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Ron Larson's text College Algebra, ISBN 9781439048696 serves as a best-selling preparatory resource for students on the path to exploring further studies of mathematics. Precise and consistent descriptions of mathematical concepts combines with intriguing applications, the latest instructional methodology, as well as innovative and interactive media to...
Ron Larson's text College Algebra, ISBN 9781439048696 serves as a best-selling preparatory resource for students on the path to exploring further studies of mathematics. Precise and consistent descriptions of mathematical concepts combines with intriguing applications, the latest instructional methodology, as well as innovative and interactive media to make this a must-have resource for mathematically-minded students. The brains behind this resource, Ron Larson, received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado. He has served as a professor of mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University since 1970. Larson is credited with revolutionizing the use of multimedia to enhance mathematics instruction, having authored over 30 software titles since 1990. He has also conducted several seminars and in-service workshops for math teachers around the nation devoted to the incorporation of computer technology as a teaching tool and motivational aid. Larson was awarded the 1996 Texty Award for his Interactive Calculus which serves as a complete text on CD-ROM which was deemed the most innovative mathematics instructional material at the college level. Larson has craftily organized the concepts of College Algebra across 8 chapters, starting with a 'Prerequisites' section devoted to the review of real numbers and their properties, exponents and radicals, polynomials and special products, factoring polynomials, rational expressions, as well as the rectangular coordinate system and graphs. Chapter 1 takes a look at 'Equations, Inequalities, and Mathematical Modeling' while chapter 2 delves into 'Functions and their Graphs.' Chapter 3 focuses on 'Polynomial Functions' with chapter 4 investigating 'Rational Functions and Conics' and chapter 5 presenting topics surrounding 'Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.' 'Systems of Equations and Inequalities' is the focus of chapter 6 followed by 'Matrices and Determinants' in chapter 7. This text is concluded with chapter 8 devoted to 'Sequences, Series, and Probability.'
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