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# BEGINNING ALGEBRA Seventh Edition

## R. David Gustafson and Peter D. Frisk, both of Rock Valley College

BUILD SKILLS AND DEVELOP CONFIDENCE WITH THE BEST-SELLING TEXT FOR THE BEGINNING ALGEBRA COURSE!

Tried and true, Gustafson and Frisk’s Beginning Algebra teaches solid mathematical skills while supporting students with careful pedagogy. Each book in this series maintains the authors’ proven style through clear, no-nonsense explanations, as well as the mathematical accuracy and rigor that only Gustafson and Frisk can deliver. The text’s clearly useful applications emphasize problem solving to effectively develop the skills students need for future mathematics courses, such as College Algebra, or on the job.

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The Seventh Edition of Beginning Algebra also features a robust suite of online course management, testing, and tutorial resources for instructors and students. This includes BCA/iLrn Testing and Tutorial, vMentor^{™ }live online tutoring, the Interactive Video Skillbuilder CD-ROM with MathCue, a Book Companion Web Site featuring online graphing calculator resources, and The Learning Equation (TLE) Labs.

## TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Real Numbers and Their Basic Properties Real Numbers and Their Graphs / Fractions / Exponents and Order of Operations / Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers / Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers / Algebraic Expressions / Properties of Real Numbers

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Equations and Inequalities Solving Basic Equations / Solving More Equations / Simplifying Expressions to Solve Equations / Introduction to Problem Solving / Motion and Mixture Problems / Formulas / Solving Inequalities

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Graphing, Writing Equations of Lines; Variation The Rectangular Coordinate System / Graphing Linear Equations / Slope of a Nonvertical Line / Point-Slope Form / Slope-Intercept Form / Functions / Variation

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Polynomials

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Natural-Number Exponents / Zero and Negative- Integer Exponents / Scientific Notation / Polynomials / Adding and Subtracting Polynomials / Multiplying Polynomials / Dividing Polynomials by Monomials / Dividing Polynomials by Polynomials Factoring Polynomials Factoring Out the Greatest Common Factor; Factoring by Grouping / Factoring the Difference of Two Squares / Factoring Trinomials with Lead Coefficients of 1 / Factoring General Trinomials / Factoring the Sum and Difference of Two Cubes /

Summary of Factoring Techniques / Solving Equations by Factoring / Problem Solving

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Proportions and Rational Expressions Ratios / Proportions and Similar Triangles / Simplifying Fractions / Multiplying and Dividing Fractions / Adding and Subtracting Fractions / Complex Fractions / Solving Equations that Contain Fractions / Applications of Equations that Contain Fractions

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Systems of Equations and Inequalities Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing / Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution / Solving Systems of Equations by Addition / Applications of Systems of Equations / Systems of Linear Inequalities

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Roots and Radical Expressions Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem / nth Roots and Radicands that Contain Variables / Simplifying Radical Expressions / Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions / Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions / Solving Equations Containing Radicals; The Distance Formula / Rational Exponents

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Quadratic Equations and Graphing Quadratic Functions

Quadratic Equations / Completing the Square / The Quadratic Formula / Graphing Quadratic Equations Appendixes I: Sample Final Examination / II: Complex Numbers / III: Powers and Roots / IV: Answers to Selected Exercises

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