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    College Algebra 2e - 2e

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    Jay Abramson, Arizona State University

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    ISBN 13: 9781951693411

    Publisher: OpenStax

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Sarah Cordell, Professor, Northeastern Illinois University on 4/12/24

    I gave this textbook a rating of 5 for the comprehensiveness category. The textbook includes all important content typically included in college algebra textbooks. This textbook also includes additional topics that may not be addressed in a... read more

    Reviewed by Kristin Riesgraf, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Wisconsin - Superior on 2/20/23

    The text does a thorough job of covering essential topics needed in a College Algebra course. Topics are explained with lots of details and examples. It also includes opportunities for students "Try It" themselves after each example problem. ... read more

    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 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 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 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

    • Preface
    • Chapter 1. Prerequisites
      • Introduction to Prerequisites
      • 1.1 Real Numbers: Algebra Essentials
      • 1.2 Exponents and Scientific Notation
      • 1.3 Radicals and Rational Exponents
      • 1.4 Polynomials
      • 1.5 Factoring Polynomials
      • 1.6 Rational
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 2. Equations and Inequalities
      • Introduction to Equations and Inequalities
      • 2.1 The Rectangular Coordinate Systems and Graphs
      • 2.2 Linear Equations in One Variable
      • 2.3 Models and Applications
      • 2.4 Complex Numbers
      • 2.5 Quadratic Equations
      • 2.6 Other Types of Equations
      • 2.7 Linear Inequalities and Absolute Value Inequalities
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 3. Functions
      • Introduction to Functions
      • 3.1 Functions and Function Notation
      • 3.2 Domain and Range
      • 3.3 Rates of Change and Behavior of Graphs
      • 3.4 Composition of Functions
      • 3.5 Transformation of Functions
      • 3.6 Absolute Value Functions
      • 3.7 Inverse Functions
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 4. Linear Functions
      • Introduction to Linear Functions
      • 4.1 Linear Functions
      • 4.2 Modeling with Linear Functions
      • 4.3 Fitting Linear Models to Data
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 5. Polynomial and Rational Functions
      • Introduction to Polynomial and Rational Functions
      • 5.1 Quadratic Functions
      • 5.2 Power Functions and Polynomial Functions
      • 5.3 Graphs of Polynomial Functions
      • 5.4 Dividing Polynomials
      • 5.5 Zeros of Polynomial Functions
      • 5.6 Rational Functions
      • 5.7 Inverses and Radical Functions
      • 5.8 Modeling Using Variation
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 6. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
      • Introduction to Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
      • 6.1 Exponential Functions
      • 6.2 Graphs of Exponential Functions
      • 6.3 Logarithmic Functions
      • 6.4 Graphs of Logarithmic Functions
      • 6.5 Logarithmic Properties
      • 6.6 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
      • 6.7 Exponential and Logarithmic Models
      • 6.8 Fitting Exponential Models to Data
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 7. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
      • Introduction to Systems of Equations and Inequalities
      • 7.1 Systems of Linear Equations: Two Variables
      • 7.2 Systems of Linear Equations: Three Variables
      • 7.3 Systems of Nonlinear Equations and Inequalities: Two Variables
      • 7.4 Partial Fractions
      • 7.5 Matrices and Matrix Operations
      • 7.6 Solving Systems with Gaussian Elimination
      • 7.7 Solving Systems with Inverses
      • 7.8 Solving Systems with Cramer's Rule
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 8. Analytic Geometry
      • Introduction to Analytic Geometry
      • 8.1 The Ellipse
      • 8.2 The Hyperbola
      • 8.3 The Parabola
      • 8.4 Rotation of Axes
      • 8.5 Conic Sections in Polar Coordinates
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 9. Sequences, Probability, and Counting Theory
      • Introduction to Sequences, Probability, and Counting Theory
      • 9.1 Sequences and Their Notations
      • 9.2 Arithmetic Sequences
      • 9.3 Geometric Sequences
      • 9.4 Series and Their Notations
      • 9.5 Counting Principles
      • 9.6 Binomial Theorem
      • 9.7 Probability
      • Chapter Review
      • Exercises
    • Answer Key
    • Index

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    • About the Book

      College Algebra 2e provides a comprehensive exploration of algebraic principles and meets scope and sequence requirements for a typical introductory algebra course. The modular approach and richness of content ensure that the book addresses the needs of a variety of courses. College Algebra 2e offers a wealth of examples with detailed, conceptual explanations, building a strong foundation in the material before asking students to apply what they’ve learned.

      The College Algebra 2e revision focused on improving relevance and representation as well as mathematical clarity and accuracy. Introductory narratives, examples, and problems were reviewed and revised using a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework. Many contexts, scenarios, and images have been changed to become even more relevant to students’ lives and interests. To maintain our commitment to accuracy and precision, examples, exercises, and solutions were reviewed by multiple faculty experts. All improvement suggestions and errata updates from the first edition were considered and unified across the different formats of the text. The first edition of College Algebra by OpenStax is available in web view here.

      About the Contributors


      Jay Abramson has been teaching Precalculus for over 35 years, the last 20 at Arizona State University, where he is a principal lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. His accomplishments at ASU include co-developing the university’s first hybrid and online math courses as well as an extensive library of video lectures and tutorials. In addition, he has served as a contributing author for two of Pearson Education’s math programs, NovaNet Precalculus and Trigonometry. Prior to coming to ASU, Jay taught at Texas State Technical College and Amarillo College. He received Teacher of the Year awards at both institutions.

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