9780131492622

Introductory Algebra

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  • ISBN13:

    9780131492622

  • ISBN10:

    0131492624

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2006
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Summary

Blitzer's mathematical rigor is combined with an engaging, friendly and often fun presentation for greater student appeal. Blitzer's exceptionally clear, accessible writing style combines the nuts and bolts students need with interesting and relevant examples.

Table of Contents

A Brief Guide to Getting the Most from This Book
Preface To The Student
About the Author
The Real Number System
Fractions
The Real Numbers
Ordered Pairs and Graphs
Basic Rules of Algebra Mid-Chapter Check Point
Addition of Real Numbers
Subtraction of Real Numbers
Multiplication and Division of Real Numbers
Exponents, Order of Operations, and Mathematical Models Group Project Summary Review Exercises Chapter Test
Linear Equations and Inequalities of One Variable
The Addition Property of Equality
The Multiplication Property of Equality
Solving Linear Equations
Formulas and Percents Mid-Chapter Check Point
An Introduction to Problem Solving
Solving Linear Inequalities Group Project Summary Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1- 2) Chapter Test
Problem Solving
Further Problem Solving
Ratio and Proportion Mid-Chapter Check Point
Problem Solving in Geometry Group Project Summary Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1- 3) Chapter Test
Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
Graphing Equations in Two Variables
Graphing Linear Equations Using Intercepts
Slope
The Slope-Intercept Form of the Equation of a Line Mid-Chapter Check Point
The Point-Slope Form of the Equation of a Line
Linear Inequalities in Two Variables Group Project Summary Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1- 4) Chapter Test
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by the Substitution Method
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by the Addition Method Mid-Chapter Check Point
Problem Solving Using Systems of Equations
Systems of Linear Inequalities Group Project Summary Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1- 5) Chapter Test
Exponents and Polynomials
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
Multiplying Polynomials
Special Products
Polynomials in Several Variables Mid-Chapter Check Point
Dividing Polynomials
Dividing Polynomials by Binomials
Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation Group Project Summary Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1- 6) Chapter Test
Factoring Polynomials
The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring By Grouping
Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading Coefficient Is One
Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading Coefficient Is Not One Mid-Chapter Check Point
Factoring Special Forms
A General Factoring Strategy
Solving Quadratic Equations By Factoring Group Project Summary Cumulative Review Exercises (Chapters 1- 7) Chapter Test <
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Excerpts

Introductory Algebra for College Students,Fourth Edition, provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the topics required in a one-term course in beginning or introductory algebra. The book is written for college students who have no previous experience in algebra and for those who need a review of basic algebraic concepts. I wrote the book to help diverse students, with different backgrounds and career plans, to succeed in beginning algebra.Introductory Algebra for College Students,Fourth Edition, has two primary goals: 1. To help students acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of algebra. 2. To show students how algebra can model and solve authentic real-world problems. One major obstacle in the way of achieving these goals is the fact that very few students actually read their textbook. This has been a regular source of frustration fro me and my colleagues in the classroom. Anecdotal evidence gathered over years highlights two basic reasons why students do not take advantage of their textbook: "I'll never use this information." "I can't follow the explanations." I've written every page of the Fourth Edition with the intent of eliminating these two objectives. The ideas and tools I've used to do so are described in the features that follow. These features and their benefits are highlighted for the student in "A Brief Guide to Getting the Most from this Book" that appears inside the front cover.

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