Precalculus / Edition 5

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Make the grade with PRECALCULUS and its accompanying technology! With a focus on teaching the essentials, this streamlined mathematics text provides you with the fundamentals necessary to be successful in this course—and your future calculus course. Exercises and examples are presented in the same way that you will encounter them in calculus, familiarizing you with concepts you'll use again, and preparing you to succeed. In-text study aids further help you master concepts.

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"The writing is clear and accessible for students…Concepts are developed through a series of carefully constructed illustrative examples which make transitions from precalculus to calculus smooth." "The text contains a wealth of the end-of-section and end-of-chapter exercises to provide students with opportunities to reinforce new concepts presented in the test. Skills development is appropriately balanced with concept development. Chapter Tests help students practice for the real thing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840068620
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Precalculus Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 553,319
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Douglas Faires, late of Youngstown State University, pursued mathematical interests in analysis, numerical analysis, mathematics history, and problem solving. Dr. Faires won numerous awards, including the Outstanding College-University Teacher of Mathematics by the Ohio Section of MAA and five Distinguished Faculty awards from Youngstown State University, which also awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Science award in 2006.

Jim DeFranza is a Professor of Mathematics at St. Lawrence University. His research interests are in analysis, sequence space theory and summability. He received his PhD from Kent State University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Functions. 1.1 Introduction. 1.2 The Real Line. 1.3 The Coordinate Plane. 1.4 Equations and Graphs. 1.5 Using Technology to Graph Functions. 1.6 Functions. 1.7 Linear Functions. 1.8 Quadratic Functions. Review Exercises. Exercises for Calculus. Chapter Test. Chapter 2 New Functions From Old. 2.1 Introduction. 2.2 Other Common Functions. 2.3 Arithmetic Combinations of Functions. 2.4 Composition of Functions. 2.5 Inverse Functions. Review Exercises. Exercises for Calculus. Chapter Test. Chapter 3 Algebraic Functions. 3.1 Introduction. 3.2 Polynomial Functions. 3.3 Finding Factors and Zeros of Polynomials. 3.4 Rational Functions. 3.5 Other Algebraic Functions. 3.6 Complex Roots of Polynomials. Review Exercises. Exercises for Calculus. Chapter Test. Chapter 4 Trigonometric Functions. 4.1 Introduction. 4.2 Measuring Angles. 4.3 Right-Triangle Trigonometry. 4.4 The Sine and Cosine Functions. 4.5 Graphs of the Since and Cosine Functions. 4.6 Other Trigonometric Functions. 4.7 Trigonometric Identities. 4.8 Inverse Trigonometric Functions. 4.9 Additional Trigonometric Applications. Review Exercises. Exercises for Calculus. Chapter Test. Chapter 5 Exponential and Logarithm Functions. 5.1 Introduction. 5.2 The Natural Exponential Function. 5.3 Logarithm Functions. 5.4 Exponential Growth and Decay. Review Exercises. Exercises for Calculus. Chapter Test. Chapter 6 Conic Sections, Polar Coordinates, and Parametric Equations. 6.1 Introduction. 6.2 Parabolas. 6.3 Ellipses. 6.4 Hyperbolas. 6.5 Polar Coordinates. 6.6 Conic Sections in Polar Coordinates. 6.7 Parametric Equations. Review Exercises. Exercises for Calculus . Chapter Test.

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