Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell: Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry

Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell: Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry

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by George F. Simmons
     
 

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Geometry is a very beautiful subject whose qualities of elegance, order, and certainty have exerted a powerful attraction on the human mind for many centuries. . . Algebra's importance lies in the student's future. . . as essential preparation for the serious study of science, engineering, economics, or for more advanced types of mathematics. . . The primary

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Geometry is a very beautiful subject whose qualities of elegance, order, and certainty have exerted a powerful attraction on the human mind for many centuries. . . Algebra's importance lies in the student's future. . . as essential preparation for the serious study of science, engineering, economics, or for more advanced types of mathematics. . . The primary importance of trigonometry is not in its applications to surveying and navigation, or in making computations about triangles, but rather in the mathematical description of vibrations, rotations, and periodic phenomena of all kinds, including light, sound, alternating currents, and the orbits of the planets around the sun. In this brief, clearly written book, the essentials of geometry, algebra, and trigonometry are pulled together into three complementary and convenient small packages, providing an excellent preview and review for anyone who wishes to prepare to master calculus with a minimum of misunderstanding and wasted time and effort. Students and other readers will find here all they need to pull them through.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592441303
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
302,569
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

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George Simmons received his undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology and his graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and Yale University. His previous books include 'Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis' (1962) and 'Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes' (1972). 'Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell' was written after many years of teaching calculus courses convinced the author that a clearly focused, brief review of high school mathematics should be available — one which highlights the important ideas of geometry, algebra, and trigonometry and makes them easy to understand and remember.

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Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell: Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DanGA More than 1 year ago
Although the book is older, it provided me with the "most important" ideas and information regarding pre-calculus.
redwingsLM More than 1 year ago
This book is very inadequate. The explanations are by no means clearly written and are very insufficient to solve many of the practice exercises.  The answer section does not explain how the solutions were achieved.  In fact some problems have no answer provided at all.  Perhaps useful for a quick review for those who recently studied these subjects in college, it is otherwise a waste of money.  It is not even sufficient as a reference book.  Very disappointed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a book to help guide you towards calculus this is it. Concise and straight to the point, this book will help you get the basics to tackle calculus. It's 120 pages, but by no means a quick read. There aren't any wasted words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for an excellent but succinct review of those topics needed before you enroll for elementary calculus, then this is the book for you. In a mere 118 pages, the author provides a very readable and clear survey of geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Numerous drawings and sketches are provided to assist the reader. Solutions are provided for all exercises. This is a no nonsense approach for the reader with a limited amount of time to prepare for calculus. Reader should also note that Professor Simmons has written a calculus text which was used at M.I.T. !
SLR_Enthusiast More than 1 year ago
This is a great refresher for anyone that has any background on these topics. It is written in such a clear way that it would also be an easy way to introduce anyone that has no background on these subjects.
Clair-de-lune More than 1 year ago
I didn't actually get this book, it was lost in the mail. I was very disappointed.