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# Precalculus : Mathematics for Calculus

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This best selling author team explains concepts simply and clearly, without glossing over difficult points. Problem solving and mathematical modeling are introduced early and reinforced throughout, providing students with a solid foundation in the principles of mathematical thinking. Comprehensive and evenly paced, the book provides complete coverage of the function concept, and integrates a significant amount of graphing calculator material to help students develop insight into mathematical ideas. The authors' attention to detail and clarity, the same as found in James Stewart's market-leading Calculus text, is what makes this text the market leader.

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- Paperback | 1008 pages
- 214 x 290 x 34mm | 1,941.37g
- 09 May 2011
- Cengage Learning, Inc
- BROOKS/COLE
- CA, United States
- English
- International ed of 6th revised ed
- col. Illustrations
- 0840068867
- 9780840068866
- 709,142

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Prologue: Principles of Problem Solving. 1. FUNDAMENTALS. Chapter Overview. Real Numbers. Exponents and Radicals. Algebraic Expressions. Fractional Expressions. Equations. Modeling with Equations. Inequalities. Coordinate Geometry. Solving Equations and Inequalities Graphically. Lines. Modeling Variation. 2. FUNCTIONS. Chapter Overview. What Is a Function?. Graphs of Functions. Getting Information from the Graph of a Function. Average Rate of Change of a Function. Transformations of Functions. Combining Functions. One-to-One Functions and Their Inverses. Chapter 2 Review. Chapter 2 Test. Focus on Modeling: Functions as Models. 3. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS. Chapter Overview. Quadratic Functions and Models. Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs. Dividing Polynomials. Real Zeros of Polynomials. Complex Numbers. Complex Zeros and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Rational Functions. Chapter 3 Review. Chapter 3 Test. Focus on Modeling: Fitting Polynomial Curves to Data. 4. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Chapter Overview. Exponential Functions. The Natural Exponential Function. Logarithmic Functions. Laws of Logarithms. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations. Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Chapter 4 Review. Chapter 4 Test. Focus on Modeling: Fitting Exponential and Power Curves to Data. Cumulative Review Test: Chapters 2, 3, and 4. 5. TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS: UNIT CIRCLE APPROACH. Chapter Overview. The Unit Circle. Trigonometric Functions of Real Numbers. Trigonometric Graphs. More Trigonometric Graphs. Inverse Trigonometric Functions and Their Graphs. Modeling Harmonic Motion. Chapter 5 Review. Chapter 5 Test. Focus on Modeling: Fitting Sinusoidal Curves to Data. 6. TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS: RIGHT TRIANGLE APPROACH. Chapter Overview. Angle Measure. Trigonometry of Right Triangles. Trigonometric Functions of Angles. Inverse Trigonometric Functions and Triangles. The Law of Sines. The Law of Cosines. Chapter 6 Review. Chapter 6 Test. Focus on Modeling: Surveying. 7. ANALYTIC TRIGONOMETRY. Chapter Overview. Trigonometric Identities. Addition and Subtraction Formulas. Double-Angle, Half-Angle, and Sum-Product Identities. Basic Trigonometric Equations. More Trigonometric Equations. Chapter 7 Review. Chapter 7 Test. Focus on Modeling: Traveling and Standing Waves. Cumulative Review Test: Chapters 5, 6, and 7. 8. POLAR COORDINATES AND PARAMETRIC EQUATIONS. Chapter Overview. Polar Coordinates. Graphs of Polar Equations. Polar Form of Complex Numbers; DeMoivre's Theorem. Plane Curves and Parametric Equations. Chapter 8 Review. Chapter 8 Test. Focus on Modeling: The Path of a Projectile. 9. VECTORS IN TWO AND THREE DIMENSIONS. Chapter Overview. Vectors in Two Dimensions. The Dot Product. Three -Dimensional Coordinate Geometry. Vectors in Three Dimensions. The Cross Product. Equations of Lines and Planes. Chapter 9 Review. Chapter 9 Test. Focus on Modeling: Vector Fields. Cumulative Review Test: Chapters 8 and 9. 10. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES. Chapter Overview. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables. Systems of Linear Equations in Several Variables. Systems of Linear Equations: Matrices. The Algebra of Matrices. Inverses of Matrices and Matrix Equations. Determinants and Cramer's Rule. Partial Fractions. Systems of Non-Linear Equations. Systems of Inequalities. Chapter 10 Review. Chapter 10 Test. Focus on Modeling: Linear Programming. 11. ANALYTIC GEOMETRY. Overview. Parabolas. Ellipses. Hyperbolas. Shifted Conics. Rotation of Axes. Polar Equations of Conics. Chapter 11 Review. Chapter 11 Test. Focus on Modeling: Conics in Architecture. Cumulative Review Test: Chapters 10 and 11. 12. SEQUENCES AND SERIES. Chapter Overview. Sequences and Summation Notation. Arithmetic Sequences. Geometric Sequences. Mathematics of Finance. Mathematical Induction. The Binomial Theorem. Chapter 12 Review. Chapter 12 Test. Focus on Modeling: Difference Equations. 13. LIMITS: A PREVIEW OF CALCULUS. Chapter Overview. Finding Limits Numerically and Graphically. Finding Limits Algebraically. Tangent Lines and Derivatives. Limits at Infinity: Limits of Sequences. Areas. Chapter 13 Review. Chapter 13 Test. APPENDIX: Calculators and Calculations.

show more## About James Stewart

The late James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Stewart was most recently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field was harmonic analysis. Stewart was the author of a best-selling calculus textbook series published by Cengage Learning, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts. Lothar Redlin grew up on Vancouver Island, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1978. He subsequently did research and taught at the University of Washington, the University of Waterloo, and California State University, Long Beach. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus. His research field is topology. Saleem Watson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Andrews University in Michigan. He did graduate studies at Dalhousie University and McMaster University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. He subsequently did research at the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warsaw in Poland. He also taught at The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. His research field is functional analysis.

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