Higher Education

College Algebra with Applications for Business and Life Sciences, 2nd Edition

  • Ron Larson The Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College
  • Anne V. Hodgkins Phoenix College
  • ISBN-10: 1133108490  |  ISBN-13: 9781133108498
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $227.25
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Overview

COLLEGE ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESS AND LIFE SCIENCES, Second Edition, meets the demand for courses that emphasize problem solving, modeling, and real-world applications for business and the life sciences. The authors provide a firm foundation in algebraic concepts, and prompt students to apply their understanding to relevant examples and applications they are likely to encounter in college or in their careers. The program addresses the needs of students at all levels--and in particular those who may have struggled in previous algebra courses--offering an abundance of examples and exercises that reinforce concepts and make learning more dynamic. The early introduction of functions in Chapter 1 ensures compatibility with syllabi and provides a framework for student learning. Instructors can also opt to use graphing technology as a tool for problem solving and for review or retention.

Features and Benefits

  • Every section begins with a list of objectives that highlights the learning outcomes of that section and provides instructors with a tool for lesson planning.
  • Appearing in the middle of each chapter, Mid-Chapter Quizzes are single-page tests that let students practice skills and concepts learned in the chapter. This opportunity for self-assessment helps uncover potential weaknesses that might require further review of the material.
  • Revised! Section-ending Business Capsules and accompanying exercises address business situations related to the mathematical concepts covered in the chapter.
  • Revised! At the beginning of each exercise set, Skills Warm Up exercises give students practice of skills covered in previous sections that are used in the exercise set; answers are provided at the back of the text to reinforce understanding.
  • Revised! The Exercise Sets have been revised based on actual student usage data to improve student comprehension. Approximately 5,000 exercises progress from skill-development problems to more challenging, real-world applications--all of which can be customized to the difficulty level of the instructor's choice.
  • A wide variety of relevant examples--each of which is titled for easy reference--includes solutions presented graphically, analytically, and/or numerically to provide further insight into mathematical concepts. Examples that illustrate real-life situations are identified with an icon.
  • For instructors who wish to incorporate technology, optional Tech Tutor boxes provide guidance on using technology to ease lengthy calculations, present a graphical solution, or discuss where using technology can lead to misleading or wrong solutions. In addition, exercises requiring technology are identified with a graphing calculator icon.

Table of Contents

0. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF ALGEBRA.
Real Numbers: Order and Absolute Value. The Basic Rules of Algebra. Integer Exponents. Radicals and Rational Exponents. Polynomials and Special Products.
Factoring. Fractional Expressions.
1. EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES.
Linear Equations. Mathematical Modeling. Quadratic Equations. The Quadratic Formula. Other Types of Equations. Linear Inequalities. Other Types of Inequalities.
2. FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS.
Graphs of Equations. Lines in the Plane. Linear Modeling and Direct Variation. Functions. Graphs of Functions. Transformations of Functions. The Algebra of Functions.
3. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS.
Quadratic Functions and Models. Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree. Polynomial Division. Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions. Complex Numbers. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Rational Functions.
4. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS.
Inverse Functions. Exponential Functions. Logarithmic Functions. Properties of Logarithms. Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations. Exponential and Logarithmic Models.
5. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES.
Solving Linear Systems Using Substitution. Solving Linear Systems Using Elimination. Linear Systems in Three or More Variables. Systems of Inequalities. Linear Programming.
6. MATRICES AND DETERMINANTS.
Matrices and Linear Systems. Operations with Matrices. The Inverse of a Square Matrix.
The Determinant of a Square Matrix. Applications of Matrices and Determinants.
7. SEQUENCES, SERIES, AND PROBABILITY.
Sequences and Summation Notation. Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums. Geometric Sequences and Series. The Binomial Theorem. Counting Principles. Probability.
Appendix A: An Introduction to Graphing Utilities.
Appendix B: Conic Sections.
Conic Sections. Conic Sections and Translations.
Appendix C: Further Concepts in Statistics.
Data and Linear Modeling. Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion.

What's New

  • New! A Summarize feature guides students in creating section-level concept summaries-- helping them process and organize key concepts while providing a valuable study tool.
  • New! How Do You See It? exercises ask students to draw conclusions about information presented visually. Requiring little or no calculation, these exercises check students' conceptual understanding of key concepts.
  • New and Updated! Projects, which appear in selected sections, connect real-life data and applications and give your students the opportunity to generate and analyze mathematical models from large data sets.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ron Larson

Dr. Ron Larson is a professor of mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1970. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado and is considered the pioneer of using multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics, having authored over 30 software titles since 1990. Dr. Larson conducts numerous seminars and in-service workshops for math educators around the country about using computer technology as an instructional tool and motivational aid. He is the recipient of the 2014 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTAL FUNCTIONS, the 2014 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for PRECALCULUS, the 2012 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: AN APPLIED APPROACH, and the 1996 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for INTERACTIVE CALCULUS (a complete text on CD-ROM that was the first mainstream college textbook to be offered on the Internet). Dr. Larson authors numerous textbooks including the best-selling Calculus series published by Cengage Learning.

Anne V. Hodgkins

Anne Hodgkins received her Ed.D. in higher education from Texas A&M University at Commerce in 1990. She has taught at the secondary, community college and university levels. She currently teaches at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona. She especially enjoys teaching intermediate and college algebra as well as calculus. Her interests include math education and research in mathematics teaching strategies.