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Algebra II For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-471-77581-2
384 pages
June 2006
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Besides being an important area of math for everyday use, algebra is a passport to studying subjects like calculus, trigonometry, number theory, and geometry, just to name a few. To understand algebra is to possess the power to grow your skills and knowledge so you can ace your courses and possibly pursue further study in math.

Algebra II For Dummies is the fun and easy way to get a handle on this subject and solve even the trickiest algebra problems. This friendly guide shows you how to get up to speed on exponential functions, laws of logarithms, conic sections, matrices, and other advanced algebra concepts. In no time you’ll have the tools you need to:

  • Interpret quadratic functions
  • Find the roots of a polynomial
  • Reason with rational functions
  • Expose exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Cut up conic sections
  • Solve linear and non linear systems of equations
  • Equate inequalities
  • Simplifyy complex numbers
  • Make moves with matrices
  • Sort out sequences and sets

This straightforward guide offers plenty of multiplication tricks that only math teachers know. It also profiles special types of numbers, making it easy for you to categorize them and solve any problems without breaking a sweat. When it comes to understanding and working out algebraic equations, Algebra II For Dummies is all you need to succeed!

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Table of Contents


Part I: Homing in on Basic Solutions.

Chapter 1: Going Beyond Beginning Algebra.

Chapter 2: Toeing the Straight Line: Linear Equations.

Chapter 3: Cracking Quadratic Equations.

Chapter 4: Rooting Out the Rational, Radical, and Negative.

Chapter 5: Graphing Your Way to the Good Life.

Part II: Facing Off with Functions.

Chapter 6: Formulating Function Facts.

Chapter 7: Sketching and Interpreting Quadratic Functions.

Chapter 8: Staying Ahead of the Curves: Polynomials.

Chapter 9: Relying on Reason: Rational Functions.

Chapter 10: Exposing Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.

Part III: Conquering Conics and Systems of Equations.

Chapter 11: Cutting Up Conic Sections.

Chapter 12: Solving Systems of Linear Equations.

Chapter 13: Solving Systems of Nonlinear Equations and Inequalities.

Part IV: Shifting into High Gear with Advanced Concepts.

Chapter 14: Simplifying Complex Numbers in a Complex World.

Chapter 15: Making Moves with Matrices.

Chapter 16: Making a List: Sequences and Series.

Chapter 17: Everything You Wanted to Know about Sets.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Multiplication Tricks.

Chapter 19: Ten Special Types of Numbers.


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Author Information

Mary Jane Sterling has authored Algebra For Dummies, Trigonometry For Dummies, Algebra Workbook For Dummies, Trigonometry Workbook For Dummies, Algebra I CliffsStudySolver, and Algebra II CliffsStudySolver. She taught junior high and high school math for many years before beginning her current 25-year-and-counting career at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Mary Jane enjoys working with her students both in the classroom and outside the classroom, where they do various community service projects.
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