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Intermediate Algebra Workbook

Scottsdale Community College
 

This workbook was created through the efforts of instructors at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been used by thousands of students, and is continually improved. This workbook contains have lessons that were carefully and thoughtfully crafted to lead students on a path to understanding numbers and arithmetic.

Each lesson is broken into four parts, which an instructor can use some or all of:

  • A Minilesson, in a workbook format, which can either be worked through in-class via lecture or groupwork, or through video lessons available on the Scottsdale Math blog or inside MyOpenMath.
  • Practice problems
  • A short assessment
  • Online homework in MyOpenMath

The printed version of the workbook is available in looseleaf from the printing company listed to above; contact them for pricing and ordering information

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  • PDF. A Portable Document Format (PDF) file is can be opened using the free Acrobat Reader. It is not an editable format.
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  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to Functions
    • Section 1.1 - What is a Function?
    • Section 1.2 - Multiple Representations of Functions
    • Section 1.3 - Function Notation
    • Section 1.4 - Domain and Range
    • Section 1.5 - Applications of Functions
  • Lesson 2 - Functions and Function Operations
    • Section 2.1 - Combining Functions
    • Section 2.2 - Applications of Function Operations
    • Section 2.3 - Composition of Functions
    • Section 2.4 - Applications of Function Composition
  • Lesson 3 - Linear Equations and Functions
    • Section 3.1 - Linear Equations and Functions
    • Section 3.2 - Graphs of Linear Functions
    • Section 3.3 - Horizontal and Vertical Lines
    • Section 3.4 - Writing the Equation of a Line
  • Lesson 4 - Linear Functions and Applications
    • Section 4.1 - Review of Linear Functions
    • Section 4.2 - Average Rate of Change
    • Section 4.3 - Scatterplots on the Graphing Calculator
    • Section 4.4 - Linear Regression
    • Section 4.5 - Multiple Ways to Determine the Equation of a Line
  • Lesson 5 - Introduction to Exponential Functions
    • Section 5.1 - Linear Functions vs. Exponential Functions
    • Section 5.2 - Characteristics of Exponential Functions
    • Section 5.3 - Solving Exponential Equations by Graphing
    • Section 5.4 - Applications of Exponential Functions
  • Lesson 6 - More Exponential Functions
    • Section 6.1 - Writing Exponential Models
    • Section 6.2 - Doubling Time and Halving Time
    • Section 6.3 - Exponential Regression
  • Lesson 7 - Logarithms and Logarithmic Functions
    • Section 7.1 - Introduction to Logarithms
    • Section 7.2 - Computing Logarithms
    • Section 7.3 - Characteristics of Logarithmic Functions
    • Section 7.4 - Solving Logarithmic Equations
    • Section 7.5 - Solving Exponential Equations Algebraically and Graphically
    • Section 7.6 - Using Logarithms as a Scaling Tool
  • Lesson 8 - Introduction to Quadratic Functions
    • Section 8.1 - Characteristics of Quadratic Functions
    • Section 8.2 - Solving Quadratic Equations Graphically
    • Section 8.3 - Applications of Quadratic Functions
    • Section 8.4 - Quadratic Regression
  • Lesson 9 - Solving Quadratic Equations
    • Section 9.1 - Quadratic Equations in Standard Form
    • Section 9.2 - Factoring Quadratic Expressions
    • Section 9.3 - Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
    • Section 9.4 - The Quadratic Formula
    • Section 9.5 - Complex Numbers
    • Section 9.6 - Complex Solutions to Quadratic Equations
  • Lesson 10 - Radical Functions
    • Section 10.1 - Roots, Radicals, and Rational Exponents
    • Section 10.2 - Square Root Functions - Key Characteristics
    • Section 10.3 - Cube Root Functions - Key Characteristics
    • Section 10.4 - Radical Functions - Key Characteristics
    • Section 10.5 - Solve Radical Equations by Graphing
    • Section 10.6 - Solve Radical Equations Algebraically
  • Lesson 11 -Rational Functions
    • Section 11.1 - Characteristics of Rational Functions
    • Section 11.2 - Solving Rational Equations
    • Section 11.3 - Applications of Rational Functions
  • Lesson 12 - Course Review
    • Section 12.1 - Overview of Functions
    • Section 12.2 - Solving Equations
    • Section 12.3 - Mixed Applications
Supplements:
  • MyOpenMath online homework. MyOpenMath is a free online homework system, built on the open source IMathAS assessment platform. It provides randomized, algorithmically generated homework with automated grading of numerical and algebraic answers, similar to WebAssign and MyMathLab. It also provides a course management system with gradebook, file posting, discussion forums, etc. Assessment sets have been created for this textbook, which may be available for self-study by students, or can copied as a starter course shell by faculty.

    MyOpenMath use is a provided free by Lumen Learning. Community support may be available through faculty support forums. For direct support, course development and support service contracts are available from Lumen.

    For Washington State faculty, the WAMAP.org site also mirrors this content.
  • Videos. See the comments below for details.
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Notes: This is a comprehensively design course packet, intended to be customizable for use in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.