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College Algebra, 6th Edition

  • James Stewart McMaster University
  • Lothar Redlin Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus
  • Saleem Watson California State University, Long Beach
  • ISBN-10: 1111990166  |  ISBN-13: 9781111990169
  • 784 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2004, 2000
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

Learn to think mathematically and develop genuine problem-solving skills with Stewart, Redlin, and Watson's COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Sixth Edition. This straightforward and easy-to-use algebra book will help you learn the fundamentals of algebra in a variety of practical ways. The book features new tools to help you succeed, such as learning objectives before each section to prepare you for what you're about to learn, and a list of formulas and key concepts after each section that help reinforce what you've learned. In addition, the book includes many real-world examples that show you how mathematics is used to model in fields like engineering, business, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Features and Benefits

  • The new Get Ready feature at the beginning of a section lets students know which previous sections they need to have mastered before starting the section.
  • Concept exercises, in addition to drill/skill exercises, vary from easy to difficult and help ensure that students are truly grasping the algebraic theories.
  • Practice What You've Learned features at the end of each example directs students to a similar problem in the exercises, allowing them to immediately reinforce the concept just covered.
  • Cumulative Reviews appear after select groups of chapters and help students gauge their progress and gain experience in taking tests that cover a broad range of concepts and skills.
  • Enhanced WebAssign allows you to assign, collect, grade, and record homework assignments online, minimizing workload and streamlining the grading process. It also gives students the ability to stay organized with assignments and have up-to-date grade information.
  • Many real-world applications show students how mathematics is used to model in fields such as engineering, physics, chemistry, business, and biology and help them relate the concepts they're studying to the world around them.
  • Focus on Modeling sections show how algebra can be applied to model real-life situations.
  • Optional, yet complete, technology applications for graphing calculators and computers appear throughout the text, giving you the flexibility to teach the course the way you want.

Table of Contents

Preface.
To the Student.
Are You Ready for College Algebra?
Prologue: Principles of Problem Solving.
P. PREREQUISITES.
Modeling the Real World with Algebra. The Real Numbers. Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation. Rational Exponents and Radicals. Algebraic Expressions. Factoring. Rational Expressions. Solving Basic Equations. Chapter P Review. Chapter P Test. FOCUS ON MODELING: Making the Best Decisions.
1. EQUATIONS AND GRAPHS.
The Coordinate Plane. Graphs of Equations in Two Variables; Circles. Lines. Solving Equations Graphically. Modeling with Equations. Solving Quadratic Equations. Solving Other Types of Equations. Solving Inequalities. Solving Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities. Chapter 1 Review. Chapter 1 Test. FOCUS ON MODELING: Fitting Lines to Data.
2. FUNCTIONS.
Functions. Graphs of Functions. Getting Information from the Graph of a Function. Average Rate of Change of a Function. Transformations of Functions. Combining Functions. One-to-One Functions and Their Inverses. Chapter 2 Review. Chapter 2 Test. FOCUS ON MODELING: Modeling with Functions.
3. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS.
Quadratic Functions and Models. Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs. Dividing Polynomials. Real Zeros of Polynomials. Complex Numbers. Complex Zeros and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Rational Functions. Modeling Variation. Chapter 3 Review. Chapter 3 Test. FOCUS ON MODELING: Fitting Polynomial Curves to Data.
4. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS.
Exponential Functions. The Natural Exponential Function. Logarithmic Functions. Laws of Logarithms. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations. Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Chapter 4 Review. Chapter 4 Test. Cumulative Review Test: Chapters 2, 3, and 4. FOCUS ON MODELING: Fitting Exponential and Power Curves to Data.
5. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES.
Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables. Systems of Linear Equations in Several Variables. Partial Fractions. Systems of Nonlinear Equations. Systems of Inequalities. Chapter 5 Review. Chapter 5 Test. FOCUS ON MODELING: Linear Programming.
6. MATRICES AND DETERMINANTS.
Matrices and Systems of Linear Equations. The Algebra of Matrices. Inverses of Matrices and Matrix Equations. Determinants and Cramer's Rules. Chapter 6 Review. Chapter 6 Test. FOCUS ON MODELING: Computer Graphics.
7. CONIC SECTIONS.
Parabolas. Ellipses. Hyperbolas. Shifted Conics. Chapter 7 Review. Chapter 7 Test. Cumulative Review Test: Chapters 5, 6, and 7. FOCUS ON MODELING: Conics in Architecture.
8. SEQUENCES AND SERIES.
Sequences and Summation Notation. Arithmetic Sequences. Geometric Sequences. Mathematics of Finance. Mathematical Induction. The Binomial Theorem. Chapter 8 Review. Chapter 8 Test. FOCUS ON MODELING: Modeling with Recursive Sequences.
9. PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS.
Counting. Probability. Binomial Probability. Expected Value. Chapter 9 Review. Chapter 9 Test. Cumulative Review Test: Chapters 8 and 9. FOCUS ON MODELING: The Monte Carlo Method.
APPENDIX A: Calculations and Calculations.
APPENDIX B: Graphing with a Graphing Calculator.
APPENDIX C: Using the TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator.

What's New

  • Early Chapter on Functions. The chapter on Functions now appears earlier in the book--moving from Chapter 3 to Chapter 2. The review material (in Chapters P and 1) has been streamlined and rewritten, allowing Instructors to more quickly get to the key part of the course—functions.
  • Diagnostic Test. A diagnostic test, designed to test preparedness for college algebra, is available at the beginning of the book. This allows Instructors to more easily determine if their students are ready for the material they will encounter in college algebra or if they should review some basic algebra skills. As a result instructors can better schedule and organize their lecture topics.
  • Exercises. More than 30% of the exercises are new. This includes new Concept Exercises and new Skills exercises. Updated exercises provide more relevant material that will engage students. Concept and Skill exercises will improve their students' ability to handle application problems and allow instructors to spend more time on more interesting applied problems.
  • Book Companion Website. A new website www.stewartmath.com contains Discovery Projects for each chapter and Focus on Problem Solving sections that highlight different problem-solving principles outlined in the Prologue. Instructors can direct students to this additional source for learning problem solving skills.
  • Chapter P Preliminaries. This chapter now contains a section on basic equations, including linear equations and power equations. Instructors have available to them important review material which ultimately will help in their students' greater understanding of graphing functions.
  • Chapter 1 Equations and Graphs. This is a new chapter that includes an introduction to the coordinate plane and graphs of equations (in two variables), as well as the material on solving equations. Including these topics in one chapter highlights the relationship between algebraic and graphical solutions of equations. Instructors will now have more book support in explaining the relationship between data and its graphical representation and the algebraic representation of that data.

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Instructor's Guide  (ISBN-10: 111199028X | ISBN-13: 9781111990282)

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Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111990247 | ISBN-13: 9781111990244)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

James Stewart

The late James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Stewart was most recently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field was harmonic analysis. Stewart was the author of a best-selling calculus textbook series published by Cengage Learning, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts.

Lothar Redlin

Lothar Redlin grew up on Vancouver Island, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1978. He subsequently did research and taught at the University of Washington, the University of Waterloo, and California State University, Long Beach. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus. His research field is topology.

Saleem Watson

Saleem Watson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Andrews University in Michigan. He did graduate studies at Dalhousie University and McMaster University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. He subsequently did research at the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warsaw in Poland. He also taught at The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. His research field is functional analysis.