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College Algebra: Concepts Through Functions, 3rd edition

  • Michael Sullivan

Published by Pearson (January 13th 2014) - Copyright © 2015

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College Algebra: Concepts Through Functions

ISBN-13: 9780321925749

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College Algebra: Concepts Through Functions, Third Edition focuses on the fundamentals: preparation for class, practice with homework, and reviewing of key concepts.  With the Concepts Through Functions series, the Sullivans expose students to functions in the first chapter and maintain a continuous theme of functions throughout the text. This approach ensures students master basic skills and develop the conceptual understanding they need for the course, ultimately preparing students for future math courses as well.

KEY TOPICS: A Prelude to Functions; Functions and Their Graphs; Linear and Quadratic Functions; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Conics; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Sequences; Induction; the Binomial Theorem; Counting and Probability; Review; Graphing Utilities


MARKET: For all readers interested in precalculus.

Table of contents

Foundations: A Prelude to Functions

F.1 The Distance and Midpoint Formulas

F.2 Graphs of Equations in Two Variables; Intercepts; Symmetry

F.3 Lines

F.4 Circles


1. Functions and Their Graphs

1.1 Functions

1.2 The Graph of a Function

1.3 Properties of Functions

1.4 Library of Functions; Piecewise-defined Functions

1.5 Graphing Techniques: Transformations

1.6 Mathematical Models: Constructing Functions

1.7 Building Mathematical Models Using Variation

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects


2. Linear and Quadratic Functions

2.1 Properties of Linear Functions and Linear Models

2.2 Building Linear Models from Data

2.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Zeros

2.4 Properties of Quadratic Functions

2.5 Inequalities Involving Quadratic Functions

2.6 Building Quadratic Models from Verbal Descriptions and from Data

2.7 Complex Zeros of a Quadratic Function

2.8 Equations and Inequalities Involving the Absolute Value Function

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


3. Polynomial and Rational Functions

3.1 Polynomial Functions and Models

3.2 The Real Zeros of a Polynomial Function

3.3 Complex Zeros; Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

3.4 Properties of Rational Functions

3.5 The Graph of a Rational Function

3.6 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

Chapter Projects

Cumulative Review


4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

4.1 Composite Functions

4.2 One-to-One Functions; Inverse Functions

4.3 Exponential Functions

4.4 Logarithmic Functions

4.5 Properties of Logarithms

4.6 Logarithmic and Exponential Equations

4.7 Compound Interest

4.8 Exponential Growth and Decay; Newton’s Law; Logistic Growth and Decay

4.9 Building Exponential, Logarithmic, and Logistic Functions from Data

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test


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