I have taught College Algebra several times and will teach it again in the next semester. College Algebra, according to the catalogue of my college, is described as follows:
This course provides students an opportunity to gain algebraic knowledge needed in many different fields such as engineering, business, education, science, computer technology, and mathematics. Graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal methods support the study of functions and their corresponding equations and inequalities. Students will study linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, logarithmic, inverse, composite, radical, and absolute value functions; systems of equations and inequalities modeling applied problems; and curve fitting techniques. There will be extensive use of graphing calculators.
I have asked a related question a few years ago and here I would like to ask this question:
Is there a College Algebra book that was written by a world-class mathematician?
I am not sure if there is a universally accepted definition of "world-class mathematician" but let me give two examples here.
- I have used Israel Moiseevich Gelfand's Trigonometry for my trigonometry class. The author was the first laureate of the Wolf Prize in Mathematics.
- I have also used Frederick Mosteller's Beginning Statistics with Data Analysis for my Elementary Statistics class. The author was the founding chair of Harvard's statistics department.
I enjoyed these two books greatly and now I am hoping to find a College Algebra book that the author (or one of the authors) is a world-class mathematician. Of course, this book must be available for purchasing.