Get ahead in pre-calculus
Pre-calculus courses have become increasingly popular with 35 percent of students in the U.S. taking the course in middle or high school. Often, completion of such a course is a prerequisite for calculus and other upper level mathematics courses.
Pre-Calculus For Dummies is an invaluable resource for students enrolled in pre-calculus courses. By presenting the essential topics in a clear and concise manner, the book helps students improve their understanding of pre-calculus and become prepared for upper level math courses.
- Provides fundamental information in an approachable manner
- Includes fresh example problems
- Practical explanations mirror today’s teaching methods
- Offers relevant cultural references
Whether used as a classroom aid or as a refresher in preparation for an introductory calculus course, this book is one you’ll want to have on hand to perform your very best.
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About the Author
Mary Jane Sterling aught algebra, business calculus, geometry, and finite mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois for more than 30 years. She is the author of several For Dummies books, including Algebra Workbook For Dummies, Algebra II For Dummies, and Algebra II Workbook For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Set It Up, Solve It, Graph It 7
Chapter 1: Pre-Pre-Calculus 9
Chapter 2: Playing with Real Numbers 21
Chapter 3: The Building Blocks of Pre-Calc: Functions 33
Chapter 4: Digging Out and Using Roots to Graph PolynomialFunctions 67
Chapter 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 97
Part II: The Essentials of Trigonometry 117
Chapter 6: Circling in on Angles 119
Chapter 7: Simplifying the Graphing and Transformation of TrigFunctions 149
Chapter 8: Identifying with Trig Identities: The Basics 181
Chapter 9: Advanced Identities: Your Keys to Pre-Calc Success201
Chapter 10: Taking Charge of Oblique Triangles with the Laws ofSines and Cosines 223
Part III: Analytic Geometry and System Solving 243
Chapter 11: Plane Thinking: Complex Numbers and PolarCoordinates 245
Chapter 12: Slicing Cones or Measuring the Path of a Comet— with Confidence 261
Chapter 13: Streamlining Systems, Managing Variables 291
Chapter 14: Sequences, Series, and Expanding Binomials for theReal World 325
Chapter 15: Scouting the Road Ahead to Calculus 349
Part IV: The Part of Tens 363
Chapter 16: Ten Habits to Develop as You Prepare for Calculus365
Chapter 17: Ten Habits to Quit Before Calculus 373
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book for Precalc cause I was failing and when I studied with this book I improved a whole lot. This book is not vague, it's really transparent. This book answered questions I had that my textbook in math could not answer.