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College Algebra

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'College Algebra is an introductory text for a college algebra survey course.  The material is presented at a level intended to prepare students for Calculus while also giving them relevant mathematical skills that can be used in other classes.  The authors describe their approach as "Functions First," believing introducing functions first will help students understand new concepts more completely. Each section includes homework exercises, and the answers to most computational... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: April 26, 2010
Date Modified in MERLOT: January 21, 2017
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Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division
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Available in PDF, Latex and printed (for a fee) formats with ancillary slides and quizzes. More info at

Language: English
Material Version: 2013
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Abel Kyle
1 year ago

Abel Kyle (Librarian)

Invaluable blog post , I was enlightened by the analysis - Does someone know if I might be able to get ahold of a blank NY UD-13 example to complete ?
Time spent reviewing site: 3 hours

Avatar for Corrie Bergeron
5 years ago

Corrie Bergeron (Content Developer/Author)

An outstanding gift to Algebra, Trig, and Precalculus students.  This high-quality, rigorous text has been adopted nationwide and even overseas.  The authors were honored by the Ohio State legislature for their contribution.  The forms the centerpiece of the Ohio's Scaffold to the Stars, an EDUCAUSE Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave I grant.

The complete text and its source code (including all LaTeX code for all the equations and graphs) is freely available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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The book is now in its 3rd edition (Fall 2011).  There is also a YouTube channel with over 100 videos:

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