Algebra & Geometry: An Introduction to University Mathematics (Hardcover)

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Algebra & Geometry: An Introduction to University Mathematics, Second Edition provides a bridge between high school and undergraduate mathematics courses on algebra and geometry. The author shows students how mathematics is more than a collection of methods by presenting important ideas and their historical origins throughout the text. He incorporates a hands-on approach to proofs and connects algebra and geometry to various applications.

The text focuses on linear equations, polynomial equations, and quadratic forms. The first few chapters cover foundational topics, including the importance of proofs and a discussion of the properties commonly encountered when studying algebra. The remaining chapters form the mathematical core of the book. These chapters explain the solutions of different kinds of algebraic equations, the nature of the solutions, and the interplay between geometry and algebra.

New to the second edition

Several updated chapters, plus an all-new chapter discussing the construction of the real numbers by means of approximations by rational numbers Includes fifteen short 'essays' that are accessible to undergraduate readers, but which direct interested students to more advanced developments of the material Expanded references Contains chapter exercises with solutions provided online at

About the Author

Mark V. Lawson is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University. Prof. Lawson has published more than 70 papers and has given seminars on his research work both at home and abroad. His research interests focus on algebraic semigroup theory and its applications. In 2017, he was awarded the Mahoney-Neumann-Room prize by the Australian Mathematical Society for one of his papers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780367565084
ISBN-10: 0367565080
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2021
Pages: 424
Language: English