Features and Benefits

Reach every student with MyMathLab® for School

  • Integrated Review is available for every title in the Lial Series. MyMathLab® for School with Integrated Review courses provide a full suite of supporting resources for the main course content plus additional assignments and study aids for students who will benefit from remediation. Assignments for the integrated review content are preassigned in MyMathLab for School, making it easier than ever to create your course.
  • Enhanced Sample Assignments: Author Callie Daniels makes course set-up easier by giving instructors a starting point for each section. Following Callie’s best practices in the classroom, Enhanced Sample Assignments maximize students’ performance.
    • Prep Assignments include Example Videos with assessment questions. This assignment pairs with MyNotes.  Students actively participate while taking notes from the Example Video and then work the related exercises. 
    • Section Homework includes author-selected problems and increases in difficulty.
    • Cumulative Review Quizzes draw from section homework questions covered to that point in the course–helping students feel prepared for a final exam at any point.
  • The video program helps students study anytime, anywhere.
    • Quick reviews cover Key definitions through the detailed solution process for every example in the textbook.
    • Example Solutions walk students through the detailed solution process for every example in the textbook.
    • The new Essential College Algebra Video Series covers the essential topics your students need to master to be successful in the course. Interactive questions are embedded throughout to allow students to stop and think about the next step, and worksheets are available to guide students through the material.
  • Personal Inventory Assessments are a collection of online exercises designed to promote self-reflection and engagement in students. These 33 assessments include topics such as a Stress Management Assessment, Diagnosing Poor Performance and Enhancing Motivation, and Time Management Assessment.

About the book

  • In College Algebra, 13th Edition, reviewer feedback has been considered and is reflected throughout. General revisions include enhanced readability, updates to the book’s extensive applications and real-world mathematics problems, targeted use of color, and coordination of exercises with related examples.
  • The expanded Chapter R includes more of the basic concepts that challenge many college algebra students:
    • New Section R.1 on Fractions, Decimals, and Percents has been added.
    • Additional new topics throughout the chapter include operations with signed numbers (Section R.3), dividing a polynomial by a monomial (Section R.5), and factoring expressions with negative and rational exponents (Section R.6).
    • Topics are reorganized for improved flow throughout the chapter.
  • Careful addition of exercises in Chapters 1 and 2:
    • Section 2.3 (Functions) has several new exercises that use analytic methods to determine maximum and minimum values of a function.
    • Section 2.6 (Graphs of Basic Functions) has new exercises and applications of the greatest integer function.
    • Section 2.4 (Linear Functions) enhances discussion of average rate of change of a linear function. This topic is then related to the difference quotient and average rate of change of a nonlinear function in Section 2.8 (Function Operations and Composition).
  • A new section on Polynomial and Rational Inequalities in Chapter 3 (Section 3.6). This section features a visual approach to solving such inequalities by interpreting the graphs of related functions.
  • Updated exercises and examples:
    • New exercises in Section 4.3 (Logarithmic Functions) relate exponential and logarithmic functions as inverses.
    • A new example and related exercises in Section 5.2  (Matrix Solution of Linear Systems) use Gaussian elimination to solve linear systems of equations.
    • A new example and related exercises in Sections 6.2 (Ellipses) and 6.3 (Hyperbolas) have been added, in which completing the square is used to find the standard form of an ellipse or a hyperbola
    • Exercises in Chapter 6 are reformatted for greater ease of use.

Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what's new in this edition.