Algebra for College Students
Algebra for College Students, fourth edition, is written for students who have had the equivalent of one year of high school algebra. The content of the book is drawn from both intermediate algebra and college algebra and provides comprehensive coverage of the topics required in a strong one-term course in intermediate algebra or a one-term algebra for college students course.The goal of the Blitzer Algebra series is to provide students with a strong foundation in Algebra. Each text is designed to develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities and prepare students for subsequent Algebra courses as well as "service" math courses. Topics are presented in an interesting and inviting format, incorporating real world sourced data and encouraging modeling and problem-solving.
- Hardback | 1306 pages
- 206.8 x 261.1 x 35.6mm | 1,959.54g
- 08 Oct 2001
- Pearson Education (US)
- United States
- 4th edition
Table of contents
(NOTE: (Each chapter ends with a chapter-summary grid, chapter-review exercises, a chapter test, and cumulative review exercises).1. Algebra, Mathematical Models, and Problem Solving. Algebraic Expressions and Real Numbers. Operations with the Real Numbers and Simplifying Algebraic Expressions. Graphic Equations. Solving Linear Equations. Problem Solving and Using Formulas. Problems of Integral Exponents. Scientific Notation.2. Functions and Linear Functions. Introduction to Functions. The Algebra of Functions. Linear Functions and Slope. The Point-Slope Form of the Equation of a Line.3. Systems of Linear Equations. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables. Problem Solving and Business Applications Using Systems of Equations. Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables. Matrix Solutions to Linear Systems. Determinants and Cramer's Rule.4.Inequalities and Problem Solving. Solving Linear Inequalities. Compound Inequalities. Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value. Linear Inequalities in Two Variables. Linear Programming.5. Polynomials, Polynomial Functions, and Factoring. Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions. Multiplication of Polynomials. Greatest Common Factors and Factoring By Grouping. Factoring Trinomials. Factoring Special Forms. A General Factoring Strategy. Polynomial Equations and Their Applications.6. Rational Expressions, Functions, and Equations. Rational Expressions and Functions: Multiplying and Dividing. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions. Complex Rational Expressions. Division of Polynomials. Synthetic Division and the Remainder Theorem. Rational Equations. Formulas and Applications of Rational Equations. Modeling Using Variation.7. Radicals, Radical Functions, and Rational Exponents. Radical Expressions and Functions. Rational Exponents. Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions. Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions. Multiplying with More Than One Term and Rationalizing Denominators. Radical Equations. Complex Numbers.8. Quadratic Equations and Functions. The Square Root Property and Completing the Square. The Quadratic Formula. Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs. Equations Quadratic in Form. Quadratic and Rational Inequalities.9. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Exponential Functions. Composite and Inverse Functions. Logarithmic Functions. Properties of Logarithms. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations. Exponential Growth and Decay; Modeling Data.10. Conic Sections and Nonlinear Systems of Equations. Distance and Midpoint Formulas: Circles. The Ellipse. The Hyperbola. The Parabola; Identifying Conic Sections. Systems of Nonlinear Equations in Two Variables.11. More On Polynomial and Rational Functions. Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs. Zeros of Polynomial Functions. Rational Functions and their Graphs.12. Sequences, Induction, and Probability. Sequences and Summation Notation. Arithmetic Sequences. Geometric Sequences and Series. The Binomial Theorem. Mathematical Induction. Counting Principles, Permutations, and Combinations. Probability.Appendix: Review Problems Covering the Entire Book.
About Robert F. Blitzer
Bob Blitzer is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob is most energized by teaching mathematics and has taught a variety of mathematics courses at Miami-Dade Community College for nearly 30 years. He has received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College, and was among the first group of recipients at Miami-Dade Community College for an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. In addition to Algebra for College Students, Bob has written Introductory Algebra for College Students, Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Thinking Mathematically, College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, and Precalculus, all published by Prentice Hall.