# Algebra for the Utterly Confused by Larry J. Stephens

By Larry J. Stephens

Scholars and execs alike needs to faucet into their wisdom of algebra daily, even if it truly is for the SATs, university classes, or maybe the place of work.

Author Larry Stephens offers a super-accessible method of the topic that even the main math-phobic pupil can persist with, that includes simplified ideas and methods in response to real-world difficulties that use the rules of algebra for his or her recommendations.

Algebra for the definitely careworn deals a common, logical, step by step method of the basics of algebra, integrating modern software program as one of many key instruments to aid within the options of the issues, together with MINITAB, Excel spreadsheets, and Maple.

- Handy icons aid scholars visualize strategies and methods
- More than two hundred solved difficulties and examples relief scholars in figuring out algebraic recommendations
- Summary of key issues for each bankruptcy reinforces lined issues

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Lana played video poker and won $2000 and Larry played the slot machine called Flaming Sevens. He won $3000. $2000 + $3000 = $3000 + $2000 Properties of Numbers 29 Whether Lana cashes in first and Larry second or Larry cashes in first and Lana second, the total is the same. We refer to this fact in algebra as the commutative law of addition. In general, if a and b are any numbers, then the commutative law of addition states that a+b=b+a Associative Law of Addition 120 minutes + (30 minutes + 60 minutes) = (120 minutes + 30 minutes) + 60 minutes Example 2-7: Three family members each have a cell phone.

The functional relationship may be expressed in equation form as follows. y = f(x) The function notation does not mean f times x. ” It tells us how y is determined when x is specified. 636. 000. The other three pct values are found in the same manner. Quick Tip Examples of the concept function are all around us in the real world. The NYSE, NASDAQ, and AMEX stock listings as well the mutual funds listings may be regarded as functions. For the stock listings, the companies comprise the domain. There are several different ranges such as the closing value, change, and the price to earnings ratio (P/E).

In 2-1/2 hours the family travels 140 + 35 = 175 miles, and so forth. In general, the family travels 70x miles in x hours. That is, the functional relationship between time x and distance y is y = f (x) = 70x. A MAPLE plot for this function is shown in Fig. 3-5. Fig. 3-5 42 ALGEBRA FOR THE UTTERLY CONFUSED Inverse Function Example 3-6: When a function is a one-to-one function, there exists an inverse function. This concept can be illustrated with the temperature conversion example discussed earlier.