Introductory Algebra for College Students, Sixth Edition, provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the topics required in a one-term course in beginning or introductory algebra. The book is written for college students who have no previous experience in algebra and for those who need a review of basic algebra concepts. I wrote the book to help diverse students, with different backgrounds and career plans, to succeed in beginning algebra. Introductory Algebra for College Students, Sixth Edition, has two primary goals:
1. To help students acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of algebra.
2. To show students how algebra can model and solve authentic real-world problems.
One major obstacle in the way of achieving these goals is the fact that very few students actually read their textbook. This has been a regular source of frustration for me and for my colleagues in the classroom. Anecdotal evidence gathered over years highlights two basic reasons why students do not take advantage of their textbook:
- “I’ll never use this information.”
- “I can’t follow the explanations.”
I’ve written every page of the Sixth Edition with the intent of eliminating these two objections. The ideas and tools I’ve used to do so are described in the features that follow. These features and their benefits are highlighted for the student in “A Brief Guide to Getting the Most from This Book,” which appears inside the front cover.
What’s New in the Sixth Edition?
- New Applications and Real-World Data. I’m on a constant search for data that can be used to illustrate unique algebraic applications. I researched hundreds of books, magazines, newspapers, almanacs, and online sites to prepare the Sixth Edition. Among the worked-out examples and exercises based on new data sets, you’ll find applications involving stretching one’s life span, the emotional health of college freshmen, changing attitudes toward marriage, American Idol’s viewership, and math-themed comic strips.
- Concept and Vocabulary Checks. The Sixth Edition contains 1525 new short-answer exercises, mainly fill-in-the-blank and true/false items, that assess students’ understanding of the definitions and concepts presented in each section. The Concept and Vocabulary Checks appear as separate features preceding
- Great Question! This feature takes the content of each Study Tip in the Fifth Edition and presents it in the context of a student question. Answers to questions offer suggestions for problem solving, point out common errors to avoid, and provide informal hints and suggestions. “Great Question!” should draw students’ attention and curiosity more than the “Study Tips.” As a secondary benefit, this new feature should help students not to feel anxious or threatened when asking questions in class.
- Achieving Success. The book’s Achieving Success boxes offer strategies for success in math courses, as well as suggestions for developmental students on achieving one’s full academic potential.
- New Chapter-Opening and Section-Opening Scenarios. Every chapter and every section open with a scenario based on an application, many of which are unique to the Sixth Edition. These scenarios are revisited in the course of the chapter or section in one of the book’s new examples, exercises, or discussions. The often-humorous tone of these openers is intended to help fearful and reluctant students overcome their negative perceptions about math.
- New The Lecture Series on DVD has been completely revised to provide students with extra help for each section of the textbook. The Lecture Series DVD includes:
- Interactive Lectures that highlight key examples and exercises for every section of the textbook. A new interface allows easy navigation to sections, objectives, and examples.
- Chapter Test Prep Videos provide step-by-step solutions to every problem in each Chapter Test in the textbook. The Chapter Test Prep Videos are now also available on YouTube™.
Table of Contents:
- Variables, Real Numbers, and Mathematical Models
- Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
- Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
- Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
- Exponents and Polynomials
- Factoring Polynomials
- Rational Expressions
- Roots and Radicals
- Quadratic Equations and Introduction to Functions