Ideal for lecture-format courses taught at the post-secondary level, ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Fourth Edition, makes algebra accessible and engaging. Author Charles "Pat" McKeague's passion for teaching mathematics is apparent on every page, and with many years of experience teaching mathematics, he knows how to write in a way that you will understand and appreciate. His attention to detail and exceptionally clear writing style help you to move through each new concept with ease, and real-world applications in every chapter highlight the relevance of what you are learning.

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Charles P. "Pat" McKeague earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge, and his M.S. in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. A well-known author and respected educator, he is a full-time writer and a part-time instructor at Cuesta College. He has published twelve textbooks in mathematics covering a range of topics from basic mathematics to trigonometry. An active member of the mathematics community, Professor McKeague is a popular speaker at regional conferences, including the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, the New Mexico Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, and the National Association for Developmental Education. He is a member of the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges, the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges.

1. THE BASICS. Notation and Symbols. Real Numbers. Addition of Real Numbers. Subtraction of Real Numbers. Properties of Real Numbers. Multiplication of Real Numbers. Division of Real Numbers. Subsets of Real Numbers. Addition and Subtraction with Fractions. 2. LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Simplifying Expressions. Addition Property of Equality. Multiplication Property of Equality. Solving Linear Equations. Formulas. Applications. More Applications. Linear Inequalities. 3. GRAPHING AND SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS. Paired Data and Graphing Ordered Pairs. Solutions to Linear Equations in Two Variables. Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables. More on Graphing: Intercepts. Slope and the Equation of a Line. Graphing Linear Inequalities in two Variables. Solving Linear Systems by Graphing. The Elimination Method. The Substitution Method. 4. EXPONENTS AND POLYNOMIALS. Multiplication with Exponents. Division with Exponents. Operations with Monomials. Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials. Multiplication with Polynomials. Binomial Squares and Other Special Products. Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial. Dividing a Polynomial by a Polynomial. 5. FACTORING. The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping. Factoring Trinomials. More Trinomials to Factor. The Difference of Two Squares. The Sum and Difference of Two Squares. Factoring: A General Review. Solving Equations by Factoring. Applications. 6. RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS. Reducing Rational Expressions to Lowest Terms. Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions. Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions. Equations Involving Rational Expressions. Applications. Complex Fractions. Proportions. 7. TRANSITIONS. Review of Solving Equations. Equations with Absolute Value. Compound Inequalities and Interval Notation. Inequalities Involving Absolute Value. Review of Systems of Equations in Two Variables. Systems of Equations in Three Variables. Systems of Linear Inequalities. 8. EQUATIONS AND FUNCTIONS. The Slope of a Line. The Equation of a Line. Introduction to Functions. Function Notation. Algebra and Composition with Functions. Variation. 9. RATIONAL EXPONENTS AND ROOTS. Rational Exponents. More Expressions Involving Rational Exponents. Simplified Form for Radicals. Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions. Multiplication and Division of Radical Expressions. Equations with Radicals. Complex Numbers. 10. QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS. Completing the Square. The Quadratic Formula. Additional Items Involving Solutions to Equations. Equations Quadratic in Form. Graphing Parabolas. Quadratic Inequalities. 11. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Exponential Functions. The Inverse of a Function. Logarithms are Exponents. Properties of Logarithms. Common Logarithms and Natural Logarithms. Exponential Equations and Change of Base. 12. CONIC SECTIONS. The Circle. Ellipses and Hyperbolas. Second-Degree Inequalities and Nonlinear Systems. 13. SEQUENCES AND SERIES. Sequences. Series. Arithmetic Sequences. Geometric Sequences. The Binomial Expansion.

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