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Blitzer Introductory Algebra for College Students, 5th Edition Hardcover – December 28, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0132356794 ISBN-10: 0132356791 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (December 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132356791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132356794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This superb new text has three fundamental goals: to give students a strong foundation in basic algebra skills; to develop students' problem- solving and critical thinking skills within a varied and interesting setting; and to demonstrate algebra's utility solving problems in all walks of life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

A 4-color hardback book w/complete text-specific instructor and student print/enhanced media supplement package. AMATYC/NCTM Standards of Content and Pedagogy integrated in current, researched, real-world Applications, Technology Boxes, Discover For Yourself Boxes and extensively revised Exercise Sets. Early introduction and heavy emphasis on modeling demonstrates and utilizes the concepts of introductory algebra to help students solve problems as well as develop critical thinking skills. One-page Chapter Projects (which may be assigned as collaborative projects or extended applications) conclude each chapter and include references to related Web sites for further student exploration. The influence of mathematics in fine art and their relationships are explored in applications and chapter openers to help students visualize mathematical concepts and recognize the beauty in math. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Bob Blitzer is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob's love for teaching mathematics was nourished for nearly 30 years at Miami Dade College, where he received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College and an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. In addition to Thinking Mathematically, Bob has written textbooks covering introductory algebra, college algebra, algebra and trigonometry, and precalculus, all published by Prentice Hall. When not secluded in his Northern California writer's cabin, Bob can be found hiking the beaches and trails of Point Reyes National Seashore, and tending to the chores required by his beloved entourage of horses, chickens, and irritable roosters.

Customer Reviews

The writing is clear and very easy to understand.
S. Robertson
I think this text would be a wonderful way for adults who are math shy by virtue of unpleasant early experiences to get more out of the subject.
Atheen M. Wilson
This book was in the condition described and came well in advance of the promised date.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Atheen M. Wilson on August 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have to confess to a certain degree of academic snobbery when it comes to books on science and math. That is, I tend to look for books produced by PhDs in a specific field who teach at prestigious universities or for collaborations of them. I do, however, pride myself on giving credit where credit is due, and this volume is certainly an example. According to the text's introduction Robert Blitzer, the author of Introductory Algebra for College Students, has a BA in math and psychology with a minor in English literature, an MA in math, and a doctorate in behavioral sciences and teaches in a local community college in Florida. That's quite an eclectic vita. In this case it is an ideal vita, that of a teacher dedicated to student comprehension of his subject.
The author approaches student learning from a variety of directions, some uniquely oriented to specific types of mental framework. He presents, for instance, visual guides for those who need to "see it to understand it"-my particular favorites are the sets that compose all real numbers on p. 19 [3rd ed.] and the graphs of systems of linear inequalities like those on pp 312-313, because they make these topics so crystal clear. Elsewhere he introduces the concept of matrices, putting information into columns under appropriate headings so that one can see what information one has, what one needs and what has to be manipulated with what to achieve an answer (i.e. "Solving a Solution Mixture Problem," p. 173.) Remember those threatening word problems involving things like that Greyhound bus and the car approaching one another, or the two planes traveling in opposite directions? Piece of cake.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Petrucelli on December 31, 2009
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This book was perfect for my Beginning Algebra class. It explains things very well. I feel like I understand it much better now then when I was in high school. It's a different way then I was taught. Wish I had this book in high school because I wouldn't need to be taking Beginning Algebra now!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Atheen M. Wilson on August 9, 2003
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I have to confess to a certain degree of academic snobbery when it comes to books on science and math. That is, I tend to look for books produced by PhDs in a specific field who teach at prestigious universities or for collaborations of them. I do, however, pride myself on giving credit where credit is due, and this volume is certainly an example. According to the text's introduction Robert Blitzer, the author of Introductory Algebra for College Students, has a BA in math and psychology with a minor in English literature, an MA in math, and a doctorate in behavioral sciences and teaches in a local community college in Florida. That's quite an eclectic vita. In this case it is an ideal vita, that of a teacher dedicated to student comprehension of his subject.
The author approaches student learning from a variety of directions, some uniquely oriented to specific types of mental framework. He presents, for instance, visual guides for those who need to "see it to understand it"-my particular favorites are the sets that compose all real numbers on p. 19 [3rd ed.] and the graphs of systems of linear inequalities like those on pp 312-313, because they make these topics so crystal clear. Elsewhere he introduces the concept of matrices, putting information into columns under appropriate headings so that one can see what information one has, what one needs and what has to be manipulated with what to achieve an answer (i.e. "Solving a Solution Mixture Problem," p. 173.) Remember those threatening word problems involving things like that Greyhound bus and the car approaching one another, or the two planes traveling in opposite directions? Piece of cake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Savant on February 9, 2013
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this book give you so many problems to solve that you can learn the math. I am so glad I found this,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beatrader on May 28, 2013
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I bought this book for self teaching purposes. Since college is a bit too expensive for me and I don't want to take any classes that I dont need (I intend on finishing the book cover to cover and taking a placement test to place past requirements.That way I have less math classes to take). This book is very well detailed and I find it easy enoupgh to follow without needing a teacher to show me. I reccommend this for anyone self teaching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hunt on January 20, 2013
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No complaints, works well enough. Gives full solution answers to only the odds of the Excercise Sets, but all of the review and check point problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GG on September 22, 2012
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The product was complete and in perfect conditions. It arrived on the estimated time and at the right direction. I'm totally satisfied with the quality of this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nguyen on February 5, 2012
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Book was in good condition, everything stated in description was present. Shipping was fast and accurate. No problems what so ever with delivery or product. The book itself is easy to read and understand. It will have great re-sale value.
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