College Algebra in Context with Applications for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-28
  • Publisher: Pearson
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KEY BENEFIT: Harshbarger/Yoccors"sCollege Algebra in Context with Applications for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences, Third Editionuses modeling and real-data problems to develop the skills that readers will need for their future courses and careers. Applications anticipate the math that readers will encounter in their professional lives, giving them the practice they need to become adept problem-solvers. Every chapter begins with the Algebra Toolbox, which reviews the skills and concepts necessary to master the material ahead. This new full-color edition offers a greater number of technology tips, and the content has been reorganized to accommodate a wide range of course syllabi. KEY TOPICS: Functions, Graphs, and Models; Linear Models, Equations and Inequalities; Quadratic and Other Nonlinear Functions; Additional Topics with Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Higher-Degree Polynomial and Rational Functions; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Matrices; Special Topics MARKET: For all readers interested in college algebra.

Author Biography

Ron Harshbarger got his BS from Shippensburg State, an MST from the University of New Hampshire, did graduate work at Penn State University, and received a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. During a long and highly successful career at Penn State University, Dr. Harshbarger received both teaching and advising awards. At Georgia Southern University, he taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics, developed five new mathematics courses, and created the mathematics component for a new doctoral degree.


At the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Dr. Harshbarger was named Professor of the year in 1999. In 2000, Professor Harshbarger was named the Governor’s Professor of the Year for the State of South Carolina. In 2001, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees named him the Trustee Professor of the Year. In 2002, he received the Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics. He was nominated for the 2003 Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, a national award given by the Mathematical Association of America. In 2003, he was also named Professor of the Year at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and given the Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award for the state of South Carolina.


Lisa Yocco received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Augusta State University and her graduate degree in mathematics education from Florida State University. She has taught at both the college level and the high school level for twenty years, with her most recent experience at Georgia Southern University. She has co-authored several manuals in mathematics and graphing calculators and has presented workshops and papers at numerous conferences. In addition to her textbook writing and teaching, she enjoys spending time with her three children, cooking, and working on interior decorating.

Table of Contents

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Functions, Graphs, and Models
Algebra Toolbox
The Real Numbers
Inequalities and Intervals on the Real Number Line
Algebraic Expressions
Removing Parentheses
The Coordinate System
Functions and Models
Function Definitions
Domains and Ranges
Tests for Functions
Functional Notation
Mathematical Models
Graphs of Functions
Graphs of Functions
Graphing with Technology
Aligning Data
Determining Viewing windows
Graphing Data Points
Linear Functions
Linear Functions
Slope of a Line
Slope andy-Intercept of a Line
Constant Rate of Change
Revenue, Cost, and Profit
Special Linear Functions
Equations of Lines
Writing Equations of Lines
Vertical and Horizontal Lines
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Average Rate of Change
Approximately Line
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