KEY MESSAGE: The Lial series has helped thousands of readers succeed in developmental mathematics through its approachable writing style, relevant real-world examples, extensive exercise sets, and complete supplements package. The Real Number System; Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable; Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables: Functions; Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities; Exponents and Polynomials; Factoring and Applications; Rational Expressions and Applications; Roots and Radicals; Quadratic Equations For all readers interested in Beginning Algebra.

(*Note: Each chapter ends with a Group Activity, Summary, Review Exercises, a Chapter Test and, with the exception of Ch. 1, a Cumulative Review*).

** List of Applications. **

** Preface. **

** Feature Walkthrough. **

** 1. The Real Number System. **

Fractions.

Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequality.

Variables, Expressions, and Equations.

Real Numbers and the Number Line.

Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers.

Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers.

*Summary Exercises on Operations with Real Numbers*.

Properties of Real Numbers.

Simplifying Expressions.

** 2. Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable. ** The Addition Property of Equality.

The Multiplication Property of Equality.

More on Solving Linear Equations.

*Summary Exercises on Solving Linear Equations *.

An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equations.

Formulas and Applications from Geometry.

Ratios and Proportions.

More About Problem Solving.

Solving Linear Inequalities.

** 3. Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables; Functions. ** Reading Graphs; Linear Equations in Two Variables.

Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables.

The Slope of a Line.

Equations of a Line.

Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables.

Introduction to Functions.

** 4. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities. ** Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing.

Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution.

Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination.

*Summary Exercises on Solving Systems of Linear Equations*.

Applications of Linear Systems.

Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities.

** 5. Exponents and Polynomials. ** The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents.

Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule.

*Summary Exercises on the Rules for Exponents*.

An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation.

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials; Graphing Simple Polynomials.

Multiplying Polynomials.

Special Products.

Dividing Polynomials.

** 6. Factoring and Applications. ** The Greatest Common Factor; Factoring by Grouping.

Factoring Trinomials.

More on Factoring Trinomials.

Special Factoring Rules.

*Summary Exercises on Factoring*.

Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring.

Applications of Quadratic Equations.

** 7. Rational Expressions and Applications. ** The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions.

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions.

Least Common Denominators.

Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions.

Complex Fractions.

Solving Equations with Rational Expressions.

*Summary Exercises on Operations and Equations with Rational Expressions*.

Applications of Rational Expressions.

Variation.

** 8. Roots and Radicals. ** Evaluating Roots.

Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying Radicals.

Adding and Subtracting Radicals.

Rationalizing the Denominator.

More Simplifying and Operations with Radical.

*Summary Exercises on Operations with Radicals*.

Solving Equations with Radicals.

Using Rational Numbers as Exponents.

** 9. Quadratic Equations. ** Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property.

Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square.

Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula.

*Summary Exercises on Quadratic Equations*.

Complex Numbers.

More on Graphing Quadratic Equations; Quadratic Functions.

** Appendix A: An Introduction to Calculators. **** Appendix B: Review of Decimals and Percents. **** Appendix C: Sets. **** Appendix D: Mean, Median, and Mode. **** Appendix E: Solving Quadratic Inequalities. **** Answers to Selected Exercises. **** Glossary. **** Index. **