Test | |
Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1 3) | |
Inequalities and Problem Solving | |
Solving Linear Inequalities | |
Compound Inequalities | |
Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value | |
Linear Inequalities in Two Variables | |
Linear Programming | |
Group Project | |
Summary | |
Review Exercises | |
Test | |
Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1 4) | |
Polynomials, Polynomial Functions, and Factoring | |
Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions | |
Multiplication of Polynomials | |
Greatest Common Factors and Factoring By Grouping | |
Factoring Trinomials | |
Mid-Chapter Check Point Section 5.1 Section 5.4 | |
Factoring Special Forms | |
A General Factoring Strategy | |
Polynomial Equations and Their Applications | |
Group Project | |
Summary | |
Review Exercises | |
Test | |
Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1 5) | |
Rational Expressions, Functions, and Equations | |
Rational Expressions and Functions: Multiplying and Dividing | |
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions | |
Complex Rational Expressions | |
Division of Polynomials | |
Mid-Chapter Check Point Section 6.1 Section 6.4 | |
Synthetic Division and the Remainder Theorem | |
Rational Equations | |
Formulas and Applications of Rational Equations | |
Modeling Using Variation | |
Group Project | |
Summary | |
Review Exercises | |
Test | |
Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1 6) | |
Radicals, Radical Functions, and Rational Exponents | |
Radical Expressions and Functions | |
Rational Exponents | |
Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions | |
Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions | |
Mid-Chapter Check Point Section 7.1 Section 7.4 | |
Multiplying with More Than One Term and Rationalizing Denominators | |
Radical Equations | |
Complex Numbers | |
Group Project | |
Summary | |
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