Williams offers a refreshing and innovative approach to college algebra: motivating the topics with a variety of applications and thoroughly integrating the graphing calculator. Written in a clear and friendly voice for students with weak algebra skills, this low to mid-level text teaches students to look at math from both algebraic and geometric viewpoints. Williams focuses on the underlying concepts, introducing and using the graphing calculator as an integral means, not an end. Through projects and group discussion, students learn to work collaboratively and communicate mathematically. New application examples and exercises from a variety of fields motivate the key ideas and show students why math is useful and powerful.