Williams offers a refreshing and innovative approach to college algebra, motivating the topics with a variety of applications and thoroughly integrating the graphing calculator. Written in a clear and friendly voice that speaks to students with weak algebra skills, this text teaches students to look at math from both algebraic and geometric viewpoints. Williams focuses on the underlying concepts, introducing and using the graphing calculator as an integral means, not an end. New applications examples and exercises from a variety of fields motivate the key ideas and show students why math is useful and powerful. Packaged free with every new copy of the text, an ELECTRONIC COMPANION TO COLLEGE ALGEBRA CD-ROM is a dynamic and interactive college algebra tutorial. It covers key concepts through multiple representations: graphic, numerical, algebraic, and verbal. "Review Topics" boxes present the main ideas of the course and "Test Yourself" problems test student understanding. A workbook of additional examples and exercises is built into the CD-ROM.
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Gareth Williams received his B. Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wales. He has taught at the University of Florida, the University of Denver, and most recently, at Stetson University (DeLand, FL), where he was honored with the McInery Award for Teaching Excellence. His research interests include the role of technology in mathematics education, linear algebra, relativity, applied mathematics, and mathematical modeling. He is also the author of LINEAR ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS, Fourth Edition (Jones and Bartlett, 2001), computer software including THE LINEAR ALGEBRA TOOLBOX FOR MATLAB and MATHEMATICA WORKBOOK ON LINEAR ALGEBRA, and numerous articles in refereed journals. Williams is also an active member of the Mathematics Association of America.
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