**Book Description:**

A contemporary approach to college algebra is supported by optional graphics calculator material. The accessible writing style, and realistic applications reinforce the student-oriented approach of this text. "Graphic 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.