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College Algebra

ISBN-10: 0077276493
ISBN-13: 9780077276492
Edition: 2nd 2010
Authors: John Coburn
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List price: $200.67
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 1/8/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 864
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.4
Language: English

John Coburn grew up in the Hawaiian Islands, the seventh of sixteen children. He received his Associate of Arts degree in 1977 from Windward Community College, where he graduated with honors. In 1979 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Hawaii. After being lured into the business world for five years, he returned to his first love, accepting a teaching position in high school mathematics where he was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 1987. Soon afterward, the decision was made to seek a Masters Degree, which he received two years later from the University of Oklahoma. For the last fifteen years, he has been teaching mathematics at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College, where he is now a full professor. During his tenure there he has received numerous nominations as an outstanding teacher by the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, two nominations to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was recognized as Teacher of the year in 2004 by the Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis (MEGSL). He has made numerous presentations and local, state and national conferences on a wide variety of topics. His other loves include his family, music, athletics, games and all things beautiful, and hopes this love of life comes through in his writing, and serves to make the learning experience an interesting and engaging one for all students.

A Review of Basic Concepts and Skills
The Language, Notation, and Numbers of Mathematics
Algebraic Expressions and the Properties of Real Numbers
Exponents, Scientific Notation, and a Review of Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
Rational Expressions
Radicals and Rational Exponents
Equations and Inequalities
Linear Equations, Formulas, and Problem Solving
Linear Inequalities in One Variable
Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
Complex Numbers
Solving Quadratic Equations
Solving Other Types of Equation
Relations, Functions and Graphs
Rectangular Coordinates; Graphing Circles and Relations
Graphs of Linear Equations
Linear Equations and Rates of Change
Functions, Notation, and Graphs of Functions
Analyzing the Graph of a Function
Toolbox Functions and Transformations
Piecewise-Defined Functions
The Algebra and Composition of Functions
Polynomial and Rational Functions
Quadratic Functions and Applications
Synthetic Division; The Remainder and Factor Theorems
The Zeroes of Polynomial Functions
Graphing Polynomial Functions
Graphing Rational Functions
Additional Insights into Rational Functions
Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
Variation: Function Models in Action
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
One-to-One and Inverse Functions
Exponential Functions
Logarithms and Logarithmic Functions
Properties of Logarithms; Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
Applications from Business, Finance, and Science
Business, Finance, and Science Applications
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Linear Systems in Two Variables with Applications
Linear Systems in Three Variables with Applications
Nonlinear Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Systems of Inequalities and Linear Programming
Matrices and Matrix Applications
Solving Systems Using Matrices and Row Operations
The Algebra of Matrices
Solving Linear Systems Using Matrix Equations
Applications of Matrices and Determinants:
Analytical Geometry and Conic Sections
Introduction to Analytic Geometry
The Circle and the Ellipse
The Hyperbola
The Analytic Parabola
Additional Topics in Algebra
Sequences and Series
Arithmetic Sequences
Geometric Sequences
Mathematical Induction
Counting Techniques
Introduction to Probability
The Binomial Theorem
More on Synthetic Division
More on Matrices
Deriving the Equation of a Conic
Proof Positive
A Selection of Proofs from College Algebra

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