Features and Benefits

Engage students with applications; develop their visualization skills to strengthen their understanding of concepts 

  • NEW / UPDATED - Bob Blitzer's distinctive and relatable voice engages students in the world of math through compelling, real-word applications. Each section starts out with a motivating hook that is continued through the section examples and exercises. Applications cover topics relevant to students, including many new to the 7th Edition: 

    • World Tiger Population

    • COVID-19 Pandemic (extensive coverage, including a section opener, Cumulative Review, Exercises, and Examples) 

    • Area Burned by Wildfires in the U.S.

    • Use of Social Media by Age 

  • NEW - GeoGebra Graphing Exercises in MyMathLab® for School are gradable graphing exercises that help students demonstrate their understanding. They enable students to interact directly with the graph in a manner that reflects how students would graph on paper. 

  • REVISED - Expanded library of Interactive Figures adds many more Interactive Figures (in editable GeoGebra format) to the Video & Resource Library. Interactive Figures bring mathematical concepts to life, helping students see the concepts through directed explorations and purposeful manipulation. These figures are assignable in MyMathLab for School and encourage active learning, critical thinking, and conceptual understanding. 

  • Blitzer Bonus Videos and Math Talk Videos: 

    • Blitzer Bonus videos provide historical, interdisciplinary, and otherwise interesting connections to the algebra being studied, showing students that math is an interesting and dynamic discipline.

    • MathTalk Videosare fun, application-based videos showing students how the math they are learning applies to the real world and why they should care about math. They also have an accompanying Instructor Guide and video assessment questions assignable in MyMathLab for School. 

 

Meet students' widely varying skill levels when they enter the course 

  • UPDATED - Integrated Reviewat the chapter level provides a Skills Check assessments to pinpoint which prerequisites topics, if any, students need to review.

    • Students who require additional review proceed to a personalized homework assignment to remediate.

    • Integrated Review Videos, worksheets, and the Corequisite Support eText provide additional instruction. 

    • Integrated Review prerequisites have been refined to keep the objectives at a reasonable amount of work for a student in need of review.

      • NEW - Teacehrs who prefer to review at the section level can assign the Enhanced Assignments instead. 

  • Learning Guide (also available in print format) includes:

    • Guided Practice worksheets for each section of the text. These worksheets start with a catchy headline and motivating real-world connection followed by numerous "Solved Problems" and accompanying "Pencil Problems."

    • Classroom Activities for selected sections contain recommended group size, material needed, and time to complete.

    • Integrated Review worksheets for every prerequisite objective. These worksheets feature both instruction and practice.

    • NEW - Integrated Review Activities for selected topics provide hands-on work with important prerequisites.

    • NEW  As a fun bit of "stress management" for both students and teachers, Coloring Pages from Blitzer's striking book covers are provided. 

 

Support the whole student in their efforts to succeed, in this course and beyond 

  • Dynamic video program includes fresh, interactive objective videos that walk students through the concepts from every objective of the text. Chapter Test Prep Videos include step-by-step solutions to all the Chapter Test exercises from the textbook. The videos provide an active learning environment where students can work at their own pace.

  • NEW - Video Assignments featuring short videos with corresponding MyMathLab for School exercises are available for each section of the text. These editable assignments are especially helpful for online classes or "flipped" classes, where some or all learning takes place independently. 

  • NEW - Personal Inventory Assessments in MyMathLab for School are a collection of online activities designed to promote self-reflection and metacognition in students. These 33 assessments include topics such as a Stress Management Assessment, Diagnosing Poor Performance and Enhancing Motivation, and Time Management Assessment. 

  • NEW - Mindset videos and assignable, open-ended exercises in MyMathLab for School foster a growth mindset in students. This material encourages them to maintain a positive attitude about learning, value their own ability to grow, and view mistakes as learning opportunities, which is so often a hurdle for math students. These videos are one of many Study Skills and Career-Readiness Resources that address the non-math-related issues that can affect student success. 

  • NEW - College Algebra Essential Topic Video series and worksheets cover the essential topics a college algebra student must understand to succeed in the course. Videos can be assigned in a MyMathLab for School assignment to remind students of the crucial content before they begin on their exercises. 

  • REVISED - More of the popular Setup & Solve Exercises added to the MyMathLab for School course.  These require students to first describe how they will set up and approach the problem, mirroring what students will be expected to do on a test. 

 

Help students study efficiently and apply their understanding with extensive and varied exercise sets 

  • Voice balloons offer the support and guidance of a teacher's voice. These translate algebraic ideas into everyday English, clarify problem-solving procedures, present alternative ways of understanding concepts, and connect problem solving to concepts students have already learned. 

  • Check Point Examples: Each example is followed by a similar matched problem, called a Check Point, giving students a chance to test their understanding of the example. Answers to the Check Points are provided in the answer section. 

  • Great Question! feature presents a variety of study tips in the context of students' questions. Answers to questions offer suggestions for problem solving, point out common errors to avoid, and provide informal hints and suggestions. This feature also can help alleviate students' anxiety when asking questions in class. 

  • Graphing and Functions that model data appear in nearly every section and exercise set.

    • Graphing is introduced in Chapter 1 and functions are introduced in Chapter 2, with an integrated graphing functional approach emphasized throughout the book.

    • Examples and exercises use graphs of functions to explore relationships between data and to provide ways of visualizing a problem's solution.

    • Because functions are the core of this course, students are repeatedly shown how functions relate to equations and graphs. 

  • Brief Review boxes summarize the most critical prerequisite mathematical skills students should know in order to master the chapter's objectives. This feature appears whenever a particular skill is first needed and eliminates the need for reteaching that skill.

  • Section Exercise Sets are ample and consistently organized, enabling teachers to create assignments that meet student needs. Exercise sets include:

    • Concept and Vocabulary Checks: short-answer exercises that precede the exercise sets to assess students' understanding of the definitions and concepts presented in each section. 

    • Practice PLUS Problems: more challenging practice problems that often require students to combine several skills or concepts. With an average of ten Practice PLUS problems per exercise set, teachers have the flexibility to create assignments that take practice to a more challenging level.

    • "Make Sense?" classroom discussion exercises: sets of four critical-thinking exercises that foster participation in the learning process. These questions ask students to determine whether statements are sensible, and to explain why or why not, allowing teachers to quickly gauge students' understanding of concepts. 

    • Retaining the Concepts exercises: an opportunity for students to review previously covered objectives in order to help maintain their mastery of the material and keep skills fresh. These exercises are also available on Enhanced Assignments within MyMathLab for School. 

    • Preview Exercises at the end of each exercise set: practice that prepares students for material in the section ahead. Some problems review important material from the past and others are designed to get students thinking about concepts that they will soon encounter. 

  • Mid-Chapter Checkpoints contain a set of review exercises that allow students to review skills and concepts from several sections before the end-of-chapter exercises. 

  • End-of-chapter materials include a comprehensive collection of Review Exercises, including Cumulative Review Exercises and practice Chapter Tests, for each of the chapter's sections right after the chapter Summary. 

  • Achieving Success boxes at the end of many sections in Chapters 1 through 5 offer strategies for persistence and success in college mathematics courses. 

 

Set up your course easily and quickly 

  • NEW - Enhanced Assignments: These section-level assignments include just-in-time prerequisite review, help keep skills fresh by reinforcing key concepts, and provide opportunities to work selected exercises without learning aids so students check their understanding.

  • NEW - In-text teaching tools: Every section in the Annotated Instructor's Edition includes a list of resources that are available in MyMathLab for School to incorporate into teaching or homework assignments.

  • NEW - Video Assignments featuring short videos with corresponding MyMathLab for School exercises are available for each section of the text. These editable assignments are especially helpful for online classes or "flipped" classes, where some or all learning takes place independently. 

  • NEW - Early Alerts: Now included with Performance Analytics,Early Alerts use predictive analytics to identify struggling students, even if their assignment scores are not a cause for concern. In both Performance Analytics and Early Alerts, teachers can email students individually or by group to provide feedback. 

  • UPDATED - PowerPoint slides are now animated. They also utilize the Microsoft® Equation Editor, making them more easily editable. 

 

Reach every student with MyMathLab for School

Teach your course your way

  • Flexible platform: Your course is unique. With MyMathLab for School, your courseware can be, too. Easily tailor your course to fit your needs, whether you want to create assignments, manage multiple sections, or set prerequisites.

  • Preparedness: Preparedness is one of the biggest challenges in many math courses. Pearson offers a variety of content and course options to support students with just-in-time remediation and key-concept review as needed.

  • Data & Analytics: MyMathLab for School provides teachers with a comprehensive gradebook with enhanced reporting functionality makes it easier for teachers to manage courses efficiently.

Empower learners

  • Personalized learning: Each student learns at a different pace. Personalized learning pinpoints the precise areas your students need to practice, giving every student the support they need, when and where they need it, to be successful. Personalized learning in MyMathLab for School gives teachers the flexibility to incorporate the approach that best suits the needs of their course and students.

  • Motivation: Students are motivated to succeed when they're engaged in the learning experience and understand the relevance and power of math. Through online homework, students receive immediate feedback and tutorial assistance that motivates them to do more, which means they retain more knowledge, improve their test scores, and perform better in future courses. Plus, we're always adding new solutions to further engage students.

Deliver trusted content

  • Course-specific resources and interactive features bring to life content written by highly respected authors, facilitating learning experiences that foster lasting comprehension. Each course is developed to accompany Pearson's best-selling content, authored by thought leaders across the math curriculum, and can be easily customized to fit any course format.

  • Conceptual understanding: Successful students have the ability to transfer their mathematical ideas and knowledge into new situations and apply it to new contexts. Making connections with mathematical concepts helps students internalize difficult ideas needed for success in current and future courses.

Pearson  eText  is an easy-to-use digital textbook available within MyMathLab for School that lets you read, highlight, take notes, all in one place. If you're not using MyMathLab for School, students can purchase Pearson eText on their own or you can assign it as a course to schedule readings, view student usage analytics, and share your own notes with students. Learn more  about Pearson eText. 

 

New to This Edition

  • Outstanding applications from diverse fields draw from the author's unique background in behavioral science. Applications cover topics relevant to students, including many new to the 7th Edition: 

    • World Tiger Population 

    • COVID-19 Pandemic 

    • Area Burned by Wildfires in the U.S. 

    • Regular Marijuana Use among 18-to-25-Year-Olds 

    • Use of Social Media by Age 

  • New In-text teaching tools: Every section in the Annotated Instructor's Edition includes which MyMathLab for School resources are available for that section.

 

Content changes

  • Section objectives are renamed as "What You'll Learn" (previously headed "What am I supposed to learn?").

  • Section P.6 includes new examples and exercises involving adding and subtracting rational expressions with different monomial denominators. (Section P.6, Example 8 and Exercises 4350) 

  • Section 1.4 contains a new objective involving simplifying powers of i. (Section 1.4, Example 7 and Exercises 5560) 

  • In Chapter 3, the standard form of a quadratic function, f (x) = a(x - h)2 + k, has been renamed the vertex form.

  • Section 5.7 includes a new objective covering the definitions, properties, and graphs of the inverse cotangent, inverse cosecant, and inverse secant functions. (Section 5.7, Example 5 and Exercises 1926, 5762) 

  • Section 6.1 has a new objective on rewriting expressions that contain both trigonometric and logarithmic expressions as equivalent expressions using trigonometric identities and properties of logarithms. (Section 6.1, Example 9 and Exercises 6166) 

  • Section 6.5 builds on the new material in Section 6.1with a new objective on solving equations that contain both trigonometric and logarithmic expressions. (Section 6.5, Example 13 and Exercises 117128)  

  • Section 7.5 introduces the notation r cos  as an abbreviation for r(cos  + i sin).  (Section 7.5, Great Question! on p. 788) 

  • Section 7.5 provides a second explanation of finding complex roots using DeMoivre's Theorem. The new approach relies more on the relationships among the roots and less on the use of a formula. (Section 7.5, Great Question! on p. 792 and Example 9) 

  • Section 9.5 presents an alternative to expansion by minors for evaluating a third-order determinant. (Section 9.5, pp. 969970)