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A BETTER WAY TO COLLEGE ALGEBRA X-PERTISE One of the most valuable tools acquired in a university education, college algebra is essential for courses from the sciences to computing, engineering to mathematics. It can help you do better on placement exams, even before college, and it's useful in solving the computations of daily life. Now anyone with an interest in college algebra can master it. In College Algebra Demystified, entertaining author and experienced teacher Rhonda Huettenmueller breaks college algebra down into manageable bites with practical examples, real data, and a new approach that banishes algebra's mystery.
With College Algebra Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a timeat your own speed. Unlike most books on college algebra, general concepts are presented firstand the details follow. In order to make the process as clear and simple as possible, long computations are presented in a logical, layered progression with just one execution per step.
This fast and easy self-teaching course will help you:
- Perform better on placement exams
- Avoid confusion with detailed examples and solutions that help you every step of the way
- Conquer the coordinate plane, lines and intercepts, parabolas, and nonlinear equations
- Get comfortable with functions, graphs of functions, logarithms, exponents, and more
- Master aspects of algebra that will help you with calculus, geometry, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, computing, and engineering
- Reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses with questions at the end of every chapter, and a final at the end of the book
Synopsis
A BETTER WAY TO COLLEGE ALGEBRA X-PERTISEOne of the most valuable tools acquired in a university education, college algebra is essential for courses from the sciences to computing, engineering to mathematics. It can help you do better on placement exams, even before college, and it's useful in solving the computations of daily life. Now anyone with an interest in college algebra can master it. In College Algebra Demystified, entertaining author and experienced teacher Rhonda Huettenmueller breaks college algebra down into manageable bites with practical examples, real data, and a new approach that banishes algebra's mystery.
With College Algebra Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a timeat your own speed. Unlike most books on college algebra, general concepts are presented firstand the details follow. In order to make the process as clear and simple as possible, long computations are presented in a logical, layered progression with just one execution per step.
This fast and easy self-teaching course will help you:
- Perform better on placement exams
- Avoid confusion with detailed examples and solutions that help you every step of the way
- Conquer the coordinate plane, lines and intercepts, parabolas, and nonlinear equations
- Get comfortable with functions, graphs offunctions, logarithms, exponents, and more
- Master aspects of algebra that will help you with calculus, geometry, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, computing, and engineering
- Reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses with questions at the end of every chapter, and a final at the end of the book
Synopsis
Preface Chapter 1: Completing the Square Chapter 2: Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities Chapter 3: The xy Coordinate Plane Chapter 4: Lines and Parabolas Chapter 5: Nonlinear Inequalities Chapter 6: Functions Chapter 7: Quadratic Functions Chapter 8: Transformations and Combinations Chapter 9: Polynomial Functions Chapter 10: Systems of Equations and Inequalities Chapter 11: Exponents and Logarithms Appendix (Final Exam and Index)
About the Author
Rhonda Huettenmueller (Sanger, TX) has taught mathematics at the college level for over 14 years. Popular with students for her ability to make higher math understandable and even enjoyable, she incorporates many of her teaching techniques in this book. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of North Texas.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Completing the Square
Writing Quadratic Expressions as Perfect Squares
Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
Chapter 2: Absolute Value
The Absolute Value of a Number
Absolute Value Equations
Absolute Value Inequalities
The Graph of an Absolute Value Equation
Chapter 3: The Coordinate Plane
Points in the Plane
The Distance Formula
The Midpoint Formula
Introduction: The Graphs of Equations
Chapter 4: Circles
The Equation of a Circle
Finding Equations of Circles When the Center and Radius Are Known
Finding the Center and Radius When the Equation Is Known
Graphing Equations of Circles
Finding the Center and Radius of a Circle by Completing the Square
Chapter 5: Lines & Intercepts
Equations of Lines and Their Graphs
Intercepts of a Graph
The Slope of a Line
Horizontal and Vertical Lines
The Point-Slope Form of a Line
Finding the Equation of a Line
The Slope-Intercept Form of a Line
More on Graphing Lines
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
(and more...)