Get the confidence and math skills you need to get started with calculus
Are you preparing for calculus? This hands-on workbook helps you master basic pre-calculus concepts and practice the types of problems you'll encounter in the course. You'll get hundreds of valuable exercises, problem-solving shortcuts, plenty of workspace, and step-by-step solutions to every problem. You'll also memorize the most frequently used equations, see how to avoid common mistakes, understand tricky trig proofs, and much more. Pre-Calculus Workbook For Dummies is the perfect tool for anyone who wants or needs more review before jumping into a calculus class. You'll get guidance and practical exercises designed to help you acquire the skills needed to excel in pre-calculus and conquer the next contender-calculus.
- Serves as a course guide to help you master pre-calculus concepts
- Covers the inside scoop on quadratic equations, graphing functions, polynomials, and more
- Covers the types of problems you'll encounter in your coursework
With the help of Pre-Calculus Workbook For Dummies you'll learn how to solve a range of mathematical problems as well as sharpen your skills and improve your performance.
About the Author
Yang Kuang, PhD, is a professor of mathematics at ArizonaState University.
Michelle Rose Gilman is the co-author of Pre-CalculusFor Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Setting the Foundation: The Nuts and Bolts ofPre-Calculus 5
Chapter 1: Beginning at the Very Beginning:Pre-Pre-Calculus 7
Chapter 2: Real Numbers Come Clean 23
Chapter 3: Controlling Functions by Knowing Their Function 37
Chapter 4: Searching Roots to Get the Degree 69
Chapter 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 87
Part II: Trig Is the Key: Basic Review, the Unit Circle, andGraphs 103
Chapter 6: Basic Trigonometry and the Unit Circle 105
Chapter 7: Graphing and Transforming Trig Functions 127
Part III: Digging into Advanced Trig: Identities, Theorems,and Applications 143
Chapter 8: Basic Trig Identities 145
Chapter 9: Advanced Identities 161
Chapter 10: Solving Oblique Triangles 177
Part IV: Poles, Cones, Variables, Sequences, and Finding YourLimits 195
Chapter 11: Exploring Complex Numbers and PolarCoordinates 197
Chapter 12: Conquering Conic Sections 213
Chapter 13: Finding Solutions for Systems of Equations 245
Chapter 14: Spotting Patterns in Sequences, Series, andBinomials 277
Chapter 15: Previewing Calculus 289
Part V: The Part of Tens 301
Chapter 16: Ten Uses for Parent Graphs 303
Chapter 17: Ten Missteps to Avoid in Pre-Calculus 311
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