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College Algebra

(10 reviews)

Jay Abramson, Arizona State University

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781938168383

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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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

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.