Schaum’s Outline of College Algebra, Fifth Edition
Book Preface
In the fifth edition, the comprehensiveness of earlier editions is retained and three new chapters are added so that all of the topics commonly taught in college algebra are contained in a single source. Although the use of logarithm tables and determinants has declined, these topics are retained for use by instructors who still include them in their courses. Manual solutions are used to develop an understanding of the procedures that are frequently done using calculators and computers.
The book is complete in itself and can be used equally well by those who are in a class studying college algebra for the first time as well as those who wish to review the fundamental principles and procedures of college algebra on their own. Students who are studying advanced algebra in high school will be able to use the book as a source of additional examples, explanations, and problems. The thorough treatment of the topics of algebra allows an instructor to use the book as the textbook for a course, as a resource for material on a specific topic, or as a source for additional problems.
Each of the chapters 1 through 33 contains a summary of the necessary definitions and theorems followed by a set of solved problems and concluding with a set of supplementary problems with answers. Chapter 32 introduces three additional procedures for approximating the real zeros of polynomial equations of degree three or more. Chapter 33 is an informal development of the basic calculus concepts of limit, continuity, and convergence using the algebra procedures from the earlier chapters. Chapter 34 contains additional solved problems and supplementary problems with answers for each of the prior chapters.
The choice of whether to use a calculator or not is left to the student. A calculator is not required, but it can be used in conjunction with the book. There are no directions on how to use a graphing calculator to do the problems, but there are several instances of the general procedures to be used and the student needs to consult the manual for the calculator being used to see how to implement the procedures on that particular calculator.
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