Introductory Algebra (4th Edition)

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9780131492622: Introductory Algebra (4th Edition)

Blitzer's mathematical rigor is combined with an engaging, friendly and often fun presentation for greater student appeal. Blitzer's exceptionally clear, accessible writing style combines the nuts and bolts students need with interesting and relevant examples.

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Bob Blitzer is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob is most energized by teaching mathematics and has taught a variety of mathematics courses at Miami-Dade College for nearly 30 years. He has received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College, and was among the first group of recipients at Miami-Dade College for an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. Bob has written "Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Algebra for College Students, Thinking Mathematically, College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry," and "Precalculus," all published by Pearson Prentice Hall.

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Introductory Algebra for College Students, Fourth Edition, provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the topics required in a one-term course in beginning or introductory algebra. The book is written for college students who have no previous experience in algebra and for those who need a review of basic algebraic concepts.

I wrote the book to help diverse students, with different backgrounds and career plans, to succeed in beginning algebra. Introductory Algebra for College Students, Fourth Edition, has two primary goals:

1. To help students acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of algebra.

2. To show students how algebra can model and solve authentic real-world problems.

One major obstacle in the way of achieving these goals is the fact that very few students actually read their textbook. This has been a regular source of frustration fro me and my colleagues in the classroom. Anecdotal evidence gathered over years highlights two basic reasons why students do not take advantage of their textbook:

“I'll never use this information.”

“I can't follow the explanations.”

I've written every page of the Fourth Edition with the intent of eliminating these two objectives. The ideas and tools I've used to do so are described in the features that follow. These features and their benefits are highlighted for the student in “A Brief Guide to Getting the Most from this Book” that appears inside the front cover.

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