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Key Benefit:Essentials of College Algebraby Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider, gives readers a solid foundation in the basic functions of college algebra and their graphs, starting with a strong review of intermediate algebra concepts and ending with an introduction to systems and matrices. This brief version of theCollege Algebra, Tenth Editionhas been specifically designed to provide a more compact and less expensive book for courses that do not include the more advanced topics covered in the longer book. Focused on helping readers develop both the conceptual understanding and the analytical skills necessary to experience success in mathematics, the authors present each mathematical topic in this text using a carefully developed learning system to actively engage students in the learning process. The book addresses the diverse needs of today's students through a clear design, current figures and graphs, helpful features, careful explanations of topics, and a comprehensive package of supplements and study aids. Key Topics: R. Review of Basic Concepts, Sets, Real Numbers and Their Properties, Polynomials, Factoring Polynomials, Rational Expressions, Rational Exponents, Radical Expressions, Equations and Inequalities, Linear Equations, Applications and Modeling with Linear Equations, Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Applications and Modeling with Quadratic Equations, Other Types of Equations and Applications, Inequalities, Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities, Graphs and Functions, Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs, Circles, Functions, Linear Functions, Equations of Lines; Curve Fitting, Graphs of Basic Functions, Graphing Techniques, Function Operations and Composition, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Quadratic Functions and Models, Synthetic Division, Zeros of Polynomial Functions, Polynomial Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models, Rational Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models, Variation, Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions, Inverse Functions, Exponential Functions, Logarithmic Functions, Evaluating Logarithms and the Change-of-Base Theorem, Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, Applications and Models of Exponential Growth and Decay, Systems and Matrices, Systems of Linear Equations, Matrix Solution of Linear Systems, Determinant Solution of Linear Systems, Partial Fractions, Nonlinear Systems of Equations, Systems of Inequalities and Linear Programming, Properties of Matrices, Matrix Inverses, Glossary, Solutions to Selected Exercises, Answers to Selected Exercises, Index of Applications, Index Market Description:Intended for readers who are interested in learning the basics of college algebra

Author Biography

Marge Lial has always been interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge’s intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is now affiliated with American River College. Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.

When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics, education, or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and fifteen years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for both teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum. John's personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh). He has been a rabid baseball fan all of his life. John’s other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


David Schneider has taught mathematics at universities for over 34 years and has authored 36 books. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oberlin College and a PhD in mathematics from MIT. During most of his professional career, he was on the faculty of the University of Maryland–College Park. His hobbies include travel, dancing, bicycling, and hiking.

Table of Contents

R. Review of Basic Concepts


Real Numbers and Their Properties


Factoring Polynomials

Rational Expressions

Rational Exponents

Radical Expressions

1. Equations and Inequalities

Linear Equations

Applications and Modeling with Linear Equations

Complex Numbers

Quadratic Equations

Applications and Modeling with Quadratic Equations

Other Types of Equations and Applications


Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

2. Graphs and Functions

Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs



Linear Functions

Equations of Lines; Curve Fitting

Graphs of Basic Functions

Graphing Techniques

Function Operations and Composition

3. Polynomial and Rational Functions

Quadratic Functions and Models

Synthetic Division

Zeros of Polynomial Functions

Polynomial Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models

Rational Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models


4. Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions

Inverse Functions

Exponential Functions

Logarithmic Functions

Evaluating Logarithms and the Change-of-Base Theorem

Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

Applications and Models of Exponential Growth and Decay

5. Systems and Matrices

Systems of Linear Equations

Matrix Solution of Linear Systems

Determinant Solution of Linear Systems

Partial Fractions

Nonlinear Systems of Equations

Systems of Inequalities and Linear Programming

Properties of Matrices

Matrix Inverses

Solutions to Selected Exercises
Answers to Selected Exercises
Index of Applications

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