Elementary & Intermediate Algebra eBook (4e) : 9780134662633

Elementary & Intermediate Algebra eBook (4e)

Sullivan III, M et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in Elementary and Intermediate Algebra


Helping Students Innovatively "Do the Math"

Elementary & Intermediate Algebra introduces students to the logic, precision and rigor of mathematics, while building a foundation for success in future math courses.


Known for their hallmark examples that give students extra step-by-step support, the authors have continued their successful text pedagogy and have focused in the revision to translating it to the MyMathLab course for a truly dynamic learning and teaching experience.  

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Table of contents
  • 1. Operations on Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions
  • 2. Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
  • 3. Introduction to Graphing and Linear Equations in Two Variables
  • 4. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • 5. Exponents and Polynomials
  • 6. Factoring Polynomials
  • 7. Rational Expressions and Equations
  • 8. Graphs, Relations, and Functions
  • 9. Radicals and Rational Exponents
  • 10. Quadratic Equations and Functions
  • 11. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • 12. Conics
  • 13. Sequences, Series, and the Binomial Theorem
  • Appendix A: Synthetic Division
  • Appendix B: Geometry Review
  • Appendix C: More on Systems of Linear Equations
  • Appendix D: Table of Square Roots
  • Appendix E: Transformations
  • Answers to Selected Exercises
Features & benefits

Unique Sullivan examples and exercise sets distinguish the text

  • Sullivan Examples are presented in a two-column, annotated format that explains what the authors are about to do in each step, just as a professor would. These examples read left to right, so that students understand what each step is accomplishing as they read through. (Often examples have annotations or pointers after each step, rather than before.)
  • Showcase Examples take the explanations one step further with a three column format that breaks the problem solving process down for students. The left column describes a step, the middle column provides a brief annotation, as needed, to explain the step, and the right column presents the algebra.
  • The Sullivan/Struve/Mazzarella Algebra program is designed to motivate students to “do the math”—at home or in the lab—through a full suite of resources that support a variety of learning environments.
  • Variety of exercise types throughout each section
    • Building Skills exercises develop students’ understanding of the procedures and skills in working with the methods presented in the section.
    • Mixed Practice exercises offer comprehensive skill assessment by asking students to relate multiple concepts or objectives.
    • Quick Check exercises exercises follow the examples, allowing students to apply what they have just learned. These are numbered as the first problems in each section’s exercise set, making them assignable as homework, and giving an easy way refer back to the relevant examples for extra help. Quick Checks include fill-in-the-blank and True/False questions to assess students’ understanding of vocabulary and formulas.


Extra Sullivan-level Student Support

  • NEW! Quick Response (QR) codes now appear at each section opener, at section-level exercises, and as part of the Chapter Tests. They link students to the videos and applets that are available for that section, giving them resources at their fingertips.
  • “Are You Prepared for this Section” problems test students’ grasp of the prerequisite material for each new section.
  • Explaining the Concepts problems ask students to explain concepts in their own words.
  • Various exercises to assist students’ understanding
    • Applying the Concepts exercises ask students to apply the mathematical concepts to real-world situations.
    • Extending the Concepts exercises go beyond the basics, using a variety of problems to sharpen students’ critical-thinking skills.
    • Synthesis Review exercises help students grasp the “big picture” of algebra—once they have a sufficient conceptual foundation to build upon from their work in Chapters R through 4. Synthesis Review exercises ask students to perform a single operation (adding, solving, and so on) on several objects (polynomials, rational expressions, and so on). The student is then asked to discuss the similarities and differences in performing the same operation on the different objects.
    • Technology exercises are included at the close of a section’s exercise set, allow for the use of graphing technology, such as graphing calculators, GeoGebra, or Demos to solve problems. These exercises are entirely optional.
  • Problem Icons flag selected problems to denote that:
    • Problems whose number is green have complete worked-out solutions in video found in MyLab Math.
    • Problems with a triangle icon focus on geometry concepts.
  • Section R.1: Success in Mathematics focuses the student on basic study skills, including what to do during the first week of the term; what to do before, during, and after class; how to use the text effectively; and how to prepare for an exam.
  • In Other Words helps to address the difficulty that students have in reading mathematically precise definitions and theorems by explaining them in easier to understand language.
  • Work Smart provides “tricks of the trade” hints, tips, reminders, and alerts. It also identifies some common errors to avoid and helps students work more efficiently.
  • Work Smart: Study Skills reminds students of study skills that will help them to succeed at various points in the course. Attention to these practices will help them to become better, more proficient learners.
  • Chapter Tests help students to make sure they understand the key topics in the chapter. The exercises in the Chapter Tests have been crafted to reflect the level and types of exercises a student is likely to see on a classroom test.


Helping Students Tie the Ideas Together

  • The Big Picture: Putting It Together (Chapter Opener) features are based on how we start each chapter in the classroom—with a quick sketch of what we plan to cover. These sections tie concepts and techniques together by summarising material covered previously and then relate these ideas to upcoming material.
  • Putting the Concepts Together (Mid-Chapter Review) are groups of exercises in each chapter, at the appropriate point in the chapter, which serve as a review—synthesising material introduced up to that point in the chapter. The exercises in these mid-chapter reviews are carefully chosen to assist students in seeing the “big picture.”
  • Cumulative Review Learning: Algebra is a building process, and building involves considerable reinforcement. The Cumulative Review exercises at the end of each odd-numbered chapter, starting with Chapter 1, help students reinforce and solidify their knowledge by revisiting concepts and using them in context. Answers to all cumulative review problems appear in the back of the text.
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