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Algebra and Trigonometry, Third Edition

Author(s): Dennis G. Zill, Loyola Marymount University
Jacqueline M. Dewar, Loyola Marymount University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763754617
  • ISBN-10:0763754617
  • Hardcover    750 pages      © 2012
Price: $281.95 US List
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Written for the undergraduate course, the Third Edition covers the principles of college algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry in the concise and student-friendly style that have made Zill's texts a world-wide success. It includes all of the trademark features for which Zill is known, including lucid examples and problem sets, a rich pedagogy, a complete teaching and learning ancillary package, and much more. Throughout the text readers will find a wide range or word problems and relevant applications, historical accounts of famous mathematicians, and a variety of modern exercises. With an emphasis on problem solving, the examples are designed to motivate, instruct, and guide students, while urging them to test their comprehension, challenge their understanding, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. 

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Features & Benefits

  • Includes a rich collection of modern examples and problem sets that draw students into the text
  • Incorporates a concise, student-friendly writing style with numerous pedagogical elements that help students get the most out of their course
  • A full ancillary package includes WebAssign access, student solutions manual, instructor solutions manual, PowerPoint lecture slides, and more
  • Notes from the Classroom are remarks aimed at students and address a variety of student issues, such as alternative terminology, reinforcement of important concepts, misinterpretations, common errors, and more.
  • End-of-chapter exercises allow students to test their understanding of the concepts discussed in that chapter.
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Applicable Courses

Appropriate for the one- or two-term course in algebra and trigonometry typcially offered at the freshman/sophomore level.

Chapter  R  Review of Basic Algebra
Chapter  1  Equations and Inequalities
Chapter  2  Rectangular Coordinate System and Graphs
Chapter  3  Functions and Graphs
Chapter  4  Polynomial and Rational Functions
Chapter  5  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Chapter  6  Right Triangle Trigonometry
Chapter  7  Unit Circle Trigonometry
Chapter  8  Applications of Trigonometry
Chapter  9  Topics in Analytic Geometry
Chapter  10  Polar Coordinates
Chapter  11  Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Chapter  12  Matrices and Determinants
Chapter  13  Sequences, Series, and Probability

Dennis G. Zill-Loyola Marymount University

Dennis Zill received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Iowa State University, and is a former professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Loras College in Iowa, and California Polytechnic State University. He is also the former chair of the Mathematics department at Loyola Marymount University, where he currently holds a rank as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. Zill holds interests in astronomy, modern literature, music, golf, and good wine, while his research interests include Special Functions, Differential Equations, Integral Transformations, and Complex Analysis.


Jacqueline M. Dewar-Loyola Marymount University

Jacqueline Dewar - In her 30-year teaching career at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, Jackie Dewar has taught a wide variety of courses ranging from intermediate algebra and precalculus to algebraic topology and been very active in curriculum development.   She has developed or co-developed a hands-on lab for future elementary teachers, a unique math/science core course entitled Mathematics:  Contributions by Women, a community-building course for freshman math majors that focuses on problem solving and mathematical communication, and a quantitative literacy course that engages students in campus or local community issues. 

             From 1995-2001 she worked with a team of faculty from ten institutions of higher education in the Los Angeles Collaborative for Teacher Excellence (, a $5,500,000 NSF-funded initiative with the goal of improving K-12 teacher preparation programs in science and mathematics. She has served as department chair (1983-86, 2005-6) and was recently appointed the Director of Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

             In 2003, she was selected as one of 26 scholars by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). She has worked to expand the international SoTL movement in the mathematics community by co-organizing minicourses (2006, 2007) and a contributed paper session (2007) at the national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.  In 2006, she received the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching.  She has written book reviews for Teaching Children Mathematics, and published articles in The Arithmetic Teacher, College Mathematics Journal, Collegiate Microcomputer, Journal of Mathematics and Science:  Collaborative Explorations, Mathematics and Computer Education, and National Teaching and Learning Forum.


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ISBN-13: 9780763754617

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Student Resource Manual to accompany Algebra and Trigonometry (ExpressPDF)

ISBN-13: 9781449665210

The Student Resource Manual, prepared by Warren S. Wright and Carol D. Wright, offers numerous study aids and learning tools. Worked out solutions to selected exercises are included and allow students to check their work as they move through the course.