View 15300_course_topics.pdf from MATH 153 at Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis. University of HoustonCollege of Natural Sciences and MathematicsScience & Research Building 13507 Cullen Blvd, Room 214Houston, Texas 77204-5008713-743-2611. For a potentially free-to-students option, that’s a tremendous achievement. Applications Involving Linear Equations I. Algebraic equations: Breadcrumb. Math jargon can be overwhelming and frequently the text and does extra work to clarify or define terms. As far as I can tell the grammar is fine. I found it extremely easy to navigate around from various sections, to problem answers and to media with the click of the mouse. How Can You Reduce The Number of Real Zeros? Sections within each chapter break up the material such that it can be covered in a single class session. CSD suggests that the student meet with their instructor during office hours and/or make an appointment to complete the RITA form to ensure confidentiality. We learned about inequalities above, now let's learn how to solve them. The authors use terminology and symbols consistently from section to section and chapter to chapter. Simpler Proper Rational Functions (Partial Fractions) [43 min. I have not come across anything in the text that raises concerns or questions related to cultural relevance. Rapid Learning Center is a fivr-star business. Many sections (it’s more common in the pdf) had links to 3-4 supplementary youtube videos before the practice exercises, which many of my students would appreciate. However, I personally do not over concern for this aspect in choosing a text. I didn’t notice any major flaws or positive aspects of the text, in this regard. I had no interface problems. 7: GRAPHS  Additional important information is contained in the Departmental Course Policies statement and at your instructor’s personal webpage. The author includes a lot of examples in each topic and provides many ways while presenting the contents using visual methods such as highlighting the rules, graphs, and illustrations to make it clear for the students to achieve a better understanding of mathematical reasoning. Discriminant or, Graphing [50 min. There are two versions of the book: a PDF version and an online version. Most information for the word problems is general in nature and covers a wide range of topics. The textbook’s online version has solutions which can be toggled. read more. read more. Similarly, there are a few points where I would have preferred the font to be a larger size. With this text you can tell that the authors strive and succeed at finding the perfect amount of information to present and discuss when teaching concepts. Lecture 2: THE LANGUAGE OF MATHEMATICS Please consult your counselor ahead of time to ensure that your tests are scheduled in a timely manner. Embedded content, if any, are copyrights of their respective owners. • Examples given throughout to illustrate how the concepts apply. Compare to our current textbook, which is from a commercial publisher, it covers the "Conic Sections" topics under the " Analytic Geometry". Mathematical Induction 3. The authors then point out that the method and not applicable to higher dimension matrices. For a course titled College Algebra, all the topics covered and the level of rigor for those topics are mostly as one would expect. The textbook seemed to go through proof reading by many people. For more information regarding access to the book, please view your instructor's syllabus. The text provides a nice flow of commentary, figures, examples, etc. Also, multiplying binomials and FOIL are introduced in 1.5, but the skill is needed in 1.3 when denominators are rationalized using conjugates. Some might argue that trigonometric functions should be included in a college algebra text, yet I have found that most do not. The modular approach and the richness of content ensures that the book meets the needs of a variety of programs.College Algebraguides and supports students with differing levels of preparation and experience with mathematics. A scale, what is done on one side of the scale with a number is also done to the other side of the scale. I plan on adopting this text for my classroom within the next year or so. UH CAPSCounseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help students who are having difficulties managing stress, adjusting to college, or feeling sad and hopeless. Important procedures and strategies are summarized in grey boxes. The textbook introduces new concepts and notation in each section with clear explanation. Reviewed by Abdellah Laamarti, Instructor, NTCC on 4/22/20, The College Algebra textbook contains a wide range of topics that we currently cover in our College Algebra course, such as polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students are required to purchase an access code at the Book Store to access the learning materials. It is a strong tool to use for anyone who is unfamiliar or is learning college algebra for the very first time. The end of each chapter contains vocabulary, formulas, section concepts, review exercises and a practice test. Too often ideas are introduced and explained via the fully-abstracted form, which only makes sense to readers already fluent in algebra. 33: SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS  Like many algebra textbooks there are issues with the presentation of mathematics as rote rules & procedures. College Algebra, by Jay Abramson, would work extremely well for an online course, and we may see a few this semester! They can often be solved! For example, in section 4.2 many of the Real World Applications involve a prediction for a date that is in the past. It is this organization/process that makes the book clear and easy to learn from. I found no instances of culturally insensitive or offensive content. The writing style and the interface are friendly to students and examples and exercise problems are good enough for a typical College Algebra course. It’s incredibly charitable and an impressive achievement in terms of quality. I encountered few examples that use time-sensitive data that would need to be updated frequently (teen texting habits from 2012 in 4.1 already feels dated). I do also wish a fully-digital text would provide a larger variety of fully-worked and explained solutions, and drop the convention of only providing answers to odd practice exercises. ], Lecture I have used several textbooks for college algebra and find this textbook to be just as good or better than ones with high price tags, so being free to students makes it a good choice. They are simple, yet powerful in their ability to model real world situations. Local Maximums & Local Minimums [18 min.]