College Algebra in Context is designed for a course in algebra that is based on data
analysis, modeling, and real-life applications from the management, life, and social
sciences. The text is intended to show students how to analyze, solve, and interpret
problems in this course, in future courses, and in future careers. At the heart of this text
is its emphasis on problem solving in meaningful contexts.
The text is application-driven and uses real-data problems that motivate interest
in the skills and concepts of algebra. Modeling is introduced early, in the discussion
of linear functions and in the discussion of quadratic and power functions. Additional
models are introduced as exponential, logarithmic, logistic, cubic, and quartic functions
are discussed. Mathematical concepts are introduced informally with an emphasis
on applications. Each chapter contains real-data problems and extended application
projects that can be solved by students working collaboratively.
The text features a constructive chapter-opening Algebra Toolbox, which reviews
previously learned algebra concepts by presenting the prerequisite skills needed for
successful completion of the chapter. In addition, a section on calculus preparation at
the end of the text emphasizes how students can use their new knowledge in a variety
of calculus courses.