A modern approach to college algebra and right-triangle trigonometry is supported by optional graphics calculator material. The accessible writing style, and realistic applications from a variety of disciplines reinforce the student-oriented approach of this text. "Graphics Calculator Alert" boxes and "Graphics Calculator Power User's Corner" boxes, along with graphing calculator exercises show students how to get the most out of technology. A split-screen format for algebraic procedures, rules, and properties offers simultaneous examples of the mathematical concepts to facilitate students understanding. "Progress Checks" follow most examples and enable students to assess their comprehension. Exceptional explanation in Chapter 2 (Sections 2.2 and 2.4) on how to solve word problems help students master this important skill. "Warnings" reinforce good mathematical habits by pointing out incorrect practices most commonly found in homework and on exams.