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# Introductory Algebra through Applications

**by**Akst, Geoffrey; Bragg, Sadie

2nd

### 9780321518026

0321518020

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1/8/2008

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## Summary

Presented in a clear and concise style, theAkst/Braggseries teaches by example while expanding understanding with applications that are fully integrated throughout the text and exercise sets. Akst/Braggrs"s user-friendly design offers a distinctive side-by-side format that pairs each example and its solution with a corresponding practice exercise. The concise writing style keeps studentsrs" interest and attention by presenting the mathematics with minimal distractions, and the motivating real-world applications demonstrate how integral mathematical understanding is to a variety of disciplines, careers, and everyday situations.

## Author Biography

Geoffrey Akst and Sadie Bragg have worked together for many years as professors of mathematics at Borough of Manhattan Community College/City University of New York. They met as graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University, where they were both working on degrees in the teaching of college mathematics. The emphasis on applications in their texts reflects a concern they share for helping students understand why the topics to be studied are useful. Dr. Akst for years has begun his classes with the payoff question: why is this material worth learning? A native New Yorker, he enjoys surfing the Web, listening to good music, and traveling to exciting places. Dr. Bragg, who began her career in math education as a high school geometry teacher, credits her teachers with inspiring her love for mathematics and an appreciation of its utility. A transplanted Virginian, she spends her time with her family and her beautiful granddaughter, Maya.

## Table of Contents

Preface | |

Walk-Through | |

Index of Applications | |

Prealgebra Review | |

Exponents and Order of Operations | |

Factors, Primes, and Least Common Multiples | |

Fractions | |

Decimals | |

Percent Conversions | |

Introduction to Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions | |

Integers, Rational Numbers, and the Real-Number Line | |

Addition of Real Numbers | |

Subtraction of Real Numbers | |

Multiplication of Real Numbers | |

Division of Real Numbers | |

Algebraic Expressions, Translations, and Exponents | |

Evaluating Algebraic Expressions and Formulas | |

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions | |

Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities | |

Solving Linear Equations: The Addition Property | |

Solving Linear Equations: The Multiplication Property | |

Solving Linear Equations by Combining Properties | |

Solving Literal Equations and Formulas | |

Solving Equations Involving Percent | |

Solving Inequalities | |

Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities | |

Introduction to Graphing | |

Slope | |

Linear Equations and Their Graphs | |

More on Linear Equations and Their Graphs | |

Linear Inequalities and Their Graphs | |

Solving Systems of Linear Equations | |

Introduction to Systems of Linear Equations: Solving by Graphing | |

Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution | |

Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination | |

Exponents and Polynomials | |

Laws of Exponents | |

More Laws of Exponents and Scientific Notation | |

Basic Concepts of Polynomials | |

Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials | |

Multiplication of Polynomials | |

Special Products | |

Division of Polynomials | |

Factoring Polynomials | |

Common Factoring and Factoring by Grouping | |

Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading Coefficient Is | |

Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading Coefficient Is Not | |

Factoring Perfect Square Trinomials and the Difference of Squares | |

Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring | |

Rational Expressions and Equations | |

Rational Expressions | |

Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions | |

Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions | |

Complex Rational Expressions | |

Solving Rational Equations | |

Ratio and Proportion | |

Radical Expressions and Equations | |

Introduction to Radical Expressions | |

Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions | |

Multiplication and Division of Radical Expressions | |

Solving Radical Equations | |

Quadratic Equations | |

Solving Quadratic Equations by Using the Square Root Property | |

Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square | |

Solving Quadratic Equations by Using the Quadratic Formula | |

Graphing Quadratic Equations in Two Variables | |

Answers | |

Glossary | |

Index | |

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