By Mark V. Lawson

Algebra & Geometry: An creation to college arithmetic offers a bridge among highschool and undergraduate arithmetic classes on algebra and geometry. the writer indicates scholars how arithmetic is greater than a suite of equipment via proposing vital rules and their historic origins during the textual content. He encompasses a hands-on method of proofs and connects algebra and geometry to varied functions. The textual content makes a speciality of linear equations, polynomial equations, and quadratic types. the 1st numerous chapters disguise foundational issues, together with the significance of proofs and houses generally encountered while learning algebra. the rest chapters shape the mathematical center of the ebook. those chapters clarify the answer of other types of algebraic equations, the character of the ideas, and the interaction among geometry and algebra

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This is not very helpful since it is defined in terms of what it is not rather than what it is. We want a more positive characterization. So we shall describe a better one. If you attempt to divide a number by 2 then there are two possibilities: either it goes exactly, in which case the number is even, or it goes so many times plus a remainder of 1, in which case the number is odd. It follows that a better way of defining an odd number n is one that can be written n=2m+1 for some natural number m.

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If (1) is true then we are led to the following two conclusions. From (2), the only natural number to divide both x and y is 1. From (7) and (12), 2 divides both x and y. This is a contradiction. Thus (1) cannot be true. Hence 2 cannot be written as an exact fraction. This result is phenomenal. It says that no matter how much money you spend on a computer it will never be able to calculate the exact value of 2, just a good approximation. We now make an important definition. A real number that is not rational is called irrational.