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Pre-Calculus Workbook For Dummies

Pre-Calculus Workbook For Dummies

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By (author) Yang Kuang, By (author) Michelle Rose Gilman

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 254mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470923229
  • ISBN 13: 9780470923221
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 226,080

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Get the confidence and math skills you need to get started with calculusAre 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 courseworkWith 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.

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Yang Kuang, PhD, is a professor of mathematics at Arizona State University. Michelle Rose Gilman is the co-author of Pre-Calculus For Dummies.

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Get the confidence and skills you need to get started with calculusAre you confused by calculus? This hands-on workbook helps you master the skills needed to excel in pre-calculus and conquer the next contender -- calculus. 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.100s of ProblemsDetailed, fully worked-out solutions to problemsThe inside scoop on analyzing and interpreting dataA wealth of tips, tricks, and warningsHow to guesstimate with confidenceScore your highest in pre-calculus with trusted strategiesMaster all the essential topicsTest your skills with practical exercises

Table of contents

Part I: Setting the Foundation: The Nuts and Bolts of Pre-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, and Graphs 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 Your Limits 195 Chapter 11: Exploring Complex Numbers and Polar Coordinates 197 Chapter 12: Conquering Conic Sections 213 Chapter 13: Finding Solutions for Systems of Equations 245 Chapter 14: Spotting Patterns in Sequences, Series, and Binomials 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 Index 315