**Bob Blitzer** is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob is most energized by teaching mathematics and has taught a variety of mathematics courses at Miami-Dade College for nearly 30 years. He has received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College, and was among the first group of recipients at Miami-Dade College for an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. Bob has written *Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Algebra for College Students, Thinking Mathematically, College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry*, *Precalculus*, and Trigonometry all published by Pearson.

Reviewers:

#If you have ever used other math books or you're not a math person, you will be happy with Blitzer math textbooks. Out of all the math books I've used, Blitzer's tend to be the best. They are clear, concise, and show plenty of examples, which is something students tend to want above all else in a math book. Many textbooks tend to show only one or two examples per section or task. Blitzer's books show many. This book will do you justice if you're required to have it for a college algebra and/or trigonometry class.

Please note that this package COMES WITH MYMATHLAB, as stated above. Do NOT buy it separately if you buy this product; the code comes with this. Amazon is offering another version that is just the textbook. DO NOT BUY THAT if you need MML. Currently, if your professor requires MML, this product is the best option. Do not buy the textbook and MML separately, unless you can get a used book for cheap (ie under 120ish), because it will not be worth it.

#I am learning a lot from this book, though I'm getting my information first from the "MyMathLab" student access website first, then using the book when I don't clearly understand something I saw in the app.

My only complaint is that the looseleaf version of the book is awkward to keep in pristine condition, because there are so many pages. Even when I put one chapter into a separate three-ring binder, some of the pages bend near the rings. I guess I need some of those curved plastic protectors I vaguely remember from my youth.