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Elementary and Intermediate Algebra A Practical Approach

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ISBN-10: 0618103392

ISBN-13: 9780618103393

Edition: 2004

Authors: Timothy Craine, Jeffrey McGowan, Thomas Ruben

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Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: A Practical Approach provides concise, manageable treatment of the mathematics required for the combined algebra course. While emphasizing problem solving and the real-world applications of algebra, the text provides solid coverage of core mathematical concepts and essential symbol manipulation skills. Furthermore, the text encourages students to use graphing technology while still requiring them to master pencil-and-paper techniques for certain tasks. Authors Craine, McGowan, and Ruben combine their experience and expertise as a math educator and author, a math researcher, and an authority on math anxiety to deliver a balanced, targeted text that enables instructors to cover all the material for the combined course in one text. Pedagogically, the instructional material is concise, clear, and presentedin a style that encourages students to read all the material and complete all the exercises.Chapter openers, chapter-end explorations tied to the openers, definitions,key concepts, examples, notes, cautions, chapter summaries, and exercisesets appear in each chapter. Additional problems are available for student practice on the accompanying web site. Readable and direct, the text's student-friendly style uses a minimum ofmathematical jargon. Mathematical vocabulary is introduced at point-of-use, as it is needed to understand an underlying concept. Real-world applications are used to introduce each chapter and throughout the text to help students see the math in context and understand its relevance in everyday life. Examples focus on a particular concept and include complete worked-out solutions. Examples presented with multiple solution methods--algebraic, graphical, and/or numerical--help students with different learning styles understand solutions from various aspects. Eduspace is Houghton Mifflin's online learning tool. Powered by Blackboard, Eduspace is a customizable, powerful and interactive platform that provides instructors with text-specific online courses and content in multiple disciplines. The Craine/McGowan/Rubens Elementary and Intermediate Algebra course includes algorithmic exercises, test bank content in question pools, interactive tutorials and video explanations.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Language: English

Note: Each chapter concludes with Key Concepts, Exploration, Review Exercises, and a Chapter Test
Geometry and Numbers
Positive and Negative Numbers
Rates and Ratios
Exponents and Radicals
Perimeter and Area
Algebraic Expressions
Grouping and the Order of Operations
Expressions and Formulas
The Coordinate Plane
Representing Functions
Linear Equations
Solving Simple Equations
Simplifying Expressions to Solve Equations
The Problem-Solving Process
Arithmetic Sequences
Systems of Linear Equations
Slope and Rate of Change
Forms for Linear Equations
Graphical Solution of Systems of Equations
Algebraic Solution of Systems of Equations
Relationships Between Lines
More Applications of Linear Equations
Percent and Percent Change
Mixtures and Investments
Systems of Three Equations
Exponents and Factoring
The Laws of Exponents
Products and Factors
Factoring by Grouping
Factoring Quadratic Trinomials
Factoring the Sum and Difference of Two Cubes
Quadratic Equations and Graphs
Solving Quadratic Equations
Algebraic Techniques for Solving Quadratic Equations
Applications That Lead to Quadratic Equations
Complex Numbers
What Is a Function
Graphs of Functions
Important Functions
Modifying Basic Functions
Powers and Roots
Rational Exponents and Radicals
Power Functions and Their Graphs
Direct Variation
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Exponential Growth
Exponential Decay
Logarithmic Scales
The Number e and the Natural Logarithm
Rational Expressions and Functions
Rational Expressions
Rational Functions and Their Graphs
Solving Rational Equations
Indirect Variation
Division of Polynomials
Inequalities and the Number Line
Solving Nonlinear Inequalities by Graphing
Inequalities in Two Variables; Systems
Transition to Intermediate Algebra
Friendly Windows for Graphing Calculators
Answers to Exercises