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Over the years, the text has been shaped and adapted to meet the changing needs of both students and educators. As always, special care was taken to respond to the specific suggestions of users and reviewers through enhanced discussions, new and updated examples and exercises, helpful features, and an extensive package of supplements and study aids. The result is an easy-to-use, comprehensive text that is the best edition yet.

About the Author

Marge Lial has always been interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is now affiliated with American River College. Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.

When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics education or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and fifteen years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for both teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum. John's personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh). He has been a rabid baseball fan all of his life. John's other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

David Schneider has taught mathematics at universities for over 34 years and has authored 36 books. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oberlin College and a PhD in mathematics from MIT. During most of his professional career, he was on the faculty of the University of Maryland--College Park. His hobbies include travel, dancing, bicycling, and hiking.

Table of Contents

R. Review of Basic Concepts.

Real Numbers and Their Properties.


Factoring Polynomials.

Rational Expressions.

Rational Exponents.

Radical Expressions.

1. Equations and Inequalities.

Linear Equations.

Applications and Modeling with Linear Equations.

Complex Numbers.

Quadratic Equations.

Applications and Modeling with Quadratic Equations.

Other Types of Equations and Applications.


Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities.

2. Graphs and Functions.

Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs.


Linear Functions.

Equations of Lines; Curve Fitting.

Graphs of Basic Functions.

Graphing Techniques.

Function Operations and Composition.

3. Polynomial and Rational Functions.

Quadratic Functions and Models.

Synthetic Division.

Zeros of Polynomial Functions.

Polynomial Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models.

Rational Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models.


4. Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions.

Inverse Functions.

Exponential Functions.

Logarithmic Functions.

Evaluating Logarithms and the Change-of-Base Theorem.

Exponential and Logarithmic Equations.

Applications and Models of Exponential Growth and Decay.

5. Systems and Matrices.

Systems of Linear Equations.

Matrix Solution of Linear Systems.

Determinant Solution of Linear Systems.

Partial Fractions.

Nonlinear Systems of Equations.

Systems of Inequalities and Linear Programming.

Properties of Matrices.

Matrix Inverses.

6. Analytic Geometry.




Summary of the Conic Sections.

7. Further Topics in Algebra.

Sequences and Series.

Arithmetic Sequences and Series.

Geometric Sequences and Series.

The Binomial Theorem.

Mathematical Induction.

Counting Theory.

Basics of Probability.


Solutions to Selected Exercises.

Answers to Selected Exercises.

Index of Applications.


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Book is good enough to get very good idea about subject but missing on some basic steps explanation which create confusion to learner. But overall it has good depth on the subject.
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Lial, Margaret L
Addison Wesley
Hornsby, John
Nester, Darryl
Lial, Margaret L.
Ferrer, Cathy
Schneider, David I.
Algebra - Elementary
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The Lial/Hornsby/Schneider College Algebra Series
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no. 1
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10.8 x 7.6 x 1 in 177 gr

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