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    B a s e d o n S c h a u m s Out l ine o f

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  • Contents

    Chapter 1 Number Systems, Polynomials, and Exponents 1

    Chapter 2 Equations and Inequalities 13Chapter 3 Systems of Equations and

    Partial Fractions 27Chapter 4 Analytic Geometry and Functions 39Chapter 5 Algebraic Functions and

    Their Graphs 54Chapter 6 Exponential and

    Logarithmic Functions 71Chapter 7 Conic Sections 78Chapter 8 Trigonometric Functions 87Chapter 9 Trigonometric Identities and

    Trigonometric Inverses 104Chapter 10 Sequences and Series 116Index 121


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  • Chapter 1

    Number Systems,Polynomials,

    and Exponents

    In This Chapter:

    Sets of Numbers Axioms for the Real Number System Properties of Inequalities Absolute Value Complex Numbers Order of Operations Polynomials Factoring Exponents Rational and Radical Expressions

    Sets of Numbers

    The sets of numbers used in algebra are, in general, subsets of R, the setof real numbers.

    Natural numbers N: The counting numbers, e.g., 1, 2, 3, Integers Z: The counting numbers, together with their opposites

    and 0, e.g., 0, 1, 2, 3, , 1, 2, 3

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  • Rational Numbers Q: The set of all numbers that can be writtenas quotients a/b, b 0, a and b integers, e.g., 3/17, 5/13,

    Irrational Numbers H: All real numbers that are not rationalnumbers, e.g., , /3,

    Example 1.1: The number 5 is a member of thesets Z, Q, R. The number 156.73 is a member of thesets Q, R. The number 5 is a member of the sets H, R.

    Axioms for the Real Number System

    There are two fundamental operations, addition and multiplication, whichhave the following properties (a, b, c arbitrary real numbers):

    Commutative Laws :a + b = b + a: order does not matter in addition.ab = ba: order does not matter in multiplication.

    Associative Laws:a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c: grouping does not matter in repeated addition.a(bc) = (ab)c: grouping does not matter in repeated multi-plication.

    Distributive Laws:a(b + c) = ab + ac; also (a + b)c = ac + bc: multiplication isdistributive over addition.

    Zero Factor Laws:For every real number a, a 0 = 0.If ab = 0, then either a = 0 or b = 0.

    Laws for Negatives: ( a) = a( a)( b) = ab ab = ( a)b = a( b) = ( a)( b) = (ab)( 1)a = a

    Laws for Quotients:

    = =



    = =














    dad bcif and only if .

    2 53, ,


  • Properties of Inequalities

    The number a is less than b, written a < b, if b a is positive. If a < b thenb is greater than a, written b > a. If a is either less than or equal to b, thisis written a b. If a b then b is greater than or equal to a, written b a.The following properties may be deduced from these definitions:

    If a < b, then a + c < b + c.

    If a < b, then.

    If a < b and b < c, then a < c.

    Absolute Value

    The absolute value of a real number a, written a, is defined as follows:


    Complex Numbers

    Not all numbers are real numbers. The set of complex numbers, C, con-tains all numbers of the standard form a + bi, where a and b are real andi2 = 1. Since every real number x can be written as x + 0i, it follows thatevery real number is also a complex number. The complex numbers thatare not real are sometimes known as imaginary numbers.

    Example 1.2: are examples of

    complex (imaginary) numbers.

    In standard form, complex numbers can be combined using the op-erations defined for real numbers, together with the definition of theimaginary unit i: i2 = 1. The conjugate of a complex number z is denot-ed z. If z = a + bi, then z = a bi.

    3 4 3 2 5 21



    2+ = + +i i i i, , ,

    aa a

    a a=

    > 0, x1/n is the positive real number y which, when

    raised to the nth power gives x.

    3 2 3 31



    1 3 2

    32 4 4 5 2


    4 52




    4 5x y x y z xy

    x yz




    x y + = + = +( )

    ( ) ( )



    = 1

    a b a b a b

    a b

    a ab b a b

    a ab b a b

    2 2

    2 2

    2 2 2

    2 2 2



    = + ++ + = + + =

    ( )( )

    ( )

    ( )

    Difference of two squares

    is prime. Sum of two squares

    Square of a sum

    Square of a difference


  • if x = 0, x1/n = 0. if x < 0, x1/n is not a real number.


    Even roots of negative numbersare not real numbers.

    Example 1.18: (a) 161/4 = 2; (b) 161/4 = (16)1/4 = 2; (c) ( 16)1/4is not a real number; (d ) ( 8)1/3 = 2

    xm/n is defined by: xm/n = (x1/n)m = (xm)1/n, provided x1/n is real.

    Example 1.19: (a) , (b) ( 64)5/6 is nota real number.

    Laws of exponents for a and b rational nu


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