Bob Blitzer has inspired thousands of studentswith his engaging approach to mathematics, making this beloved series the #1 in the market. Blitzer draws on his unique background in mathematics and behavioral science to present the full scope of mathematics with vivid applications in real-life situations. Students stay engaged because Blitzer often uses pop-culture and up-to-date references to connect math to students' lives, showing that their world is profoundly mathematical.

**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*, *Precalculus*, and Trigonometry all published by Pearson.

**P. Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra**

P.1 Algebraic Expressions, Mathematical Models, and Real Numbers

P.2 Exponents and Scientific Notation

P.3 Radicals and Rational Exponents

P.4 Polynomials

Mid-Chapter Check Point

P.5 Factoring Polynomials

P.6 Rational Expressions

SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST

REVIEW EXERCISES

CHAPTER P TEST

**1. Equations and Inequalities**

1.1 Graphs and Graphing Utilities

1.2 Linear Equations and Rational Equations

1.3 Models and Applications

1.4 Complex Numbers

1.5 Quadratic Equations

Mid-Chapter Check Point

1.6 Other Types of Equations

1.7 Linear Inequalities and Absolute Value Inequalities

SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST

REVIEW EXERCISES

CHAPTER 1 TEST

**2. Functions and Graphs**

2.1 Basics of Functions and Their Graphs

2.2 More on Functions and Their Graphs

2.3 Linear Functions and Slope

2.4 More on Slope

Mid-Chapter Check Point

2.5 Transformations of Functions

2.6 Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions

2.7 Inverse Functions

2.8 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles

SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST

REVIEW EXERCISES

CHAPTER 2 TEST

CUMULATIVE REVIEW EXERCISES (CHAPTERS 1-2)

**3. Polynomial and Rational Functions**

3.1 Quadratic Functions

3.2 Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs

3.3 Dividing Polynomials; Remainder and Factor Theorems

3.4 Zeros of Polynomial Functions

Mid-Chapter Check Point

3.5 Rational Functions and Their Graphs

3.6 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities

3.7 Modeling Using Variation

SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST

REVIEW EXERCISES

CHAPTER 3 TEST

CUMULATIVE REVIEW EXERCISES (CHAPTERS 1-3) 410

**4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions**

4.1 Exponential Functions

4.2 Logarithmic Functions

4.3 Properties of Logarithms

Mid-Chapter Check Point

4.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

4.5 Exponential Growth and Decay; Modeling Data

SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST

REVIEW EXERCISES

CHAPTER 4 TEST

CUMULATIVE REVIEW EXERCISES (CHAPTERS 1-4)

**5. Systems of Equations and Inequalities**

5.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

5.2 Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables

5.3 Partial Fractions

5.4 Systems of Nonlinear Equations in Two Variables

Mid-Chapter Check Point

5.5 Systems of Inequalities

5.6 Linear Programming

SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST

REVIEW EXERCISES

CHAPTER 5 TEST

CUMULATIVE REVIEW EXERCISES (CHAPTERS 1-5)

Appendix: Where Did That Come From? Selected Proofs

Answers to Selected Exercises

Subject Index

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