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College Algebra

(17 reviews)

Jay Abramson, Arizona State University

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781938168383

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Haley Dohrmann, Assistant Professor, Kirkwood Community College on 11/15/21

The text is a very comprehensive study of college algebra. Every topic was covered in depth with plenty of explanation, examples, and exercises. It has an index at the end of the book and a very useful glossary of key terms at the end of each... read more

Reviewed by Scott Hornby, Mathematics Department Course instructor, Bridgewater State University on 6/30/21

A comprehensive text I will consider using in Fall 2021 read more

Reviewed by Doug Joseph, Mathematics Instructor, Allen Community College on 5/29/21

This textbook covers the outcomes and objectives for a typical college algebra course. The main reason I am giving this text such a high rating is the index and key terms included after each chapter, I really like how terms are included in the... read more

Reviewed by Lynn Rickabaugh, Math Department Chair, Aiken Technical College on 2/23/21

This book is very comprehensive. All necessary areas and ideas are covered. The index and glossary are effective. The "How To" box is helpful in giving step by step solutions. The highlighted box of equations helps to identify key ideas. read more

Reviewed by Sarah Klanderman, Assistant Professor, Marian University on 12/28/20

This textbook covers all of the main topics of a typical College Algebra course, in addition to a few topics (e.g. ellipses, probability) that are less likely to be used. The index lists the main definitions, but usually links to a section in... read more

Reviewed by Luanne Gilbert, Part-Time Faculty, Bridgewater State University on 6/27/20

The text thoroughly covers all of the topics I would expect from a College Algebra text and more. It has extensive review material as well. The text has a large index of terms, properties and theorems. A click of your mouse on any index item takes... read more

Reviewed by Abdellah Laamarti, Instructor, NTCC on 4/22/20

The College Algebra textbook contains a wide range of topics that we currently cover in our College Algebra course, such as polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. The course material is presented in a logical order with a... read more

Reviewed by Brandie Windham, Mathematics Faculty, Morton College on 1/15/19

The text covers material comparable to the text I currently use. read more

Reviewed by Bader Abukhodair, Mathematics Instructor, Fort Hays State University on 11/29/18

This textbook covers all standard topics in College Algebra textbook, including prerequisite materials. There are two versions of the book: a PDF version and an online version. The online version has more capabilities such as hypermedia links to... read more

Reviewed by Namyong Lee, Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato on 6/19/18

The textbook contains all standard topics in modern College Algebra textbooks. Compare to our current textbook, which is from a commercial publisher, it covers the "Conic Sections" topics under the " Analytic Geometry". And the textbook does not... read more

Reviewed by Xiaolong Yao, Math Instructor, Portland Community College on 5/21/18

This textbook covers all topics in college algebra, with many chapters to review pre-requisite knowledge, including solving linear equations, factoring, solving quadratic equations and graphing quadratic functions. Instructors who have a need to... read more

Reviewed by Jill Beals, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 5/21/18

College Algebra includes all the topics critical to a college algebra course, including review topics. It is complete in its coverage of the building blocks of algebra, many types of functions, their graphs and conic sections. The exercise sets... read more

Reviewed by Justin (Pete) Rusaw, Visiting Professor of Mathematics, George Fox University on 2/1/18

The college algebra text covers all the typical topics for a course of this type. Within each idea there is an appropriate level of both mathematical rigor and application. read more

Reviewed by Zachary McLaughlin-Alcock, Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University Abington on 2/1/18

The text covers the full-set of expected material from a college algebra course with an emphasis on functions. There’s certainly more than a semester’s worth of material here and it would be fairly straightforward to pick and choose sections to... read more

Reviewed by Derrick Tucker, Instructor, Ohio University on 2/1/18

For a course titled College Algebra, all the topics covered and the level of rigor for those topics are mostly as one would expect. In addition, the text contains chapters in Analytic Geometry as well as Sequences and Probability. The... read more

Reviewed by Benjamin Gort, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 2/8/17

Any instructor teaching a college algebra class will find this text to be the perfect level of comprehensiveness. Some texts try to include too much and some texts leave to much out. With this text you can tell that the authors strive and succeed... read more

Reviewed by Jamie Wirth, Assistant Professor, Valley City State University on 1/7/16

The content of the text is quite comprehensive and certainly includes the relevant content that would be expected of a college algebra text. Some might argue that trigonometric functions should be included in a college algebra text, yet I have... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1 Prerequisites
  • 2 Equations and Inequalities
  • 3 Functions
  • 4 Linear Functions
  • 5 Polynomial and Rational Functions
  • 6 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • 7 Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • 8 Analytic Geometry
  • 9 Sequences, Probability, and Counting Theory

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  • About the Book

    College Algebra provides a comprehensive and multi-layered exploration of algebraic principles. The text is suitable for a typical introductory Algebra course, and was developed to be used flexibly. The modular approach and the richness of content ensures that the book meets the needs of a variety of programs.College Algebraguides and supports students with differing levels of preparation and experience with mathematics. Ideas are presented as clearly as possible, and progress to more complex understandings with considerable reinforcement along the way. A wealth of examples – usually several dozen per chapter – offer detailed, conceptual explanations, in order to build in students a strong, cumulative foundation in the material before asking them to apply what they've learned.

    OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

    About the Contributors


    Jay Abramson, Arizona State University