Introductory Algebra through Applications

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-08
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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

Index of Applications
Prealgebra Review
Exponents and Order of Operations
Factors, Primes, and Least Common Multiples
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
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
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