Beginning Algebra with Applications and Visualization offers an innovative approach to the beginning algebra curriculum that allows students to gain both skills and understanding. This text not only prepares students for future mathematics courses, but it also demonstrates to students the relevance of mathematics. Real data, graphs, and tables play an important role in the course, giving meaning to the numbers and equations that students encounter. This approach increases student interest, motivation, and the likelihood for success. Many students think in visual, concrete terms and not abstractly. This text helps students learn mathematics better by moving from the concrete to the abstract. It makes use of multiple representations (verbal, graphical, numerical, and symbolic), applications, visualization, and technology.
Table of Contents :
1. Introduction to Algebra.
2. Linear Equations and Inequalities.
3. Graphing Equations.
4. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables.
5. Polynomials and Exponents.
6. Factoring Polynomials and Solving Equations.
7. Rational Expressions.
8. Radical Expressions and Functions.
9. Quadratic Equations.
Appendix: Graphing Calculator.
Answers to Selected Exercises.