By connecting applications, modeling, and visualization, Gary Rockswold motivates students to learn mathematics in the context of their experiences. In order to both learn and retain the material, students must see a connection between the concepts and their real lives. In this new edition, connections are taken to a new level with “See the Concept” features, where students make important connections through detailed visualizations that deepen understanding.
Rockswold is also known for presenting the concept of a function as a unifying theme, with an emphasis on the rule of four (verbal, graphical, numerical, and symbolic representations). A flexible approach allows instructors to strike their own balance of skills, rule of four, applications, modeling, and technology.
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Gary K. Rockswold
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colour illustrations, figures
colour illustrations, figures
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a math instructor at a community college and have been unfortunate to have to use this text for a College Algebra class, 3 semesters in a row. This text is the worst math textbook on Earth!
It introduces "rules" without the necessary logical derivation/explanation so the students are "encouraged" to memorize without thinking. It lacks logical ordering and structure - the examples in each section do not develop logically and gradually from each other but are presented usually in a haphazard order. I have to reorder them for class presentations.
It lacks consistency - the summaries sometimes skip concepts that were covered in a section; the example problems often do not match the difficulty and variations in the homework; some types of problems simply do not appear at all in the Review sections. The lecture slides are often too succinct and insufficient, the videos are organized at the discretion of the presenter trying to compensate for the chaotic...
This book is the cat's ass. It was required for my online algebra course. This basically consisted of teaching yourself the material using only the book and then heading to the professor's office hours if you had any problems/questions. So I taught myself college algebra using only this book and I received an A for the course. I haven't used any other college algebra books so I have nothing to compare it to. But this book will definitely lay it all out for you and get you where you need to be. Highest recommendation!
On the chapter of polynomial division my teacher decided it wouldn't be an issue if everyone just read the book for it. Took me an hour reading and rereading the section, and I still couldn't understand it. I then decided to give up on the book for the chapter and turned to my boyfriend's trigonometry book on the section, and in his book, in a half a page explained it a thousand times better than this book did in three pages. This book isn't good at visually showing how to perform simple tasks or even complex ones, it prefers to speak in paragraphs about the theories. If you already don't have a knack for math or haven't been in school for a while this book will only confuse you and hopefully your teacher can explain it better for you.
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