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Master Math: Algebra makes the transition from pre-algebra smooth and stress-free. This math reference guide makes learning and understanding algebraic equations, inequalities, polynomials and linear equations as simple as two plus two. Well, may be more like five squared. Topics covered include: Solving systems of linear equations Translating problems into algebraic equations Solving simple algebraic equations Understanding Coordinate systems and graphing equations Adding polynomials Learning will never be easier-simple step-by-step procedures and solutions, concrete examples and applications, concise definitions of terms and a detailed description of techniques. You will soon be pusing your calculator aside.

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Debra Anne Ross has a double BA in Chemistry and Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. Table of Contents Introduction I Translating Problems into Algebraic Equations Introduction to algebra Translating English into algebraic equations Algebra terminology Simple word problems II Simplifying Algebraic Equations Commutative, associative and distributive properties of addition and multiplication Using associative and distributive properties Combining like terms in algebraic equations Simplifying algebraic equations by removing parenthese and combining like terms The general order to perform operations in algebra III Solving Simple Algebraic Equations Sovling algebraic equaions that have one unknown variable Solving simple algebraic equations containing fractions Solving simple algebraic equations containing radicals IV Algebraic Inequalities Solving algebraic inequalities with one unknown variable V Polynomials Definitions Addition of polynomials Substraction of polynomials Multiplication of polynomials Division of polynomials Factoring polynomials with a common monomial factor Factoring polynomial expressions with the form ax2+bx+c VI Algebraic Fractions with Polynomial Expressions Factoring and reducing algebraic fractions Multiplication of algebraic fractions Division of algebraic fractions Addition and substraction of algebraic fractions VII Solving Quadratic Polynomial Equations with One Unknown Variable Defining and solving quadratic (polynomial) equations Using factoring to solve quadratic equations with one unknown variable Using the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations with one known variable Using the square root method to solve quadratic equations with one unknown variable Using the method of completing the square to solve quadratic equations with one unknown variable VIII Solving Systems of Linear Equations with Two or Three Unknown Variables Solving systems of linear equations with two or more unknown variables Using the elimination method to solve systems of linear equations with two unknown variables Solving systems of three linear equations with three unknown variables Using the elimination method to solve systems of three linear equations with three unknown variables Using the substitution method to solve systems of three linear equations with three unknown variables Using the matrix method to solve systems of three linear equations with three unknown variables IX Working with Coordinate Systems and Graphing Equations Introduction and definitions Graphing linear equations Slope of a line Graphs of the equations for the parabola Graphing quadratic equations Using graphing to solve quadratic equations Using graphing to solve two linear equations with two unknown variables Examples of other equations forms that graph to shapes on a coordinate system Index Appendix Tables of Contents of First and Thrid Books in the Master Math Series

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