James Stewart, the author of the worldwide best-selling calculus texts, along with two of his former Ph.D. students, Lothar Redlin and Saleem Watson, collaborated in writing this book to address a problem they frequently saw in their calculus courses. Many students were not prepared to "think mathematically" but attempted to memorize facts and mimic examples. ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY was designed specifically to help readers learn to think mathematically and to develop true problem-solving skills. Patient, clear, and accurate, the text consistently illustrates how useful and applicable mathematics is to real life. The new book follows the successful approach taken in the authors' previous books, COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Third Edition, and PRECALCULUS, Third Edition.
The authors of this college-level text work from the premise that conceptual understanding and technical skills are inextricable. They emphasize a view of mathematics as a problem-solving art (rather than a collection of facts) that will help students succeed not only in subsequent math and science courses, but in the increasingly technology-oriented career world as well. Based on their own experiences in teaching algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus, they include elements such as progressive exercise sets, projects that students can work on alone or in groups, vignettes about interesting mathematicians and uses of math, and examples of real-world applications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Stewart is currently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field is harmonic analysis. Stewart is the author of a best-selling calculus textbook series published by Cengage Learning Brooks/Cole, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts.
Lothar Redlin grew up on Vancouver Island, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1978. He subsequently did research and taught at the University of Washington, the University of Waterloo, and California State University, Long Beach. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus. His research field is topology.
Saleem Watson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Andrews University in Michigan. He did graduate studies at Dalhousie University and McMaster University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. He subsequently did research at the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warsaw in Poland. He also taught at The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. His research field is functional analysis.
1. Basic Algebra. 2. Coordinates and Graphs. 3. Equations and Inequalities. 4. Functions. 5. Polynomial and Rational Functions. 6. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. 7. Trigonometric Functions of Angles. 8. Trigonometric Functions of Real Numbers. 9. Analytic Trigonometry. 10. Systems of Equations and Inequalities. 11. Topic in Analytic Geometry. 12. Sequences and Series. 13. Counting and Probability. Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises and Chapter Tests. Index.