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Algebra and Trigonometry, Books a la Carte Edition (9th Edition) Loose Leaf – January 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0321717160 ISBN-10: 0321717163 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Loose Leaf: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321717163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321717160
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.5 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Sullivan, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Chicago State University, received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mike taught at Chicago State for 35 years before recently retiring. He is a native of Chicago’s South Side and divides his time between a home in Oak Lawn IL and a condo in Naples FL.

 

Mike is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. He is a past president of the Text and Academic Authors Association and is currently Treasurer of its Foundation. He is a member of the TAA Council of Fellows and was awarded the TAA Mike Keedy award in 1997 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In addition, he represents TAA on the Authors Coalition of America.

 

Mike has been writing textbooks for more than 35 years and currently has 15 books in print, twelve with Pearson Education. When not writing, he enjoys tennis, golf, gardening, and travel.

 

Mike has four children: Kathleen, who teaches college mathematics; Michael III, who also teaches college mathematics, and who is his coauthor on two precalculus series; Dan, who is a sales director for Pearson Education; and Colleen, who teaches middle-school and secondary school mathematics. Twelve grandchildren round out the family.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

The book was only 30% of what my school charges!
Shannon Collins
Content and Organization The book misbalances remedial and advance material, and leaves out important concepts altogether.
JLC
This is a great product for those taking Algebra w/ Trigonometry online or as a hybrid course.
Sarah Freeman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rafael F. Sanchez on September 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a class that required the book and the access code for the online class. I bought it new thinking
that the access code would be valid. Unfortunately the access code did not work. After waiting for an hour to speak with
Pearson's representative, he double checked the code, told me it was a valid code, we spent another 25 minutes going over everything on the phone and
then he said he was going to send me an email with instructions on how to replace the code. I asked him to make sure if the new code was going to work and he said yes. Well, the email he sent me was to say that Pearson does not replace access code when the book is purchased outside
the university or college that the book is intended for. In other words, they don't replace codes for books purchased through Amazon.
All that time wasted and being duped by this agent by the fake name of "Dave" who is really answering the phone from India.
Pearson is doing a scam with these access codes and probably the universities are in cahoots with them. The only trustworthy and honorable company here is Amazon who refunded the money right away. I'm sorry to say but don't buy this book from Amazon, you might run into the same problem, even though it's not their fault.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JLC on April 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
These comments are based on the bound annotated instructor’s edition (AIE) and the online e-book from CourseSmart. I have only reviewed the textbook up through the first parts of Chapters 8 (Sections 8.1 and 8.2), so I cannot comment on content in the later chapters of the book.

In sum, this is a disappointing book and does not serve the student (or the instructor).

Content and Organization

The book misbalances remedial and advance material, and leaves out important concepts altogether.

Missing, from either Chapter R or Chapter 1, are the principles of equality (properties of equality/properties of equations) for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. As foundational concepts, they should be included for completeness.

The Zero-Product Property of Section R.1 should be presented in Section 1.2 on solving quadratic equations where is contextually more appropriate. Section 1.2 should be expanded as a section with a more complete discussion of factoring techniques and solution methods, or it should be a chapter onto itself.

In Section 1.5, solutions to reciprocal inequalities are not fully explained. Only a limited example and exercise are given, leaving many unanswered questions about them. This should be expanded.

A thorough treatment for rational equations is missing, either in Chapter R or 1, or later in the book (Chapter 4 or 5). Nowhere does the book explicitly explain any technique for solving a rational equation.

The content of Chapter 2 is remedial. It is no more rigorous than the treatment in an intermediate algebra class. Perhaps, this material should be moved into the review chapter at the start of the text.

In Section 3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diego Roque on February 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am actually using this book as a textbook for my courses in Pre Calculus; both the 3 credit course in Algebra and the 5 credit course that combines Algebra with Trigonometry. It is the most complete and most readable book I know on its subject matter. My students tend to agree with me. One word of caution: The Kindle version requires improving the ability to reach specific pages from a table of contents. Right now it is an arduos exercise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By afrofred on September 11, 2012
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I was really glad to see that I could download this textbook for my PC. It saved me money and time, I am currently using the book for some of my classes and am really satisfied with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol N. Littlejohn on February 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Algebra and Trigonometry plus MyMathLab/MystatLab-Access Card...

My son is finding the math book very useful, especially the MathLab program. Thanks for offering the products at a much lower price!
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Note: This review is for the a la carte edition.

I'm one of those weirdoes who gets my books as soon as possible, and spend the summer scanning them, before I go to class. This is the first one I opened, since it's been about, oh, 30 years since I last took a math class (not a typo). Man, have textbooks changed, and not just the prices! I can't remember books being this expensive, yet this cheaply made.

For such a huge, heavy book, with over 1200 pages and shockingly small/faint print in more places than you'd believe, Sullivan's Algebra and Trig somehow doesn't have much useful information. The concepts aren't explained well at all. They're usually just flopped out there, and it's up to your professor to explain everything. If you have the speed demon type of professor who flies over topics, never really explaining them, then you'd better become very familiar with Khan Academy. This book won't help when you go home and try to find the explanation for what Professor Speed Demon glossed over in class that day.

The book itself:

I'm shocked that there's a bound edition. I'd have to kill myself at the idea of lugging this behemoth to class and back twice a week. That's why I got the a la carte. I've split the book in half into 2 1" binders. I'll take out what I need for class in a flexible 1 inch binder with my spiral notebook and graph paper. I used dividers between each chapter for a very specific reason: so that I won't have to pick through huge chunks of the book every single time I want to look for something in this travesty of a textbook.

The pages of the book itself are shockingly crappy. They're shiny AND flimsy thin, like a cheap magazine's pages, which makes it nearly impossible to flip through the book to a page you'll need.
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