CliffsNotes Algebra II Practice Pack

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  • Copyright: 3/8/2010
  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN (A)

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The book is organized by topic, with problems and solutions throughout: Pretest at the beginning of workbook with answers; according to which answers they get wrong, readers are directed to different sections of the workbook (pinpoints where to begin for those using the book as a review). Chapters include explanatory problems/solutions throughout. Exam covering entire subject provided at workbook-end; answers provided Index

Author Biography

Mary Jane Sterling is a professor of mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She has been teaching mathematics for over thirty years.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The Basics.

Rules for Exponents.

Laws for Using Exponents.

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials.

Multiplying Polynomials.

The FOIL Method.

Special Products.

Special Product #1.

Special Product #2.

Special Product #3.

Special Product #4.

Dividing Polynomials.

Divisors with One Term.

Long Division.

Synthetic Division.

Chapter 2: Factoring and Solving Equations.

Greatest Common Factors and Factoring Binomials.

Greatest Common Factor.

Factoring Binomials.

Factoring Trinomials.

Factoring Other Polynomials.

Quadratic-Like Expressions.

Factoring by Grouping.

Solving Quadratic Equations.

Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring.

Solving Quadratic Equations with the Quadratic Formula.

Solving Quadratic Equations Using Completing the Square.

Solving Quadratic-Like Equations.

Quadratic and Other Inequalities.

Radical Equations with Quadratics.

Chapter 3: Function Operations and Transformations.

Functions and Function Notation.

Domain and Range.

Function Notation.

Function Operations.

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.

Composition of Functions.

Difference Quotient.

Inverse Functions.

Showing That Two Functions Are Inverses of One Another.

Solving for the Inverse of a Function.

Function Transformations.




Chapter 4:Polynomials.

Remainder Theorem.

Rational Root Theorem and Descartes’ Rule of Sign.

Rational Root Theorem.

Descartes’ Rule of Sign.

Upper and Lower Bounds.

Using a Graphing Calculator to Graph Lines and Polynomials.

Solving Equations and Inequalities Using Graphing.

Chapter 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.

Exponential Functions.

Form y = ax

Form y = ax

The Constant "e".

Compound Interest.

Logarithmic Functions.

Laws of Logarithms.

Applications of Logarithms.

Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations.

Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Inverses.

Chapter 6:Graphing.

Graphing Polynomials.

Graphing Rational Functions.

Graphing Radical Functions.

Graphing Absolute Value and Logarithmic Functions.

Graphing Functions Using Transformations.

Chapter 7: Other Equations.

Radical Equations and Conjugates.

Rationalizing a Denominator.

Radical Equations—Squaring More Than Once.

Complex Numbers.

Operations Involving Complex Numbers.

Quadratic Formula and Complex Numbers.

Rational Equations.


Chapter 8: Conic Sections.


Area and Circumference.

Standard Form.

Changing to the Standard Form Using Completing the Square.




Graphing Conics.

Writing Equations of Circles.

Chapter 9: Systems of Equations and Inequalities.

Solving Linear Systems Using the Addition Method.

Solving Linear Equations Using Substitution.

Solving Linear Equations Using Cramer's Rule.

Systems of Non-Linear Equations.

Story Problems Using Systems of Equations.

Systems of Inequalities.

Chapter 10: Systems of Linear Equations with Three or More Variables.

Addition Method.

Solving Linear Systems Using Matrices.

Operations on Matrices.

Addition and Subtraction of Matrices.

Scalar Multiplication.

Matrix Multiplication.

Inverse of a 2 x2 Matrix.

Applications of Systems of Linear Equations.

Customized Full-Length Exam.


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