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  • Edition: 13th
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  • Copyright: 2019-02-05
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Beginning Algebra.

Balancing skills and concepts

The Lial Developmental Algebra Series uses a teacherly writing style and a careful blend of skills development and conceptual questions to meet the unique needs of the developmental math student. The author team takes advantage of experiences in the classroom and an editing eye to offer one of the most well-rounded series available, written with the developmental learner in mind. In this revision, the team retains their hallmark writing style, and provides new features and resources to optimize student preparedness and conceptual understanding. The Lial program provides students with the perfect balance of skills and concepts for a student-friendly approach to math.

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Author Biography

Marge Lial (late) was always 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, was affiliated with American River College. An avid reader and traveler, her travel experiences often found their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. Her interest in archeology led to trips to various digs and ruin sites, producing 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), and has been an avid 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.


A native Midwesterner, Terry McGinnis received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Iowa State University. She has taught elementary and middle school mathematics, and developed and implemented the curriculum used with her students. Terry has been involved in college mathematics publishing for over 20 years, working with a variety of authors on textbooks in both developmental mathematics and precalculus. After working behind the scenes on many of the Lial/Hornsby textbooks and supplements for over 10 years, Terry joined Margaret Lial and John Hornsby in 2002 as coauthor of their developmental mathematics series. When not working, Terry enjoys spinning at a local health club, walking, and reading fiction. She is the devoted mother of two sons, Andrew and Tyler.


Callie Daniels has always had a passion for learning mathematics and brings that passion into the classroom with her students. She attended the University of the Ozarks where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. She has two master’s degrees: one in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Missouri—Rolla, the second in Adult Education from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Her professional interests include improving success in the community college mathematics sequence, using technology to enhance students’ understanding of mathematics, and creating materials that support classroom teaching and student understanding. She is able to pursue these interests as a contributor on the Lial Developmental Math series, and a co-author on the Precalculus series.

Table of Contents

Study Skill 1: Using Your Math Text

Study Skill 2: Reading Your Math Text

Study Skill 3: Taking Lecture Notes

Study Skill 4: Completing Your Homework

Study Skill 5: Using Study Cards

Study Skill 6: Managing Your Time

Study Skill 7: Reviewing a Chapter

Study Skill 8: Taking Math Tests

Study Skill 9: Analyzing Your Test Results

Study Skill 10: Preparing for Your Math Final

R. Prealgebra Review
R.1 Fractions
R.2 Decimals and Percents

1. The Real Number System
1.1 Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequality
1.2 Variables, Expressions, and Equations
1.3 Real Numbers and the Number Line
1.4 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers
1.5 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
            Summary Exercises: Performing Operations with Real Numbers
1.6 Properties of Real Numbers
1.7 Simplifying Expressions
            Chapter 1 Summary
            Chapter 1 Review Exercises
            Chapter 1 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 1 Test

     Chapters R and 1 Cumulative Review Exercises

2. Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
2.1 The Addition Property of Equality
2.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality
2.3 Solving Linear Equations Using Both Properties of Equality
2.4 Clearing Fractions and Decimals When Solving Linear Equations

            Summary Exercises: Applying Methods for Solving Linear Equations

2.5 Applications of Linear Equations
2.6 Formulas and Additional Applications from Geometry
2.7 Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
2.8 Further Applications of Linear Equations
2.9 Solving Linear Inequalities
            Chapter 2 Summary
            Chapter 2 Review Exercises
            Chapter 2 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 2 Test
            Chapters R—2 Cumulative Review Exercises

3. Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables; Functions
3.1 Linear Equations and Rectangular Coordinates
3.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables
3.3 The Slope of a Line
3.4 Slope-Intercept Form of a Linear Equation
3.5 Point-Slope Form of a Linear Equation and Modeling
            Summary Exercises: Applying Graphing and Equation-Writing Techniques for Lines
3.6 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
3.7 Introduction to Functions
            Chapter 3 Summary
            Chapter 3 Review Exercises
            Chapter 3 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 3 Test
            Chapters R—3 Cumulative Review Exercises

4. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination
            Summary Exercises: Applying Techniques for Solving Systems of Linear Equations
4.4 Applications of Linear Systems
4.5 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities
            Chapter 4 Summary
            Chapter 4 Review Exercises
            Chapter 4 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 4 Test
            Chapters R—4 Cumulative Review Exercises

5. Exponents and Polynomials
5.1 The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents
5.2 Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule
5.3 Scientific Notation
5.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Graphing Polynomials
5.5 Multiplying Polynomials
5.6 Special Products
5.7 Dividing Polynomials
            Chapter 5 Summary
            Chapter 5 Review Exercises
            Chapter 5 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 5 Test
            Chapters R—5 Cumulative Review Exercises

6. Factoring and Applications
6.1 The Greatest Common Factors; Factoring by Grouping
6.2 Factoring Trinomials
6.3 More on Factoring Trinomials
6.4 Special Factoring Techniques
            Summary Exercises: Recognizing and Applying Factoring Strategies
6.5 Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Zero-Factor Property
6.6 Applications of Quadratic Equations
            Chapter 6 Summary
            Chapter 6 Review Exercises
            Chapter 6 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 6 Test
            Chapters R—6 Cumulative Review Exercises

7. Rational Expressions and Applications
7.1 The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions
7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
7.3 Least Common Denominators
7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
7.5 Complex Fractions
7.6 Solving Equations with Rational Expressions
            Summary Exercises: Simplifying Rational Expressions vs. Solving Rational Equations
7.7 Applications of Rational Expressions
7.8 Variation
            Chapter 7 Summary
            Chapter 7 Review Exercises
            Chapter 7 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 7 Test
            Chapters R—7 Cumulative Review Exercises

8. Roots and Radicals
8.1 Evaluating Roots
8.2 Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying Radicals
8.3 Adding and Subtracting Radicals
8.4 Rationalizing the Denominator
8.5 More Simplifying and Operations with Radicals
            Summary Exercises: Applying Operations with Radicals
8.6 Solving Equations with Radicals
            Chapter 8 Summary
            Chapter 8 Review Exercises
            Chapter 8 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 8 Test
            Chapters R—8 Cumulative Review Exercises

9. Quadratic Equations
9.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property
9.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
9.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
            Summary Exercises: Applying Methods for Solving Quadratic Equations
9.4 Graphing Quadratic Equations
            Chapter 9 Summary
            Chapter 9 Review Exercises
            Chapter 9 Mixed Review Exercises
            Chapter 9 Test
            Chapters R—9 Cumulative Review Exercises

Answers to Selected Exercises

Additional topics available in MyLab™ Math: Using Rational Numbers as Exponents; Complex Numbers; Sets; Introduction to Calculators

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