College Algebra Essentials

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/28/2008
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Normal 0 false false false Bob Blitzerrs"sunique background in mathematics and behavioral sciences, along with his commitment to teaching, inspired him to develop a precalculus series that gets readers engaged and keeps them engaged. Presenting the full scope of the mathematics is just the first step. Blitzer draws in the reader with vivid applications that use math to solve real-life problems. These applications help answer the question "When will I ever use this?" Readers stay engaged because the book helps them remain focused as they study. The three-step learning systemSee It, Hear It, Try Itmakes examples easy to follow, while frequent annotations offer the support and guidance of an instructorrs"s voice. Every page is interesting and relevant, ensuring that readers will actually use their textbook to achieve success! Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra; Equations and Inequalities; Functions and Graphs; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Matrices and Determinants; Conic Sections; Sequences, Induction, and Probability For all readers interested in college algebra.

Author Biography

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 is most energized by teaching mathematics and has taught a variety of mathematics courses at Miami-Dade College for nearly 30 years. He has received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College, and was among the first group of recipients at Miami-Dade College for an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. Bob has written Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Algebra for College Students, Thinking Mathematically, College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, and Precalculus, all published by Pearson Prentice Hall.

Table of Contents

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Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra
P.1 Algebraic Expressions, Mathematical Models, and Real Numbers
Evaluate algebraic expressions
Use mathematical models
Find the intersection of two sets
Find the union of two sets
Recognize subsets of the real numbers
Use inequality symbols
Evaluate absolute value
Use absolute value to express distance
Identify properties of the real numbers
Simplify algebraic expressions
P.2 Exponents and Scientific Notation
Use the product rule
Use the quotient rule
Use the zero-exponent rule
Use the negative-exponent rule
Use the power rule
Find the power of a product
Find the power of a quotient
Simplify exponential expressions
Use scientific notation
P.3 Radicals and Rational Exponents
Evaluate square roots
Simplify expressions of the form?a2
Use the product rule to simplify square roots
Use the quotient rule to simplify square roots
Add and subtract square roots
Rationalize denominators
Evaluate and perform operations with higher roots
Understand and use rational exponents
P.4 Polynomials
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