Beginning Algebra: A Text/Workbook

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Cengage Learning, Jan 22, 2009 - Mathematics - 816 pages
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Pat McKeague’s eighth edition of BEGINNING ALGEBRA is the traditional text for the modern student. Retaining the clarity and patience in explanation and concept development that has made it the book of choice for so many over the years, this new edition is replete with new examples, applications, and fresh new technology options. Throughout this text, you’ll find hundreds of new and relevant applications, with timely references to topics like gas prices and to companies like Google and Yahoo. Real data is used throughout, and wherever possible, has been updated to reflect recent changes. By showing how mathematics is used every day, the author makes students feel more at ease with the topics at hand. In a course where many students are entering with math anxiety, McKeague almost immediately calms students with chapter and section introductions, provides just in time study tips, and then helps students prepare with Getting Ready for Class boxes found throughout the text. This new edition comes complete with Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), the easy to use homework management system. With EWA, you can assign, collect, grade, and record homework assignments via the web. This complete learning system for students includes text-specific exercises, as well as tutorials, videos, and links to online tutoring, and eBook sections of the text.
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Contents

The Basics
1
Linear Equations and Inequalities
111
Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
213
Systems of Linear Equations
293
Exponents and Polynomials
341
Factoring
423
Rational Expressions
489
Roots and Radicals
573
Quadratic Equations
633
Resources
693
Introduction to Functions
695
Function Notation
703
Solutions to Selected Practice Problems
S-1
Answers to OddNumbered Problems
A-1
Index
A-49
Copyright

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Charles P. "Pat" McKeague earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge, and his M.S. in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. A well-known author and respected educator, he is a full-time writer and a part-time instructor at Cuesta College. He has published twelve textbooks in mathematics covering a range of topics from basic mathematics to trigonometry. An active member of the mathematics community, Professor McKeague is a popular speaker at regional conferences, including the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, the New Mexico Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, and the National Association for Developmental Education. He is a member of the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges, the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges.

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