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: 272,521

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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 calculus Are 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 Problems Detailed, fully worked-out solutions to problems The inside scoop on analyzing and interpreting data A wealth of tips, tricks, and warnings How to guesstimate with confidence Score your highest in pre-calculus with trusted strategies Master all the essential topics Test 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