The book begins with the real number system and then moves students through linear equations, lines, equations, and systems, and inequalities. Students also learn to work with polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radicals, and quadratics and functions. Each of the eight chapters is organized into distinct lessons and instruction followed by exercise sets, so that students can master skills at a comfortable pace and build on them successfully. The instructional component emphasizes preparing students for more advanced courses by introducing them to the necessary concepts in an accessible and level-appropriate way.
Intermediate Algebra helps students become comfortable with the small details in math that make a big difference in overall competence and success. Thoughtfully developed with clear instruction and examples, as well as numerous practice opportunities throughout each lesson, the book is well suited to courses in the discipline.