Pre-Calculus For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 21, 2012 - Mathematics - 408 pages
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The fun and easy way to learn pre-calculus

Getting ready for calculus but still feel a bit confused? Have no fear. Pre-Calculus For Dummies is an un-intimidating, hands-on guide that walks you through all the essential topics, from absolute value and quadratic equations to logarithms and exponential functions to trig identities and matrix operations.

With this guide's help you'll quickly and painlessly get a handle on all of the concepts — not just the number crunching — and understand how to perform all pre-calc tasks, from graphing to tackling proofs. You'll also get a new appreciation for how these concepts are used in the real world, and find out that getting a decent grade in pre-calc isn't as impossible as you thought.

  • Updated with fresh example equations and detailed explanations
  • Tracks to a typical pre-calculus class
  • Serves as an excellent supplement to classroom learning

If "the fun and easy way to learn pre-calc" seems like a contradiction, get ready for a wealth of surprises in Pre-Calculus For Dummies!


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Table of Contents
Where to Go from Here
When Math Follows
Get Yourself a Graphing Calculator
The Building Blocks of PreCalc Functions
Absolutevalue functions
Graphing Functions that Have More than
Grouping to factor four or more
Solving Unfactorable Polynomials with
Using Solutions to Find
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Getting a better handle
Base Jumping to Simplify and Solve
Word Problems
Making a sine

The numerator and denominator
Digging Out and Using Roots to Graph
Unwrapping the FOIL method
Inverse trig

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About the author (2012)

Yang Kuang, PhD, is a professor of mathematics at Arizona State University. He currently serves on the calculus committee where he and other members discuss what and how to teach calculus to students majoring in math and physical sciences. Elleyne Kase is a professional writer.

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