Intermediate Algebra

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/23/2008
  • Publisher: Pearson
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KEY MESSAGE: Elayn Martin-Gay's developmental math textbooks and video resources are motivated by her firm belief that every student can succeed. Martin-Gay's focus on the student shapes her clear, accessible writing, inspires her constant pedagogical innovations, and contributes to the popularity and effectiveness of her video resources. This revision of Martin-Gay's algebra series continues her focus on students and what they need to be successful. Martin-Gay also strives to provide the highest level of instructor and adjunct support. KEY TOPICS: Real Numbers And Algebraic Expressions; Equations, Inequalities, And Problem Solving; Graphs and Functions; Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities; Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions; Rational Expressions; Rational Exponents, Radicals, and Complex Numbers; Quadratic Equations and Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Conic Sections; Sequences, Series, and the Binomial Theorem MARKET: For all readers interested in intermediate algebra, and for all readers learning or revisiting essential skills in intermediate algebra through the use of lively and up-to-date applications.

Author Biography

An award-winning instructor and best-selling author, Elayn Martin-Gay has taught mathematics at the University of New Orleans for more than 25 years. Her numerous teaching awards include the local University Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Developmental Educator at University of New Orleans, presented by the Louisiana Association of Developmental Educators.


Prior to writing textbooks, Elayn developed an acclaimed series of lecture videos to support developmental mathematics students in their quest for success. These highly successful videos originally served as the foundation material for her texts. Today, the videos are specific to each book in the Martin-Gay series. Elayn also pioneered the Chapter Test Prep Video to help students as they prepare for a test–their most “teachable moment!”


Elayn’s experience has made her aware of how busy instructors are and what a difference quality support makes. For this reason, she created the Instructor-to-Instructor video series. These videos provide instructors with suggestions for presenting specific math topics and concepts in basic mathematics, Prealgebra, beginning algebra, and intermediate algebra. Seasoned instructors can use them as a source for alternate approaches in the classroom. New or adjunct faculty may find the CDs useful for review.


Her textbooks and acclaimed video program support Elayn's passion of helping every student to succeed.

Table of Contents

Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions
Tips for Success in Mathematics
Algebraic Expressions and Sets of Numbers
Operations on Real Numbers
Integrated Review - Algebraic Expressions and Operations on Whole Numbers
Properties of Real Numbers
Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
Linear Equations in One Variable
An Introduction to Problem Solving
Formulas and Problem Solving
Linear Inequalities and Problem Solving
Integrated Review - Linear Equations and Inequalities
Compound Inequalities
Absolute Value Equations
Absolute Value Inequalities
Graphs and Functions
Graphing Equations
Introduction to Functions
Graphing Linear Functions
The Slope of a Line
Equations of Lines
Integrated Review - Linear Equations in Two Variables
Graphing Piecewise-Defined Functions and Shifting and Reflecting Graphs of Functions
Graphing Linear Inequalities
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving
Integrated Review - Systems of Linear Equations
Solving Systems of Equations by Matrices
Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities
Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions
Exponents and Scientific Notation
More Work with Exponents and Scientific Notation
Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
Multiplying Polynomials
The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping
Factoring Trinomials
Factoring by Special Products
Integrated Review - Operations on Polynomials and Factoring Strategies
Solving Equations by Factoring and Problem Solving
Rational Expressions
Rational Functions and Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Simplifying Complex Fractions
Dividing Polynomials: Long Divisions and Synthetic Division
Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions
Integrated Review - Expressions and Equations Containing Rational Expressions
Rational Equations and Problem Solving
Variation and Problem Solving
Rational Exponents, Radicals, and Complex Numbers
Radicals and Radical Functions
Rational Exponents
Simplifying Radical Expressions
Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Radical Expressions
Rationalizing Denominators and Numerators of Radical Expressions
Integrated Review - Radicals and Rational Exponents
Radical Equations and Problem Solving
Complex Numbers
Quadratic Equations and Functions
Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
Solving Equations by Using Quadratic Methods
Integrated Review - Summary on Solving Quadratic Equations
Nonlinear Inequalities in One Variable
Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
Further Graphing of Quadratic Functions
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
The Algebra of Functions; Composite Functions
Inverse Functions
Exponential Functions
Logarithmic Functions
Properties of Logarithms
Integrated Review - Functions and Properties of Logarithms
Common Logarithms, Natural Logarithms, and Change of Base
Exponential and Logarithmic Equations and Applications
Conic Sections
The Parabola and t<$$$>
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