INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS, 2nd Edition, shows you how to apply traditional mathematical skills in realworld situations. With an emphasis on skill building and applications, concepts are connected to the real world, helping you master the material and enhance your problemsolving skills. The authors have developed several techniques to make the concepts as vivid as possible for you. First, they integrated applications to show you why and how math applies to our lives. Second, the authors use "Concept Investigations" activities to explore patterns and relationships in the concepts studied. Third, they emphasize the tools needed for strong algebra skills with the Equation Solving Toolkit, Expression Simplifying Toolkit, Factoring Toolkit, and Modeling Toolkit. Fourth, the text underscores the importance of graphs and graphing by having you learn graphing by hand, while technology is used to display reallife data problems.
1. LINEAR FUNCTIONS.
Solving Linear Equations. Fundamentals of Graphing and Slope. Intercepts and Graphing. Finding Equations of Lines. Functions and Function Notation. Using Data to Create Scatterplots. Finding Linear Models.
2. SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES.
Systems of Linear Equations. Solving Systems of Equations Using the Substitution Method. Solving Systems of Equations Using the Elimination Method. Solving Linear Inequalities. Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities. Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities.
3. EXPONENTS, POLYNOMIAL AND FUNCTIONS.
Rules for Exponents. Combining Functions. Composing Functions. Factoring Polynomials. Special Factoring Techniques.
4. QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS.
Quadratic Functions and Parabolas. Graphing Quadratic Function from Vertex Form. Finding Quadratic Models. Solving Quadratic Equations by Square Root Property and Completing the Square. Solving Equations by Factoring. Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Quadratic Formula. Graphing Quadratic Functions from Standard Form.
5. EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS.
Exponential Functions: Patterns of Growth and Decay. Solving Equations Using Exponent Rules. Graphing Exponential Functions. Finding Exponential Models. Exponential Growth and Decay Rates and Compounding Interest.
6. LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS.
Functions and Their Inverses. Logarithmic Functions. Graphing Logarithmic Functions. Properties of Logarithms. Solving Exponential Equations. Solving Logarithmic Equations.
7. RATIONAL FUNCTIONS.
Rational Functions and Variation. Simplifying Rational Expressions. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions. Solving Rational Equations.
8. RADICAL FUNCTIONS.
Radical Functions. Graphing Radical Functions. Adding and Subtracting Radicals. Multiplying and Dividing Radicals. Solving Radical Equations. Complex Numbers.
9. CONICS SECTIONS.
Parabolas and Circles. Ellipses and Hyperbolas.
APPENDIX A.
Basic Algebra Review. Review of Number Systems. Operations with Integers. Operations with Rationals. Review of Solving Linear Equations. Scientific Notation. Interval Notation.
APPENDIX B.
Matrices. Solving Systems of Three Equations. Introduction to Matrices. Matrix Row Reduction. Solving Systems with Matrices. Using Systems of Three Equations to Model Quadratics.
APPENDIX C.
Using the Graphing Calculator. Steps for Using the Graphing Calculator. Troubleshooting Error Messages.
APPENDIX D.
Answers to OddNumbered Exercises.
APPENDIX E.
Answers to the Example Practice Problems.

Mark Clark
Mark Clark graduated from California State University, Long Beach, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics. A fulltime associate professor at Palomar College, since 1996, Mark is committed to teaching using applications and technology to help students understand mathematics in context and communicate results clearly. Intermediate algebra is one of his favorite courses to teach and he continues to teach several sections of this course each year. He is coauthor of BEGINNING ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS, and BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA: CONNECTING CONCEPTS THROUGH APPLICATIONS published by Cengage. Mark shares his passion for using applications to teach mathematical concepts by delivering workshops and talks to other instructors at local and national conferences.

Cynthia Anfinson
Cynthia (Cindy) Anfinson graduated from UCSD's Revelle College in 1985, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went to graduate school at Cornell University under the Army Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship. She graduated from Cornell in 1989 with a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics. She is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Palomar College and has been teaching there since 1995. Cindy Anfinson was a finalist in Palomar College's 2002 Distinguished Faculty Award.

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RESPONSIVE QUESTIONS personalize the learning experience for your students by asking them to use their own real data, which provides the variables they will use to answer each question part.

CONCEPT CHECK questions provide students with short, multistep videos reviewing key math concepts. Students are required to answer a question after each video to ensure their understanding of each concept.

EXPANDED PROBLEMS include intermediary steps to guide students to the final answer.

MASTER IT TUTORIALS break problems down into steps to help guide students through the mathematical process.

COURSE PACKS are modifiable, readytouse assignments built by subject matter experts to help save time.

CLASS INSIGHTS provide understanding of student knowledge gaps.

APPROPRIATE USE OF GRAPHING TECHNOLOGY: Graphing calculators are used in this text to help students understand mathematical concepts and to work with realworld data. Graphing calculators are used to create scatterplots of real data and to verify reasoning related to data models. Linear, quadratic, and exponential models are created by hand, using an eyeball bestfit approach and algebraic techniques. The calculator is also used to check solutions both graphically and numerically and to do some numerical calculations. Students, however, are also required to solve problems, graph, and do other algebraic skills by hand.

INCREASED EMPHASIS on identifying equation and function types within solving, graphing, and modeling problems. This helps students review previous material and connect it to the current topics.

EXERCISE SETS include a balance of both applications and skillbased problems developed with a clear level of progression in terms of difficulty level. The exercise sets begin with vocabulary shortanswer exercises. Most exercise sets begin with a few warmup problems before focusing on applications. Exercise sets typically end with additional skill practice to help students master the concepts when needed. A balance of graphical, numerical, and algebraic skill problems is included throughout the book to help students see mathematics from several different views.

FOUR TOOLKITS are included with this edition: the Equation Solving Toolkit, Factoring Toolkit, Expression Simplifying Toolkit, and Modeling Toolkit. Integrated throughout the text with visual icons, justintime help connects students to the solving techniques and tools used for different problem types. Each Toolkit emphasizes how these fundamental equations are used throughout the course.

CHAPTER PROJECTS enhance critical thinking, and can be assigned either individually or as group work. Instructors can choose which projects best suit the focus of their class and allow students to demonstrate their mathematical reasoning. Some of these projects include online research or activities that students must perform to analyze data and make conclusions.

CRITICAL THINKING FEATURE: Concept Investigations. These directeddiscovery activities are ideal as group work during class, incorporated as part of a lecture, or as individual assignments to investigate concepts further. Inserted at key points within the chapter, each Concept Investigation supports student explorations of patterns and relationships represented by graphical and algebraic functions.

Exercise Sets. The exercise sets include a balance of both applications and skillbased problems developed with a clear level of progression in terms of difficulty level. The exercise sets begin with vocabulary shortanswer exercises. Most exercise sets continue with a few warmup problems before focusing on applications. Exercise sets typically end with additional skill practice to help students master the concepts when needed. A balance of graphical, numerical, and algebraic skill problems is included throughout the book to help students see mathematics from several different views. Endofbook answers are written in full sentences to underscore the emphasis on student communication skills.

Appropriate Use of Graphing Technology. Graphing calculators are used in this text to help students understand mathematical concepts and to work with realworld data. Graphing calculators are used to create scatterplots of real data and to verify reasoning related to data models. Linear, quadratic, and exponential models are created by hand, using an eyeball bestfit approach and algebraic techniques. The calculator is also used to check solutions both graphically and numerically and to do some numerical calculations. Students, however, are also required to solve problems, graph, and do other algebraic skills by hand.
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