Miller/O'Neill Intermediate Algebra is an insightful text written by instructors who have first-hand experience with students of developmental mathematics. The authors introduce functions in Chapter 3 and do a very thorough treatment, devoting the entire chapter to the concept of functions. With such a solid foundation to build from, students will experience greater success when they encounter other function-related topics in later chapters, such as polynomial functions; quadratic functions; radical functions; and others. The authors have crafted the exercise sets with the idea of infusing review. In each set of practice exercises, instructors will find a set of exercises that help students to review concepts previously learned, and in this way, students will retain more of what they have learned. The exercise sets also contain "translation" exercises which provide students with an opportunity to convert from English phrases to mathematical symbols and from mathematical symbols to English phrases, thus helping students to strengthen their command of mathematical language. Moreover, the applications found in the exercise sets are based on real-world data, which helps to promote students' interest in mathematics, and in turn, may serve to motivate and engage them. Other features include mid-chapter reviews and classroom activities (classroom activities are worksheets that can be downloaded from the OLC or distributed by instructors since the classroom activities can be found in the IRM as well). The classroom activities are of special value, in that through their use, students may begin to take greater ownership over their own learning. The classroom activities were designed to be quick activities students could perform in class (either individually, or collaboratively in groups). In short, the Miller/O'Neill Intermediate Algebra text offers enriching applications, a high level of readability, and excellent opportunities for students to become actively engaged in their exploration of mathematics.
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Julie Miller has been on the faculty of the Mathematics Department at Daytona Beach Community College for 16 years, where she has taught developmental and upper-level courses. Prior to her work at DBCC, she worked as a Software Engineer for General Electric in the area of Flight and Radar simulation. Julie earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Florida. In addition to this textbook, she has authored several course supplements for College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus, as well as several short works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers.
Molly O'Neill is also from Daytona Beach Community College, where she has taught for 18 years in the Mathematics Department. She has taught a variety of courses from Developmental Mathamatics to Calculus. Before she came to Florida, Molly taught as an adjunct instructor at teh University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, and Oakland Community College. Molly earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Arts and Teaching from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Besides this textbook, she has authored several course supplements for College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus and has reviewed texts for Developmental Mathematics.
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