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)
6. Matrices and Determinants
6.1 Matrix Solutions to Linear Systems
6.2 Inconsistent and Dependent Systems and Their Applications
6.3 Matrix Operations and Their Applications
Mid-Chapter Check Point
6.4 Multiplicative Inverses of Matrices and Matrix Equations
6.5 Determinants and Cramer's Rule
SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST
REVIEW EXERCISES
CHAPTER 6 TEST
CUMULATIVE REVIEW EXERCISES (CHAPTERS 1-6)
7. Conic Sections
7.1 The Ellipse
7.2 The Hyperbola
Mid-Chapter Check Point
7.3 The Parabola
SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST
REVIEW EXERCISES
CHAPTER 7 TEST
CUMULATIVE REVIEW EXERCISES (CHAPTERS 1-7)
8. Sequences, Induction, and Probability
8.1 Sequences and Summation Notation
8.2 Arithmetic Sequences
8.3 Geometric Sequences and Series
Mid-Chapter Check Point
8.4 Mathematical Induction
8.5 The Binomial Theorem
8.6 Counting Principles, Permutations, and Combinations
8.7 Probability
SUMMARY, REVIEW, AND TEST
REVIEW EXERCISES
CHAPTER 8 TEST
CUMULATIVE REVIEW EXERCISES (CHAPTERS 1-8)
Appendix: Where Did That Come From? Selected Proofs
Answers to Selected Exercises
Subject Index
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