College Algebra, 1st Edition

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College Algebra, 1st Edition

By Sheldon Axler

College Algebra focuses on depth, not breadth of topics by exploring necessary topics in greater detail. Students benefit from straightforward definitions and plentiful examples of complex concepts. With a “Student Solutions” section integrated following each area of study, students are encouraged to go back and review the materials covered as they are working through the problems and exercises. Over 1300 algorithmic questions give students immediate feedback on essentially endless practice. Additionally, students have access to over 200 Guided Online (GO) Tutorial problems that walk them through the problem step by step.

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Sheldon Axler is well-known within the mathematics community. He has an Ivy League education, having received his AB in mathematics from Princeton in 1971, and his PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1975. Currently, Sheldon is the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at SFSU. Previously, he held teaching positions at Michigan State, UC Berkeley, Indiana University, and MIT. He has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships throughout his career. He regularly speaks at conferences and conventions and has done extensive writing in his discipline. Notably, he is the author of a successful textbook for the second course in Linear Algebra, published with Springer and has held several editorial positions for mathematics journals and is currently a series editor for Springer.

As the author for Wiley’s Precalculus: A Prelude to Calculus, Sheldon has shown himself an able and willing promoter of his title, garnering the interest of his colleagues nationwide and proving himself a valuable and responsive resource for our sales force.

Chapter 1. The Real Numbers
Chapter 2. Combining Algebra and Geometry
Chapter 3. Functions and Their Graphs
Chapter 4. Polynomial and Rational Functions
Chapter 5. Exponents and Logarithms
Chapter 6. e and the Natural Logarithm
Chapter 7. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 8. Sequences, Series, and Limits