Algebra for College Students, 9th Edition © 2020

Algebra for College Students, published by Pearson, serves the needs of developmental math students through a combination of skills development and conceptual questions. The teacherly writing style helps make concepts easier to understand and apply later.

  • Updated Video Program
  • New Integrated Review
  • Updated Study Skills Support

College-Level Algebra Program for High Schoolers with Digital Integration

Prepare high schoolers for success in upper-level math with an algebra curriculum designed for developmental learners.


Approachable Style

Algebra for College Students presents abstract mathematical concepts with a tone that invites students to explore, discover, and understand.

Building Good Habits

The Guided Notebooks included in the course materials help students organize their thinking and track their progress. Over time, they will gain a habit that can help them in future classes.


Helping Underprepared Students

Discovering students’ current abilities is integral to the program. Personalized homework and learning aids help them practice prerequisite skills so everyone in class is on the same page.


Technological Advantage

Through the Pearson MyMathLab® for School platform, teachers can make full use of the technology available to them. They have the option of blended instruction or a 100% digital solution.

Algebra for College Students Teaching Solutions

  • Balance Skills and Concepts for Developmental Students
  • Support for Every Classroom Type
  • Options for Underprepared Students
  • Author Tips
    Examples with pointers provide tips from the authors for on-the-spot notes and cautions about common pitfalls.
  • Now Try Exercises
    Now Try exercises are included as a parallel margin exercise for each numbered example. These exercises immediately apply and reinforce the concepts and skills presented in corresponding examples.
  • Concept Check Exercises
    Concept Check Exercises facilitate students’ conceptual understanding at the start of exercise sets and often emphasize new vocabulary.
  • What Went Wrong Exercises
    What Went Wrong exercises ask students to determine an error in a worked problem. These ensure they understand common mistakes and realize why those errors are incorrect through an application of higher-order critical thinking.
  • Relating Concepts Exercises
    Relating Concepts exercises tie topics together and highlight the relationships among various concepts and skills.
  • Summary Exercises
    Summary Exercises are carefully placed in every chapter to provide students with mixed review problems to help them master topics.
  • Test Your Word Power
    Test Your Word Power exercises in each Chapter Summary help students master mathematical vocabulary, often a hurdle at this level.
  • Section Lecture Program
    An updated section lecture program covers every section of the text. The majority of these videos have been re-filmed for a visually modern presentation style.
  • Lial Video Program
    The Lial video program provides video types for every need, including shorter solutions clips, Chapter Test Prep videos, and Quick Review section summary videos.
  • Video Closed Captioning
    All videos include English and Spanish closed captioning, so teachers can meet the needs of a greater number of students.
  • Guided Notebook
    A Guided Notebook helps students organize notes as they work through the course to establish a good habit while emphasizing the importance of writing down and keeping mathematical work. The Notebook also includes Guided Examples with Now Try exercises, extra practice, and key vocabulary with vocab practice for every section in the text.
  • Integrated Review
    Integrated Review provides embedded and personalized review of prerequisite topics with relevant chapters. Students can check their skills and practice the topics they need to focus on. Worksheets and videos are available as additional study aids.
  • Learning Catalytics
    Learning Catalytics questions have been premade for every section of the text, covering prerequisite skills students should be caught up on before starting a section. The feature’s interactive component lets students use computers, smartphones, tablets, or laptops to answer the questions. Teachers receive responses and data in real time.
  • Study Skills Activities
    Updated Study Skills activities provide helpful information, tips, and strategies on a variety of essential skills and include ways for students to try and figure out the strategy on their own. Study Skills Reminders throughout the text call students’ attention to the strategies to ensure students incorporate them throughout the whole course.
  • Skill Builder Assignments
    Skill Builder assignments in MyMathLab for School offer adaptive practice designed to increase students’ abilities to complete their assignments. Skill Builder monitors performance and delivers just-in-time, in-assignment practice to help them improve proficiency in key areas.
  • Mindset Module
    A new Mindset module is available, with mindset-focused videos and exercises that encourage students to maintain a positive attitude about learning, value their own ability to grow, and view mistakes as a learning opportunity.

Empower Your Math Students with the MyMathLab® Platform from Pearson


MyMathLab® for School from Pearson offers students and teachers easy-to-use tools through an online platform that improves performance throughout the class.

More About Algebra for College Students

  • Marge Lial Author Bio
    Marge Lial (late) was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge’s intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from California State University at Sacramento, was affiliated with American River College. An avid reader and traveler, her travel experiences often found their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. Her interest in archeology led to trips at various digs and ruin sites, producing some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.
  • John Hornsby Author Bio
    When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics education or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and fifteen years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for both teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum. John’s personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh), and has been an avid baseball fan all of his life. John’s other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorder works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
  • Terry McGinnis Author Bio
    A native Midwesterner, Terry McGinnis received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Iowa State University. She has taught elementary and middle school mathematics, and developed and implemented the curriculum used with her students. Terry has been involved in college mathematics publishing for over 20 years, working with a variety of authors on textbooks in both developmental mathematics and precalculus. After working behind the scenes on many of the Lial/Hornsby textbooks and supplements for over 10 years, Terry joined Margaret Lial and John Hornsby in 2002 as coauthor of their developmental mathematics series. When not working, Terry enjoys spinning at a local health club, walking, and reading fiction. She is the devoted mother of two sons, Andrew and Tyler.
  • Callie Daniels Author Bio
    Callie Daniels has always had a passion for learning mathematics and brings that passion into the classroom with her students. She attended the University of the Ozarks where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. She has two master’s degrees: one in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, the second in Adult Education from the University of Missouri-St.Louis. Her professional interests include improving success in the community college mathematics sequence, using technology to enhance students’ understanding of mathematics, and creating materials that support classroom teaching and student understanding. She is able to pursue these interests as a contributor on the Lial Developmental Math series and a co-author on the Precalculus series.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Review of the Real Number System
    2. Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Applications
    3. Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions
    4. Systems of Linear Equations
    5. Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions
    6. Factoring
    7. Rational Expressions and Functions
    8. Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions
    9. Quadratic Equations and Inequalities
    10. Additional Graphs of Functions and Relations
    11. Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions
    12. Polynomial and Rational Functions
    13. Conic Sections and Nonlinear Systems
    14. Further Topics in Algebra

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