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College Algebra, Third Edition

Author(s): Dennis G. Zill, Loyola Marymount University
Jacqueline M. Dewar, Loyola Marymount University
  • ISBN-13: 9781449606022
  • Hardcover    544 pages      © 2012
Price: $255.95 US List
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With an emphasis on problem solving and packed with engaging, student-friendly exercise sets and examples, the Third Edition of Zill and Dewar's College Algebra is the perfect text for the traditional college algebra course.  Zill's renowned pedagogy and accessible, straightforward writing style urges students to delve into the content and experience the mathematics first-hand through numerous problem sets. These problem sets give students the opportunity to test their comprehension, challenge their understanding, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations.  A robust collection of student and instructor ancillaries include: WebAssign access, PowerPoint Lecture Slides, Test Bank, Student Resource Manual and more.

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Features & Benefits

  • Provides accessible, real-world exercises and problem sets throughout
  • Incorporates the renowned pedagogy and lucid writing-style for which Zill is known
  • Includes a full suite of  teaching and learning tools for students and instructors
  • Available with WebAssign Online Homework and Grading System

Applicable Courses

Ideal for the 1-term course in College Algebra at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities

Chapter  1  Review of Basic Algebra
Chapter  2  Equations and Inequalities
Chapter  3  Rectangular Coordinate System and Graphs
Chapter  4  Functions and Graphs
Chapter  5  Polynomial and Rational Functions
Chapter  6  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Chapter  7  Topics in Analytic Geometry
Chapter  8  Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Chapter  9  Matrices and Determinants
Chapter  10  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.


The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449606022

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Student Resource Manual to accompany College Algebra, Third Edition (ExpressPDF)

ISBN-13: 9781449665241 ISBN-10: 1449665241

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.