- Hardcover: 876 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716710471
- ISBN-13: 978-0716710479
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
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Elementary Algebra 0th Edition
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Each section concludes with four problem sets. The first set is a brief review of earlier topics (aside from the first five sections of the first chapter). The second covers the topics in the section. Jacobs provides answers to the problems in the second set in the back of the text, making the book suitable for self study. The third set is a variation on the second. The fourth set consists a puzzle or a problem that extends the concepts learned in the section. I particularly enjoyed these problems, often turning to them to see what Jacobs was asking before I finished the other problems. Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary and two sets of review problems.
Jacobs begins the text with a review of arithmetic, including the order of operations and properties of integers and rational numbers. He introduces algebraic concepts gradually as he does this. This leads to a discussion of functions, linear equations, lines, systems of linear equations, and exponents. Jacobs pauses for a midterm review. Then he covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and equations. He also discusses the properties of the real numbers, inequalities, and number sequences before finishing his text with a final review.
If you enjoy this text, and I think you will, you may wish to explore Jacobs' text Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding next.
Definitely helps to buy the solutions manual, we also bought the teacher’s manual and have used the Set 3 exercises from time to time.