Functions Modeling Change: A Preparation for Calculus / Edition 3

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Overview

From the Calculus Consortium based at Harvard University, this comprehensible book prepares readers for the study of calculus, presenting families of functions as models for change. These materials stress conceptual understanding and multiple ways of representing mathematical ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470147696
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Series: Wiley Plus Products
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Connally is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents.
1 Functions and Change.
1.1 What is a Function?
1.2 Proportions and Rates.
1.3 Rate of Change.
Review Problems.
2 Linear Functions.
2.1 What Makes a Function Linear?
2.2 Formulas for Linear Functions.
2.3 Geometric Properties of Linear Functions.
2.4 Fitting Linear Functions to Data.
Review Problems.
3 Function Notation.
3.1 Input and Output.
3.2 Changes in Input and Output.
3.3 Domain and Range.
3.4 Piecewise Defined Functions.
Review Problems.
4 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
4.1 Introduction to the Family of Exponential Functions.
4.2 Comparing Exponential and Linear Functions.
4.3 Exponential Graphs and Concavity.
4.4 Logarithms and their Properties.
4.5 The Logarithmic Function.
4.6 Logarithms and Exponential Models.
4.7 Continuous Growth and the Number e.
4.8 Compound Interest.
4.9 Logarithmic Scales.
4.10 Fitting Curves to Data.
Review Problems.
5 Transformations of Functions and their Graphs.
5.1 Vertical and Horizontal Shifts.
5.2 Reflections and Symmetry.
5.3 Vertical Stretches and Compressions.
5.4 Horizontal Stretches and Compressions.
5.5 The Family of Quadratic Functions.
Review Problems.
6 Trigonometric Functions.
6.1 Introduction to Periodic Functions.
6.2 The Sine and Cosine Functions.
6.3 Radians.
6.4 Graphs of the Sine and Cosine.
6.5 Sinusoidal Functions.
6.6 Other Trigonometric Functions.
6.7 Inverse Trigonometric Functions.
Review Problems.
7 Trigonometry.
7.1 Right Triangles.
7.2 Non-Right Triangles: Laws of Sines and Cosines.
7.3 Trigonometric Identities.
7.4 Sum and Difference Formulasfor Sine and Cosine.
7.5 Trigonometric Models.
7.6 Polar Coordinates.
Review Problems.
8 Compositions, Inverses, and Combinations of Functions.
8.1 Composition of Functions.
8.2 Inverse Functions.
8.3 Combinations of Functions.
Review Problems.
9 Polynomial and Rational Functions.
9.1 Power Functions.
9.2 Comparing Power, Exponential, and Log Functions.
9.3 Polynomial Functions.
9.4 The Short-Run Behavior of Polynomials.
9.5 Rational Functions.
9.6 The Short-Run Behavior of Rational Functions.
Review Problems.
10 Vectors.
10.1 Vectors.
10.2 The Components of a Vector.
10.3 Application of Vectors.
10.4 The Dot Product.
Review Problems.
11 Other Ways of Defining Functions.
11.1 Defining Functions Using Sums.
11.2 Geometric Series.
11.3 Parametric Equations.
11.4 Implicitly Defined Curves and Conic Sections.
11.5 Complex Numbers and Polar Coordinates.
11.6 Hyperbolic Functions.
Review Problems.
Appendices.
A Exponents.
B Multiplying Algebraic Expressions.
C Factoring Algebraic Expressions.
D Working with Fractions.
E Changing the Form of Expressions.
F Solving Equations.
G Systems of Equations.
H Inequalities.
Answers to Odd Numbered Problems.
Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    Bad, Bad, Bad textbook

    This is one of the worst math books I've ever seen. Last semester, our pre-calc instructor passed-out old highschool math books for the college students to use rather than this book. She had no more old highschool books this semester, so they tried to use this book. Big mistake. Most of the class had dropped by midterms and few feel they're learning anything. The book does not cover topics in a sensible order, has few examples, has many mistakes (especially in the answers in the rear of the book) it's just the worst.

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