In this intermediate algebra textbook, Tussy (Citrus College) and Gustafson (Rock Valley College) use a five-step problem-solving strategy that teaches students to analyze a problem, form an equation, solve the equation, state the conclusion, and check the result in order to clarify the thought process and mathematical skills needed for the subject. After a review of basic algebra, chapters cover graphs, equations of lines, and functions; systems of equations; inequalities; exponents, polynomials, and polynomial functions; rational expressions, equations, and functions; radical expressions, equations, and functions; quadratic equations, functions, and inequalities; exponential and logarithmic functions; and conic sections. The CD-ROM contains interactive video instruction. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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This text provides a blend of traditional and reform instructional approaches needed to read, write, speak, and think mathematically using the language of algebra. Tussy (Citrus College) and Gustafson (Rock Valley College) provide 11 chapters that expand the students' mathematical reasoning abilities and give them a set of survival skills that will help them to succeed in a world that increasingly requires analytic thinking. They include worked examples followed by self-checks, problem-solving strategies, applications and connections to other disciplines, in-depth coverage of geometry and graphing, study sets and reviews, and one-page summaries of key concepts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)