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Algebra and Trigonometry

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Jay Abramson, Arizona State University

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781938168376

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Yanwu Ding, Associate Professor, Wichita State University on 10/12/21

The book explores the algebraic principles and meets scope and sequence requirements for a typical introductory algebra and trigonometry read more

Reviewed by Tracy McCoy, Math Instructor, Midlands Technical College on 4/20/21

I did not find any holes in the topics where a topic my college covers was not in this text. read more

Reviewed by Valeria D'Orazio, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Maritime Academy on 6/30/20

This book covers all topics and more of a standard Precalculus course. read more

Reviewed by Carl Yao, Math Instructor, Portland Community College on 5/14/20

The textbook coveres all possible topics in Precalculus. read more

Reviewed by Laura Stapleton, Instructor, Marshall University on 3/10/20

The textbook is comprehensive. I've used the Algebra and Trigonometry textbook in a face-to-face co-requisite College Algebra class for 2 years without problems. Most students utilize the textbook digitally. The textbook is set up as a... read more

Reviewed by Babul Saha, Adjunct Lecturer, LAGCC on 5/17/19

This book is perfect to teach one semester course. It has all the material that we cover in a semester. read more

Reviewed by Matt Brown, Director, Quantitative Reasoning Center, Earlham College on 5/14/19

I use this text for a semester course. There is more than enough content for a semester course. I doubt there is enough for a full year. read more

Reviewed by Marissa Ford, Assistant Professor, Trine University on 5/13/19

I did not see a glossary, but there was an effective index. From what I see, you cannot get to the index unless you download the book from the website. Once I downloaded it, I could see the index. read more

Reviewed by Brandy Williams, Instructor , Northshore Technical Community College on 4/24/19

All areas of the subject are covered. The index is easy to use. Each section contains a glossary which can be helpful and convenient, but for instructors who limit their teaching to specific sections, a comprehensive glossary that is easily... read more

Reviewed by Cecilia Weingartner, Lecture of Mathematics, Southern Utah University on 8/2/18

The text book is comprehensive, covering most of the materials for College Algebra and Trigonometry in a standard, traditional way. It has an introduction, learning objectives, contents with definitions, key points, graphs, and examples with... read more

Reviewed by Stacy Jurgens, Instructor, Mesabi Range College on 8/2/18

The text was very thorough. In fact, when using it in my Advanced Algebra course I skipped many sections. The homework problems were plentiful and offered a lot of variety. However, the word problems all felt a little too similar. A student doing... read more

Reviewed by Meryem Abouali, Adjunct lecturer, Laguardia Community College on 5/21/18

Algebra and Trigonometry text covers a standard typical topics for Algebra course. Within each concept there is an appropriate level of critical thinking and application. There is a perfect level of comprehensiveness. read more

Reviewed by G. Brock Williams, Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/27/18

This book covers all the standard topics of both a college algebra and trigonometry course. I could only find two topics that I wish were included (neither are typically included college algebra and trigonometry texts). The first was a... read more

Reviewed by Cristina Hansen Ruiz, Associate Lecturer, University of the West of England on 8/15/17

The text covers all areas related to algebra and trigonometry, starting from the very basics, such as numbers or plotting coordinates, and taking the student to a minimum level from which to start further studies. Added value are the final... read more

Reviewed by John Salisbury, Mathematics Instructor, Rogue Community College on 8/15/17

The text covers numerous subject's that would be covered in several different courses where I teach. The book covers several more topics than the title would indicate. There are glossaries at the end of each section of each chapter which I found... read more

Reviewed by Robert Strozak, Senior lecturer, Old Dominion University on 6/20/17

This book covers more than I require in PreCalculus I, and may be useful in our PreCalculus II course. read more

Reviewed by Bill Heider, Instructor, Hibbing Community College on 6/20/17

The text covers the topics you would typically expect to be covered in a combined college algebra/Trigonometry text. The text does allow for students with varying levels of readiness, as the first two chapters covers topics typically encountered... read more

Reviewed by Mingshen Wu, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout on 8/21/16

This book is a comprehensive textbook. It does cover all the materials that we need to cover by our college mathematics course MATH-120 and MATH-121. This book does not provide an effective index and glossary. However, users can use the... 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 The Unit Circle: Sine and Cosine Functions
  • 8 Periodic Functions
  • 9 Trigonometric Identities and Equations
  • 10 Further Applications of Trigonometry
  • 11 Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • 12 Analytic Geometry
  • 13 Sequences, Probability, and Counting Theory

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  • About the Book

    Algebra and Trigonometry provides a comprehensive and multi-layered exploration of algebraic principles. The text is suitable for a typical introductory Algebra & Trigonometry 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.Algebra and Trigonometry guides 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.


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    Jay Abramson, Arizona State University