Introductory Algebra

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-28
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For all readers interested in beginning algebra.

The Lial series has helped thousands of students succeed in developmental mathematics through its approachable writing style, supportive pedagogy, varied exercise sets, and complete supplements package. With this new edition, the authors continue to provide students and instructors with the best package for learning and teaching support–a book written with student success as its top priority, now with an emphasis on study skills growth and an expanded instructor supplements package.

Prealgebra Review; The Real Number System; Equations, Inequalities, and Applications; Graphs of Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Exponents and Polynomials; Factoring and Applications; Rational Expressions and Applications; Roots and Radicals; Quadratic Equations.

Author Biography

Marge Lial 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, is affiliated with American River College. Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced 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). He has been a rabid 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 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 that includes Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Introductory and Intermediate Algebra. 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.

Table of Contents

Study Skills: Your Brain Can Learn Mathematics
Prealgebra Review
Decimals and Percents
Study Skills: Using Your Textbook
The Real Number System
Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequality
Study Skills: Homework: How, Why, When
Variables, Expressions, and Equations
Study Skills: Taking Lecture Notes
Real Numbers and the Number Line
Study Skills: Using Study Cards
Adding Real Numbers
Subtracting Real Numbers
Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
Summary Exercises on Operations with Real Numbers
Properties of Real Numbers
Simplifying Expressions
Study Skills: Reviewing a Chapter
Review Exercises
Study Skills: Preparing for Tests
Equations, Inequalities, and Applications
The Addition Property of Equality
The Multiplication Property of Equality
More on Solving Linear Equations
Study Skills: Using Study Cards: Revisited
Summary Exercises on Solving Linear Equations
An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equations
Formulas and Additional Applications from Geometry
Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
Summary Exercises on Solving Applied Problems
Solving Linear Inequalities
Study Skills: Managing Your Time
Review Exercises
Cumulative Review Exercises
Study Skills: Taking Tests
Graphs of Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
Reading Graphs; Linear Equations in Two Variables
Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables
Slope of a Line
Equations of Lines
Summary Exercises on Graphing Linear Equations
Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
Review Exercises
Cumulative Review Exercises
Study Skills: Analyzing Your Test Results
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination
Summary Exercises on Solving Systems of Linear Equations
Applications of Linear Systems
Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities
Review Exercises
Cumulative Review Exercises
Exponents and Polynomials
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents
Multiplying Polynomials
Special Products
Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule
Summary Exercises on the Rules for Exponents
Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial
Dividing a Polynomial by a Polynomial
An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation
Review Exercises
Cumulative Review Exercises
Factoring and Applications
Factors; The Greatest Common Factor
Factoring Trinomials
Factoring Trinomials by Grouping
Factoring Trinomials Using FOIL
Special Factoring Techniques
Summary Exercises on Factoring
Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
Applications of Quadratic Equations
Review Exercises
Cumulative Review Exercises
Rational Expressions and Applications
The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions
Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
Study Skills: Making a Mind Map
Least Common Denominators
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Complex Fractions
Solving Equations with Rational Expressions
Summary Exercises on Operations and Equations with Rational Expressions
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