Pre-Calculus For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 26, 2012 - Mathematics - 394 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
Set It Up Solve It Graph It 7
3
Set It Up Solve It Graph It 7
9
Playing with Real Numbers
21
The Building Blocks of PreCalc Functions
33
Digging Out and Using Roots to Graph
67
Playing with Real Numbers 21 Chapter 3 The Building Blocks of PreCalc Functions 33 Chapter 4 Digging Out and Using Roots to Graph Polynomial...
97
The Essentials of Trigonometry
117
Advanced Identities Your Keys to PreCalc Success
201
Circling in on Angles 119 Chapter 7 Simplifying the Graphing and Transformation of Trig Functions 149 Chapter 8 Identifying with Trig Identities ...
223
Analytic Geometry and System Solving
243
Analytic Geometry and System Solving
246
Plane Thinking Complex Numbers and Polar Coordinates 245 Chapter 12 Slicing Cones or Measuring the Path
261
Streamlining Systems Managing Variables
291
Sequences Series and Expanding Binomials
325
Streamlining Systems Managing Variables 291 Chapter 14 Sequences Series and Expanding Binomials for the Real World 325 Chapter 15 Scouting t...
363

The Essentials of Trigonometry
120
When the Circle Is Put in Motion 146 Chapter 7 Simplifying the Graphing and Transformation
149
Identifying with Trig Identities The Basics
181

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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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