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The fundamental goal in Tussy and Gustafson's INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Third Edition is to teach students to read, write, and think about mathematics through building a conceptual foundation in the language of mathematics. The book blends instructional approaches that include vocabulary, practice, and well-defined pedagogy, along with an emphasis on reasoning, modeling, communication, and technology skills to develop students' fluency in the "language of algebra." Tussy and Gustafson understand the challenges of teaching developmental students and this book reflects a holistic approach to teaching mathematics that includes developing study skills, problem solving and critical thinking… More alongside mathematical concepts. New features in this edition include a pretest for students to gauge their understanding of prerequisite concepts, problems that make correlations between student life and the mathematical concepts and study skills information designed to give students the best chance to succeed in the course. Additionally, the texts widely acclaimed Study Sets at the end of every section are tailored to improve students' ability to read, write and communicate mathematical ideas.Less

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List price: $151.95 Edition: 3rd Copyright year: 2006 Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publication date: 3/23/2005 Binding: Paperback Pages: 864 Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall Weight: 3.784 Language: English

AuthorTable of Contents

A Review of Basic Algebra

The Real Numbers

The Language of Algebra

The Real Number System

Operations with Real Numbers

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

Solving Linear Equations and Formulas

Using Equations to Solve Problems

More Problem Solving

Key Concept: Let x =

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Graphs, Equations of Lines, and Functions

The Rectangular Coordinate System

Rate of Change and the Slope of a Line

Function Notation

The Rectangular Coordinate System

Graphing Linear Equations

Rate of Change and the Slope of a Line

Writing Equations of Lines

Introduction to Functions

Graphs of Functions

Key Concept: Functions

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Systems of Equations

Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing

Solving Systems by Graphing

Solving Systems Algebraically

Systems of Three Equations

Solving Systems Using Matrices

Solving Systems Using Determinants

Key Concept: Systems of Equations

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Inequalities

Absolute Value Equations

Solving Linear Inequalities

Solving Compound Inequalities

Solving Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

Systems of Linear Inequalities

Key Concept: Inequalities

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions

The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping

Factoring Trinomials and the Difference of Squares

Exponents

Scientific Notation

Polynomials and Polynomial Functions

Multiplying Polynomials

The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping

The Difference of Two Squares; the Sum and Difference of Two Cubes

Factoring Trinomials

Summary of Factoring Techniques

Solving Equations by Factoring

Key Concept: Polynomials

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Rational Expressions, Equations, and Functions

Solving Rational Equations

Rational Functions and Simplifying Rational Expressions

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

Complex Fractions

Equations Containing Rational Expressions

Dividing Polynomials

Proportion and Variation

Key Concept: Expressions and Equations

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Radical Expressions, Equations, and Functions

Simplifying Radical Expressions

Radical Equations

Radical Expressions and Radical Functions

Simplifying and Combining Radical Expressions

Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions

Radical Equations

Rational Exponents

Geometric Applications of Radicals

Key Concept: Radicals

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Quadratic Equations, Functions, and Inequalities

The Quadratic Formula

Completing the Square

The Quadratic Formula

Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs

Complex Numbers

The Discriminant and Equations That Can Be Written in Quadratic Form

Quadratic and Other Nonlinear Inequalities

Key Concept: Solving Quadratic Equations

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Exponential Functions

Properties of Logarithms

Algebra and Composition of Functions

Inverses of Functions

Exponential Functions

Base-e Exponential Functions

Logarithmic Functions

Base-e Logarithms

Properties of Logarithms

Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

Key Concept: Inverse Functions

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Conic Sections; More Graphing

Introduction to Conic Sections

The Circle and the Parabola

The Ellipse

The Hyperbola

Solving Simultaneous Second-Degree Equations

Key Concept: Conic Sections

Accent on Teamwork

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Cumulative Review Exercises

Fractions and Decimals

Cumulative Review of Graphing

Answers to Selected Exercises (Appears in the Student Edition only)

Index

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