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Intermediate Algebra 4th Edition

Alan S. Tussy, R. David Gustafson, Diane Koenig

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  • Previous Editions 2006, 2006, 2002
  • 1024 Pages
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Offering a uniquely modern, balanced approach, Tussy/Gustafson/Koenig's INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Fourth Edition, integrates the best of traditional drill and practice with the best elements of the reform movement. To many developmental math students, algebra is like a foreign language. They have difficulty translating the words, their meanings, and how they apply to problem solving. Emphasizing the "language of algebra," the text's fully integrated learning process is designed to expand students' reasoning abilities and teach them how to read, write, and think mathematically. It blends instructional approaches that include vocabulary, practice, and well-defined pedagogy with an emphasis on reasoning, modeling, communication, and technology skills.

Alan S. Tussy, Citrus College

Alan Tussy has taught all levels of developmental mathematics at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. He has written nine math books. An extraordinary author dedicated to his students' success, he is relentlessly meticulous and creative—a visionary who maintains a keen focus on the greatest challenges students face in Mathematics. Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Redlands and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught across course and curriculum areas from prealgebra to differential equations. He is currently focusing on teaching courses related to Developmental Mathematics. Professor Tussy is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).

R. David Gustafson, Rock Valley College (Emeritus)

R. David Gustafson is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Rock Valley College in Illinois and has also taught extensively at Rockford College and Beloit College. He is coauthor of several best-selling mathematics textbooks, including Gustafson/Frisk/Hughes' COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Gustafson/Karr/Massey's BEGINNING ALGEBRA, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: A COMBINED APPROACH, and the Tussy/Gustafson and Tussy/Gustafson/Koenig developmental mathematics series. His numerous professional honors include Rock Valley Teacher of the Year and Rockford's Outstanding Educator of the Year. He has been very active in AMATYC as a Midwest Vice-president and has been President of IMACC, AMATYC's Illinois affiliate. He earned a Master of Arts from Rockford College in Illinois, as well as a Master of Science from Northern Illinois University.

Diane Koenig, Rock Valley College

A nationally recognized educator and author, Diane Koenig actively shaped several textbooks, ancillaries and series. Since 1982 when she helped develop the Gustafson/Frisk series to her work on the Tussy/Koenig/Gustafson series, Diane’s writing continues to reflect the expertise she gains from working with students in her Mathematics courses. Throughout her work, she integrates research-based strategies in Mathematics education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Math Education from Illinois State University in 1980, and began her career at Rock Valley College in 1981, when she became the Math Supervisor for a newly formed Personalized Learning Center. Earning her Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics from Northern Illinois University in 1984, Diane, enjoys the distinction of being the first woman to become a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department for Rock Valley College. In addition to being awarded AMATYC's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, she was chosen as the Rock Valley College Faculty of the Year by her peers in 2005, and the next year she was awarded the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award and the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to her teaching, she is an active member of the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges (IMACC), serving on the board of directors, on a state-level task force rewriting the course outlines for the Developmental Mathematics courses, and as the Association's newsletter editor.
  • Students gain a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts if they know why a particular approach is taken. That instructional truth was the motivation for adding a "Strategy and Why" explanation to the solution of each worked example, providing a concise answer to that all-important question, "Why?"
  • The practice problems have been heavily revised to address every topic within each section and to maintain a clear progression of level. The Practice section has been divided into two categories, Guided Practice and Try It Yourself. Guided Practice takes each practice problem and keys it directly to the appropriate example in the section. Try It Yourself problems were designed to help students determine their own strategies when solving problems just as they would when they take a test.
  • Each worked example now ends with a Now Try problem completing the final step in the learning process. Each one is linked to a similar problem found within the Guided Practice section of the Study Sets.
  • Context-driven chapter openers include new From Campus to Careers features that highlight vocations requiring a variety of mathematics skills. The job outlook, educational requirements, and annual earnings data give students practical information to make career decisions. Problems presented in the openers are tied to exercises in the Study Sets.
  • INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Fourth Edition, begins with a Study Skills Workshop module. This module contains one-page discussions of study skills topics followed by a Now Try This section offering students actionable skills, assignments, and projects that will impact their study habits throughout the course. In addition, Study Skills Checklists, appearing before the Chapter Summary and Review, warn students of common errors giving them time to consider these pitfalls before taking their exam. Furthermore, the revised Cumulative Reviews now cross-reference back to the section from which the problem comes - providing easy reference for students.
  • The Instructor's Resource Binder is an excellent resource for seasoned instructors and those new to the course. These insightful teaching guides cover each section of the main text, providing instruction tips, examples, activities, worksheets, overheads, assessments, and solutions. The kit also integrates the authors' philosophy, helping adjuncts successfully teach with this unique approach.
  • The applications have been the most well-received aspect of the text. Practical and relevant, the text's real-world emphasis is integrated throughout, including study set applications, chapter openers, and in-text examples. Real-life applications are presented from a number of disciplines, including science, business, economics, manufacturing, entertainment, history, art, music, and mathematics.
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  • One of the hallmarks of the series, comprehensive study sets were developed with a clear progression in terms of level so that students methodically build their knowledge of the section concepts, from basic recall to more complex problem-solving. Each Study Set includes the following exercises: Vocabulary, Concepts, Notation, Guided Practice, Try It Yourself, Applications, Writing, and Review.
  • The authors' proven five-step problem-solving strategy teaches students to analyze the problem, form an equation, solve the equation, state the conclusion, and check the result. This step-by-step approach clarifies the thought process and mathematical skills necessary to solve a wide variety of problems - which bolsters student confidence and sharpens problem-solving skills.
  • Combining the best of traditional and reform approaches, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Fourth Edition, focuses on adequate skill development while emphasizing applications and interpretation of visual data, conceptual development, and problem solving. The text utilizes creative applications, a unique learning system, and an emphasis on the language of algebra.
The Language of Algebra. The Real Numbers. Operations with Real Numbers. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Using Properties of Real Numbers. Solving Linear Equations Using Properties of Equality. Solving Formulas; Geometry. Using Equations to Solve Problems. More About Problem Solving. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
The Rectangular Coordinate System. Graphing Linear Equations. Rate of Change and the Slope of a Line. Writing Equations of Lines. An Introduction to Functions. Graphs of Functions. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Solving Systems by Graphing. Solving Systems Algebraically. Problems Solving Using Systems of Two Equations. Solving Systems of Equations in Three Variables. Problem Solving Using Systems of Three Equations. Solving Systems of Equations Using Matrices. Solving Systems Using Determinants. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Solving Linear Inequalities in One Variable. Solving Compound Inequalities. Solving Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities. Linear Inequalities in Two Variables. Systems of Linear Inequalities. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Exponents. Scientific Notation. Polynomials and Polynomial Functions. Multiplying Polynomials. The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping. The Difference of Two Squares; The Sum and Difference of Two Cubes. Factoring Trinomials. Summary of Factoring Techniques. Solving Equations by Factoring. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Rational Functions and Simplifying Rational Expressions. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions. Simplifying Complex Fractions. Dividing Polynomials. Synthetic Division. Solving Rational Equations. Problem Solving Using Rational Equations. Proportion and Variation. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Radical Expressions and Radical Functions. Simplifying and Combining Radical Expressions. Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions. Radical Equations. Rational Exponents. Geometric Applications of Radicals. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Square Root Property and Completing the Square. The Quadratic Formula. Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs. The Discriminant and Equations That Can Be Written in Quadratic Form. Quadratic and Other Nonlinear Inequalities. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Algebra and Composition of Functions. Inverses of Functions. Exponential Functions. Base-e Exponential Functions. Logarithmic Functions. Base-e Logarithms. Properties of Logarithms. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
The Circle and Parabola. The Ellipse. The Hyperbola. Solving Nonlinear Systems of Equations. Chapter Summary and Review. Chapter Test. Cumulative Review.
Appendix I: Roots and Powers.
Appendix II: Answers to Selected Exercises.
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