Higher Education

College Algebra, 8th Edition

  • Jerome E. Kaufmann Western Illinois University (Retired)
  • Karen L. Schwitters Seminole Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1111990360  |  ISBN-13: 9781111990367
  • 800 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2002
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $239.50
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Overview

Known for a clear and concise exposition, numerous examples, and plentiful problem sets, Jerome E. Kaufmann and Karen L. Schwitters's COLLEGE ALGEBRA is an easy-to-use book that focuses on building technique and helping students hone their problem-solving skills. The eighth edition focuses on solving equations, inequalities, and problems; and on developing graphing techniques and using the concept of a function. Updated with new application problems and examples throughout, the eighth edition is accompanied by a robust collection of teaching and learning resources, including Enhanced WebAssign®, an easy-to-use online homework management system for both instructors and students.

Features and Benefits

  • A Chapter test appears at the end of each chapter to give students ample opportunity to prepare for their exams.
  • Cumulative Review Problem Sets appear at the ends of Chapter 2-8 to ensure that students retain the concepts of earlier chapters.
  • Problems called "Thoughts into Words" are included in all problems sets except the review exercises. These problems are designed to encourage students to express, in written form, their thoughts about various mathematical ideas.
  • Problem solving is an integral part of this text, as is recommended by the standards produced by NCTM and AMATYC. With problem solving as its focus, Chapter 1 pulls together and expands on a variety of approaches to solving equations and inequalities. Polya's four-phase plan is used as a basis for developing various problem solving strategies. Applications of radical equations are a part of Section 1.5, and applications of slope are in Section 2.3. Functions are introduced in Chapter 3 and are immediately used to solve problems. Exponential and logarithmic functions become problem-solving tools in Chapter 5. Systems of equations provide more problem solving power in Chapter 6. Problem solving is the unifying theme of Chapter 9.
  • The Enhanced WebAssign component will include approximately 2500 homework questions and a YouBook.

Table of Contents

0. SOME BASIC CONCEPTS OF ALGEBRA: A REVIEW.
Some Basic Ideas. Exponents. Polynomials. Factoring Polynomials. Rational Expressions. Radicals. Relationship Between Exponents and Roots. Complex Numbers. Chapter 0 Summary. Chapter 0 Review Problem Set. Chapter 0 Test.
1. EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES, AND PROBLEM SOLVING.
Linear Equations and Problem Solving. More Equations and Applications. Quadratic Equations. Applications of Linear and Quadratic Equations. Miscellaneous Equations. Inequalities. Quadratic and Rational Inequalities. Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities. Chapter 1 Summary. Chapter 1 Review Problem Set. Chapter 1 Test.
2. COORDINATE GEOMETRY AND GRAPHING TECHNIQUES.
Coordinate Geometry. Graphing Techniques: Linear Equations and Inequalities. Determining the Equation of a Li ne. More on Graphing. Circles, Ellipses, and Hyperbolas. Chapter 1 Summary. Chapter 1 Review Problem Set. Chapter 1 Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 0-2).
3. FUNCTIONS.
Concept of a Function. Linear Functions and Applications. Quadratic Equations. Transformations of Some Basic Curves. Combining Functions. Direct and Inverse Variation. Chapter 3 Summary. Chapter 3 Review Problem Set. Chapter 3 Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 0-3).
4. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS.
Dividing Polynomials and Synthetic Division. Remainder and factor Theorems. Polynomial Equations. Graphing Polynomial Functions. Graphing Rational Functions. More on Graphing Rational Functions. Chapter 4 Summary. Chapter 4 Review Problem Set. Chapter 4 Test.
Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 0-4).
5. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS.
Exponents and Exponential Functions. Applications of Exponential Functions. Inverse Functions. Logarithms. Logarithmic Functions. Exponential Equations, Logarithmic Equations, and Problem Solving. Chapter 5 Summary. Chapter 5 Review Problem Set. Chapter 5 Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 0-5).
6. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS.
Systems of Two Linear Equations in Two Variables. Systems of Three Linear Equations in Three Variables. Matrix Approach to Solving Linear Systems. Determinants. Cramer's Rule. Partial Fractions. Chapter 6 Summary. Chapter 6 Review Problem Set. Chapter 6 Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 0-6).
7. ALGEBRA OF MATRICES.
Algebra of 2 x 2 Matrices. Multiplicative Inverses. m x n Matrices. Systems of Linear Inequalities: Linear Programming. Chapter 7 Summary. Chapter 7 Review Problem Set. Chapter 7 Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 0-7).
8. CONIC SECTIONS.
Parabolas. Ellipses. Hyperbolas. Systems Involving Nonlinear Equations. Chapter 8 Summary. Chapter 8 Review Problem Set. Chapter 8 Test. Cumulative Review Problem Set (Chapters 0-8).
9. SEQUENCES AND MATHEMATICAL INDUCTION.
Arithmetic Sequences. Geometric Sequences. Another Look at Problem Solving. Mathematical Induction. Chapter 9 Summary. Chapter 9 Review Problem Set. Chapter 9 Test.

What's New

  • Classroom Examples: For every example in the text, there is an associated classroom example problem similar to the example problem. Answers to the classroom example problems are furnished in the Annotated Instructor's Edition but not in the Student's Edition. These classroom examples provide an excellent source of an additional problem to further the understanding of the example presented.
  • Chapter summaries: Chapter Summaries have taken on an entirely new look. The summaries are presented in a grid fashion by objectives. Each row contains the objective, pertinent information summarizing that objective, and an example problem with solution for that objective.
  • Objectives. Each section begins with a numbered list of objectives for that section. Then in the Problem Set following that section, groups of problems are identified by section objections.

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Bundle: Text + Student Solutions Manual

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  • College Algebra
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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111990425 | ISBN-13: 9781111990428)

The test bank includes test forms for each section of the text.

Complete Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111990433 | ISBN-13: 9781111990435)

The complete Solutions Manual includes solutions for every problem in the text.

PowerLecture with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1111990468 | ISBN-13: 9781111990466)

This CD-ROM (or DVD) provides the instructor with dynamic media tools for teaching. Create, deliver, and customize tests (both print and online) in minutes with ExamView® Computerized Testing Featuring Algorithmic Equations. Easily build solution sets for homework or exams using Solution Builder's online solutions manual. Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides and figures from the book are also included on this CD-ROM (or DVD).

Text-Specific DVDs  (ISBN-10: 1111990522 | ISBN-13: 9781111990527)

These text-specific instructional videos provide students with visual reinforcement of concepts and explanations given in easy-to-understand terms with detailed examples and sample problems. A flexible format offers versatility for quickly accessing topics or catering lectures to self-paced, online, or hybrid courses. Closed captioning is provided for the hearing impaired.

Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 111199045X | ISBN-13: 9781111990459)

Contains fully worked-out solutions to all of the odd-numbered exercises in the text, giving students a way to check their answers and ensure that they took the correct steps to arrive at an answer.

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Enhanced WebAssign Instant Access for Pre-Calculus & College Algebra, Single-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 128585831X | ISBN-13: 9781285858319)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Pre-Calculus & College Algebra, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: College Algebra, Trigonometry, Algebra and Trigonometry or Precalculus. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign combines exceptional mathematics content with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and an interactive, fully customizable eBook, Cengage YouBook helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. This access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If your students need to retake the course and you are using the same book AND edition then they will not need to buy a new code. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not certain this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your Cengage Learning Consultant.

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Student Supplements

Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 111199045X | ISBN-13: 9781111990459)

Go beyond the answers--see what it takes to get there and improve your grade! This manual provides worked-out, step-by-step solutions to the odd-numbered problems in the text. This gives you the information you need to truly understand how these problems are solved.

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Enhanced WebAssign Instant Access for Pre-Calculus & College Algebra, Single-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 128585831X | ISBN-13: 9781285858319)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Pre-Calculus & College Algebra, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: College Algebra, Trigonometry, Algebra and Trigonometry or Precalculus. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign combines exceptional mathematics content with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and an interactive, fully customizable eBook, Cengage YouBook helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. This access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If you need to retake the course and your instructor is using the same book AND edition then you will not need to buy a new code. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not certain this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jerome E. Kaufmann

Jerome E. Kaufmann received his Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Virginia. Now a retired Professor of Mathematics from Western Illinois University, he has more than 30 years of teaching experience at the high school, two-year, and four-year college levels. He is the author of 45 college mathematics textbooks.

Karen L. Schwitters

Karen L. Schwitters graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Mathematics. She earned an M.S. Ed. in Professional Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University. Schwitters is currently teaching at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida, where she is very active in multimedia instruction and is involved in planning distance learning courses with multimedia materials. She is an advocate for Enhanced WebAssign and uses it in her classroom. In 1998, she received the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award.