College Algebra Essentials eBook (5e) : 9780134513119

College Algebra Essentials eBook (5e)

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For courses in College Algebra.


Show students that our world is profoundly mathematical

Bob Blitzer continues to inspire students with his engaging approach to mathematics, making this beloved series the #1 in the market year after year. Blitzer draws on his unique background in mathematics and behavioral science to present a wide range of vivid applications in real-life situations. Students of all majors stay engaged because Blitzer uses pop culture and up-to-date references to connect math to students’ lives, showing that our world is profoundly mathematical.


With the new edition, Blitzer takes student engagement with the mathematical world to a whole new level – drawing from applications across all fields as well as topics that are of interest to any college student (including student loan debt, grade inflation, sleep hours of college students). Applications are also brought to life online in a new, assignable video series that explore the entertaining and mathematical Blitzer Bonus boxes. This revision also aims to help more students to succeed in the course with just-in-time support in the text – such as Brief Review of prerequisite topics, Achieving Success boxes, and Retain the Concepts exercises.

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Table of contents
  • P. Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra
  • 1. Equations and Inequalities 
  • 2. Functions and Graphs 
  • 3. Polynomial and Rational Functions
  • 4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 
  • 5. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
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About the Book
  • Engage students with the mathematical world around them.
    • UPDATED! Outstanding applications from diverse fields are the centerpiece of this series, drawing from the author’s unique background in behavioral science. Students stay engaged when they see the context and understand the relevance of math. In this new edition, the author continues to raise the bar with new applications throughout that are relevant to college students, including student-loan debt, grade inflation, political orientation of college freshmen, sleep hours of college students, and the number of hours college students study per week.
    • Chapter Opening and Section-Opening Scenarios begin every chapter and section with a unique application of mathematics in students’ lives outside the classroom.  The often-humorous tone of these openers is intended to help fearful and reluctant students overcome their negative perceptions about math. These scenarios are revisited throughout the chapter in examples, discussions, and exercises.
    • Blitzer Bonuses provide historical, interdisciplinary, and otherwise interesting connections to the algebra being studied, showing students that math is an interesting and dynamic discipline. New to this edition, these are brought to life in in a new video series and related assignments. 
  • Support students of all majors in their goal to be successful – in this course and beyond.
    • NEW! Achieving Success boxes appear at the end of many sections in Chapters 1 through 5 with strategies for persistence and success in college mathematics courses.
    • NEW! “Retaining the Concepts” section exercises focus on objectives that appeared previously in the text, to ensure students continue to apply and maintain mastery of the material. If students are not certain how to solve one of these, they can refer to the specific section and worked example provided next to each exercise.
    • Learning Objectives, framed in the context of a student question (What am I supposed to learn?), are clearly stated at the beginning of each section. These objectives help students recognize and focus on the section’s most important ideas. The objectives are restated in the margin at their point of use.
    • Voice balloons offer the support and guidance of an instructor’s voice. These translate algebraic ideas into everyday English, clarify problem-solving procedures, present alternative ways of understanding concepts, and connect problem solving to concepts students have already learned.
    • Check Point Examples follow a similar matched problem and offer students the opportunity to test their understanding of the example by working a similar exercise. The answers to the Check Points are provided in the answer section. 
    • Detailed Worked-Out Examples make the purpose of the example clear. Examples are clearly written and provide students with detailed step-by-step solutions. No steps are omitted and each step is thoroughly explained to the right of the mathematics.
    • Great Question! takes the content from each Study Tip and presents it in the context of a student question. Answers to the questions offer suggestions for problem solving, point out common errors to avoid, and provide informal hints and suggestions.
    • Integration of Technology Using Graphic and Numerical Approaches to Problems are side-by-side features in the technology boxes that show how graphing utilities verify and visualise algebraic results. Even for those not using graphing utilities, these displays will help students understand different approaches to problem solving.
    • Discovery boxes, found throughout the text, encourage students to further explore algebraic concepts. These explorations are optional and their omission does not interfere with the continuity of the topic at hand.
    • Chapter Summaries organise chapter material into easy-to-use two-column review charts. These summarise the definitions and concepts for every section of the chapter and refer students to illustrative examples.
  • Help students to study efficiently and apply their understanding with extensive and varied exercise sets
    • UPDATED! Learning Guide. Organised by the textbook's learning objectives, the Learning Guide is available as a print supplement to help students make the most of their textbook for test preparation. Activities are now included to give students an opportunity to discover and reinforce the concepts in an active learning environment and are ideal for group work in class.
    • NEW! Brief Review boxes summarise the most critical prerequisite mathematical skills students should know in order to master the chapter’s objectives. This feature appears whenever a particular skill is first needed and eliminates the need for reteaching that skill. For more detail, students are referred to the appropriate section and objective in a previous chapter where the topic is fully developed.
    • NEW! Retaining the Concepts exercises are a chance for students to review previously covered objectives in order to help maintain their mastery of the material and keep skills fresh. Beginning with Chapter 2 each Exercise Set contains three review exercises under the header “Retaining the Concepts.” 
    • Concept and Vocabulary Checks are short-answer exercises that precede the exercise sets to assess students’ understanding of the definitions and concepts presented in each section.
    • Practice Plus Problems contains more challenging practice problems that often require students to combine several skills or concepts. With an average of ten Practice Plus problems per exercise set, instructors have the flexibility to create assignments that take practice to a more challenging level. 
    • Mid-Chapter Checkpoints appear approximately at the midway point in each chapter and contain a set of review exercises that allow students to review skills and concepts from several sections before the end-of-chapter exercises.
    • Graphing and Functions that model data appear in nearly every section and exercise set. Graphing is introduced in Chapter 1 and functions are introduced in Chapter 2, with an integrated graphing functional approach emphasised throughout the book. Examples and exercises use graphs of functions to explore relationships between data and to provide ways of visualising a problem’s solution. Because functions are the core of this course, students are repeatedly shown how functions relate to equations and graphs.
    • “Make Sense?” classroom discussion exercises contain four critical thinking exercises that foster participation in the learning process. These questions ask students to determine whether statements are sensible, and to explain why or why not, allowing instructors to quickly gauge students’ understanding of concepts.
    • Preview Exercises at the end of each exercise set prepare students for material in the section ahead. Some problems review important material from the past and others are designed to get students thinking about concepts that they will soon encounter.
    • True/False problems challenge students to use their critical thinking skills by asking students to change the wording of false statements so that they become true.
    • End-of-Chapter Materials include a comprehensive collection of Review Exercises for each of the chapter’s sections right after the chapter Summary.
      • Cumulative Review Exercises, beginning at the end of Chapter 2, ensure that students remember previously learned material, keeping the fundamental skills and concepts fresh in their minds as they move on to the next chapter.
      • Chapter Tests cover all of the important topics in the chapter, helping students study for the real thing.
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