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Algebra: Beginning and Intermediate by Richard N Aufmann
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Based on the best-selling series by the Aufmann team, this hardcover text for the combined introductory and intermediate algebra course adheres to the formula that has made the Aufmann developmental texts so reliable for both students and instructors. The text's clear writing style, emphasis on problem-solving strategies, and proven Aufmann Interactive Method--in an objective-based framework--offer guided learning for both lecture and self-paced courses. The completely integrated learning system is organized by objectives. Each chapter begins with a list of learning objectives, which are woven throughout the text, in Exercises, Chapter Tests, and Cumulative Reviews, as well as through the print and multimedia ancillaries. The result is a seamless, easy-to-follow learning system. This special MEDIA ENHANCED EDITION now comes with Enhanced WebAssign and flash videos for every end of chapter test question available online through the student website.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter begins with a Prep Test and concludes with Focus on Problem Solving, Projects and Group Activities, a Chapter Summary, Chapter Review Exercises, and a Chapter Test. 1. REAL NUMBERS AND VARIABLE EXPRESSIONS. Introduction to Integers. Operations with Integers. Rational Numbers. Exponents and the Order of Operations Agreement. Variable Expressions. Translating Verbal Expressions into Variable Expressions. 2. SOLVING EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Introduction to Equations. General Equations. Application Problems. Geometry Problems. Markup and Discount Problems. Applications: Problems Involving Percent. Inequalities in One Variable. Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities. 3. LINEAR FUNCTIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN TWO VARIABLES. The Rectangular Coordinate System. Introduction to Functions. Linear Functions. Slope of a Straight Line. Finding Equations of Lines. Parallel and Perpendicular Lines. Inequalities in Two Variables. 4. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing and by the Substitution Method. Solving Systems of Linear Equations by the Addition Method. Solving Systems of Equations by Using Matrices and by Using Determinants. Application Problems. Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities. 5. POLYNOMIALS. Introduction to Polynomials. Multiplication of Monomials. Multiplication of Polynomials. Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation. Division of Polynomials. 6. FACTORING. Common Factors. Factoring Polynomials of the Form x2 + bx + c. Factoring Polynomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c. Special Factoring. Solving Equations by factoring. 7. RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS. Introduction to Rational Expressions. Operations on Rational Expressions. Complex Fractions. Rational Equations. Proportions and Variation. Literal Equations. 8. RATIONAL EXPONENTS AND RADICALS. Rational Exponents and Radical Expressions. Operations on Radical Expressions. Radical Functions. Solving Equations Containing Radical Expressions. Complex Numbers. 9. QUADRATIC EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring or by Taking Square Roots. Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square and by Using the Quadratic Formula. Equations That Are Reducible to Quadratic Equations. Applications of Quadratic Equations. Nonlinear Inequalities. Properties of Quadratic Functions. Minimum or Maximum Value of a Quadratic Function. 10. FUNCTIONS AND RELATIONS. Graphs of Functions. Translations of Graphs. Algebra of Functions. One-to-One and Inverse Functions. The Parabola. 11. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Exponential Functions. Introduction to Logarithms. Graphs of Logarithmic Functions. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations. Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. R. REVIEW OF BEGINNING ALGEBRA TOPICS. Variable Expressions. Equations and Inequalities. Linear Equations in Two Variables. Polynomials.

Author Biography

Joanne Lockwood received a BA in English Literature from St. Lawrence University and both an MBA and a BA in mathematics from Plymouth State University. Ms. Lockwood taught at Plymouth State University and Nashua Community College in New Hampshire, and has over 20 years' experience teaching mathematics at the high school and college level. Ms. Lockwood has co-authored two bestselling developmental math series, as well as numerous derivative math texts and ancillaries. Ms. Lockwood's primary interest today is helping developmental math students overcome their challenges in learning math. Richard Aufmann is the lead author of two bestselling developmental math series and a bestselling college algebra and trigonometry series, as well as several derivative math texts. He received a BA in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA in mathematics from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Aufmann taught math, computer science, and physics at Palomar College in California, where he was on the faculty for 28 years. His textbooks are highly recognized and respected among college mathematics professors. Today, Mr. Aufmann's professional interests include quantitative literacy, the developmental math curriculum, and the impact of technology on curriculum development. Vernon Barker has retired from Palomar College where he was Professor of Mathematics. He is a co-author on the majority of Aufmann texts, including the best-selling developmental paperback series.
Release date NZ
December 14th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
Multimedia Edition of 2 Revised ed
colour illustrations, black & white tables, figures
Houghton Mifflin
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