Intermediate Algebra, 8th Edition © 2023

Built around the belief that every student can succeed, Intermediate Algebra, published by Pearson, offers lessons and resources that welcome learners at every level into the course. The development of hard and soft skills helps to educate the whole person.

  • Renewed focus on student success
  • Resources make the most use of study time
  • Revised exercise sets
  • All new video series

Intermediate Algebra Program with Digital Integration

Intermediate Algebra offers a curriculum that balances the instruction of upper-level math with the cultivation of students and their success.


Student-Centered Learning

Martin-Gay brings a supportive approach to teaching math skills that helps put students at ease through challenging material and grows their abilities as students.


Current Relevance

Much of the learning material is built off of and applies to real-life scenarios. The familiarity helps keep students engaged by showing them the ways math can help them understand the world.


Conceptual Reinforcement

The curriculum’s structure includes exercises and skills checks throughout and at the end of each chapter, so teachers can gauge student progress.


Personalized Teaching and Learning

While the course provides structure and definite learning goals, there is remarkable flexibility in how study plans can be built according to fit each student.

Intermediate Algebra Teaching Solutions

  • Hallmark Features
  • New and Updated Features

  • Concept Checks
    Concept Checks help students gauge their grasp of an idea as it is presented and then prevent misconceptions.
  • Exercise Sets
    Exercise sets include Guided Applications, Mixed Practice, Concept Extension, and Vocabulary, Readiness, and Video Checks.
  • Study Skills
    A study skills focus helps students make the most of their study time. Resources include Section 1.1 Tips for Success in Mathematics, a Video Notebook to encourage good note-taking, and study skills resources.
  • End-of-Chapter Material
    End-of-chapter material helps students reinforce concepts in the most teachable moment. Getting Ready for the Test exercises help students check their understanding and avoid common errors.

  • Carefully Paired Exercises
    Thoroughly examined and revised Exercise Sets feature a special focus on carefully pairing even- and odd-numbered exercises.
  • Real-Life Applications
    Real-life applications and data are made current to keep content relevant for today’s students. Updated applications include social media use, stock share prices, and job growth predictions.
  • Updated Activities
    Updated Extension Exercises, Exploration Activities, Conceptual Exercises, and Group Activities are provided in the Key Concept Activity Workbook, also available through MyMathLab for School.
  • Video Notebook
    The Video Notebook has been updated to reflect updates made to the video lectures. This note-taking guide workbook provides students with the all-important skill of taking and keeping organized notes. It covers all video examples in order and gives prompts with ample space to note definitions and rules.

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More About Intermediate Algebra

  • Elayn Martin-Gay Author Bio
    Elayn Martin-Gay has taught mathematics at the University of New Orleans for more than 25 years. Her numerous teaching awards include the local University Alumni Association's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Developmental Educator at University of New Orleans, presented by the Louisiana Association of Developmental Educators.

    Prior to writing textbooks, Elayn Martin-Gay developed an acclaimed series of lecture videos to support developmental mathematics students. These highly successful videos originally served as the foundation materials for her texts. Today, the videos are specific to each book in her series. She has also created Chapter Test Prep Videos to help students during their most "teachable moment" (as they prepare for a test) along with Instructor-to-Instructor Videos that provide teaching tips, hints, and suggestions for every developmental mathematics course including basic mathematics, prealgebra, beginning algebra, and intermediate algebra.

    Elayn is the author of 13 published textbooks and a new Interactive Assignment MyMathLab® for School course, all specializing in developmental mathematics courses. She has also published series in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. She has participated as an author across a broad range of educational materials: textbooks, videos, tutorial software, and courseware. This provides an opportunity for various combinations for an integrated teaching and learning package offering great consistency for the student.
  • Table of Contents
    1. Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions
      • 1.1 Study Skill Tips for Success in Mathematics
      • 1.2 Algebraic Expressions and Sets of Numbers
      • 1.3 Operations on Real Numbers and Order of Operations
      • Integrated Review: Algebraic Expressions and Operations on Whole Numbers
      • 1.4 Properties of Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions
    2. Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
      • 2.1 Linear Equations in One Variable
      • 2.2 An Introduction to Problem Solving
      • 2.3 Formulas and Problem Solving
      • 2.4 Linear Inequalities and Problem Solving
      • Integrated Review: Linear Equations and Inequalities
      • 2.5 Compound Inequalities
      • 2.6 Absolute Value Equations
      • 2.7 Absolute Value Inequalities
    3. Graphs and Functions
      • 3.1 Graphing Equations
      • 3.2 Introduction to Functions
      • 3.3 Graphing Linear Functions
      • 3.4 The Slope of a Line
      • 3.5 Equations of Lines
      • Integrated Review: Linear Equations in Two Variables
      • 3.6 Graphing Piecewise-Defined Functions and Shifting and Reflecting Graphs of Functions
      • 3.7 Graphing Linear Inequalities
    4. Systems of Equations
      • 4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
      • 4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
      • 4.3 Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving
      • Integrated Review: Systems of Linear Equations
      • 4.4 Solving Systems of Equations by Matrices
      • 4.5 Systems of Linear Inequalities
    5. Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions
      • 5.1 Exponents and Scientific Notation
      • 5.2 More Work with Exponents and Scientific Notation
      • 5.3 Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
      • 5.4 Multiplying Polynomials
      • 5.5 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping
      • 5.6 Factoring Trinomials
      • 5.7 Factoring by Special Products
      • Integrated Review: Operations on Polynomials and Factoring Strategies
      • 5.8 Solving Equations by Factoring and Problem Solving
    6. Rational Expressions
      • 6.1 Rational Functions and Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
      • 6.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
      • 6.3 Simplifying Complex Fractions
      • 6.4 Dividing Polynomials: Long Division and Synthetic Division
      • 6.5 Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions
      • Integrated Review: Expressions and Equations Containing Rational Expressions
      • 6.6 Rational Equations and Problem Solving
      • 6.7 Variation and Problem Solving
    7. Rational Exponents, Radicals, and Complex Numbers
      • 7.1 Radicals and Radical Functions
      • 7.2 Rational Exponents
      • 7.3 Simplifying Radical Expressions
      • 7.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Radical Expressions
      • 7.5 Rationalizing Denominators and Numerators of Radical Expressions
      • Integrated Review: Radicals and Rational Exponents
      • 7.6 Radical Equations and Problem Solving
      • 7.7 Complex Numbers
    8. Quadratic Equations and Functions
      • 8.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
      • 8.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
      • 8.3 Solving Equations by Using Quadratic Methods
      • Integrated Review: Summary on Solving Quadratic Equations
      • 8.4 Nonlinear Inequalities in One Variable
      • 8.5 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
      • 8.6 Further Graphing of Quadratic Functions
    9. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
      • 9.1 The Algebra of Functions; Composite Functions
      • 9.2 Inverse Functions
      • 9.3 Exponential Functions
      • 9.4 Exponential Growth and Decay Functions
      • 9.5 Logarithmic Functions
      • 9.6 Properties of Logarithms
      • Integrated Review: Functions and Properties of Logarithms
      • 9.7 Common Logarithms, Natural Logarithms, and Change of Base
      • 9.8 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations and Problem Solving
    10. Conic Sections
      • 10.1 The Parabola and the Circle
      • 10.2 The Ellipse and the Hyperbola
      • Integrated Review: Graphing Conic Sections
      • 10.3 Solving Nonlinear Systems of Equations
      • 10.4 Nonlinear Inequalities and Systems of Inequalities
    11. Sequences, Series, and the Binomial Theorem
      • 11.1 Sequences
      • 11.2 Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences
      • 11.3 Series
      • Integrated Review: Sequences and Series
      • 11.4 Partial Sums of Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences
      • 11.5 The Binomial Theorem
    • Appendix A: Geometry
    • Appendix B: Stretching and Compressing Graphs of Absolute Value Functions
    • Appendix C: Solving Systems of Equations Using Determinants
    • Appendix D: An Introduction to Using a Graphing Utility

    Student Resources

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    Bigger Picture: Study Guide Outline

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