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A Graphical Approach to Precalculus with Limits: A Unit Circle Approach illustrates how the graph of a function can be used to support the solutions of equations and inequalities involving the function. Beginning with linear functions in Chapter 1, the text uses a four-part process to analyze each type of function, starting first with the graph of the function, then the equation, the associated inequality of that equation, and ending with applications. The text covers all of the topics typically caught in a college algebra course, but with an organization that fosters students’ understanding of the interrelationships among graphs, equations, and inequalities.


With the Fifth Edition, the text continues to evolve as it addresses the changing needs of today’s students. Included are additional components to build skills, address critical thinking, solve applications, and apply technology to support traditional algebraic solutions, while maintaining its unique table of contents and functions-based approach. A Graphical Approach to Precalculus with Limits: A Unit Circle Approach continues to incorporate an open design, with helpful features and careful explanations of topics.


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About the Author

John Hornsby : When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics, education, or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and fifteen years of writing mathematics textbooks, all three of his goals have been realized; his love for teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum.


John’s personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh). He has been a rabid baseball fan all of his life. John's other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


Marge Lial has always been interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is now affiliated with American River College.


Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.


Gary Rockswold has been teaching mathematics for 33 years at all levels from seventh grade to graduate school, including junior high and high school students, talented youth, vocational, undergraduate, and graduate students, and adult education classes. He is currently employed at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he is a full professor of mathematics. He graduated with majors in mathematics and physics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Iowa State University. He has an interdisciplinary background and has also taught physical science, astronomy, and computer science. Outside of mathematics, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities 

1.1  Real Numbers and the Rectangular Coordinate System

1.2  Introduction to Relations and Functions

Reviewing Basic Concepts

1.3  Linear Functions

1.4  Equations of Lines and Linear Models

Reviewing Basic Concepts

1.5  Linear Equations and Inequalities

1.6  Applications of Linear Functions 

Reviewing Basic Concepts


Review Exercises



Chapter 2  Analysis of Graphs of Functions

2.1  Graphs of Basic Functions and Relations; Symmetry

2.2  Vertical and Horizontal Shifts of Graphs        

2.3  Stretching, Shrinking, and Reflecting Graphs

Reviewing Basic Concepts

2.4  Absolute Value Functions

2.5  Piecewise-Defined Functions

2.6  Operations and Composition

Reviewing Basic Concepts



Review Exercises




Chapter 3  Polynomial Functions

3.1  Complex Numbers

3.2  Quadratic Functions and Graphs

3.3  Quadratic Equations and Inequalities

Reviewing Basic Concepts

3.4  Further Applications of Quadratic Functions and Models

3.5  Higher-Degree Polynomial Functions and Graphs

Reviewing Basic Concepts

3.6  Topics in the Theory of Polynomial Functions (I)

3.7  Topics in the Theory of Polynomial Functions (II)

3.8  Polynomial Equations and Inequalities;  Further Applications and Models

Reviewing Basic Concepts



Review Exercises



Chapter 4  Rational, Power, and Root Functions

4.1  Rational Functions and Graphs

4.2  More on Rational Functions and Graphs

4.3  Rational Equations, Inequalities, Models, and Applications

Reviewing Basic Concepts

4.4  Functions Defined by Powers and Roots

4.5  Equations, Inequalities, and Applications Involving Root Functions

Reviewing Basic Concepts



Review Exercises



Chapter 5  Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions

5.1  Inverse Functions

5.2  Exponential Functions

5.3  Logarithms and Their Properties

Reviewing Basic Concepts

5.4  Logarithmic Functions

5.5  Exponential and Logarithmic Equations and Inequalities

Reviewing Basic Concepts

5.6  Further Applications and Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions



Review Exercises



Chapter 6  Analytic Geometry

6.1  Circles and Parabolas

6.2  Ellipses and Hyperbolas

Reviewing Basic Concepts

6.3  Summary of Conic Sections

6.4  Parametric Equations 

Reviewing Basic Concepts



Review Exercises         



Chapter 7  Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Matrices

7.1  Systems of Equations

7.2  Solution of Linear Systems in Three Variables

7.3  Solution of Linear Systems by Row Transformations

Reviewing Basic Concepts

7.4  Matrix Properties and Operations

7.5  Determinants and Cramer’s Rule

7.6  Solution of Linear Systems by Matrix Inverses

Reviewing Basic Concepts

7.7  Systems of Inequalities and Linear Programming

7.8  Partial Fractions

Reviewing Basic Concepts



Review Exercises         



Chapter 8 The Unit Circle and the Functions of Trigonometry

8.1 Angles, Arcs, and Their Measures

8.2 The Unit Circle and Its Functions

Reviewing Basic Concepts

8.3 Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions      

Periodic Functions

8.4 Graphs of the Other Circular Functions

8.5 Functions of Angles and Fundamental Identities

8.6 Evaluating Trigonometric Functions

Definitions of the Trigonometric Functions

8.7 Applications of Right Triangles

8.8 Harmonic Motion

Reviewing Basic Concepts


Review Exercises



Chapter 9 Trigonometric Identities and Equations

9.1 Trigonometric Identities

9.2 Sum and Difference Identities

Reviewing Basic Concepts

9.3 Further Identities     

9.4 The Inverse Circular Functions

Reviewing Basic Concepts

9.5 Trigonometric Equations and Inequalities (I)

9.6 Trigonometric Equations and Inequalities (II)


Review Exercises



Chapter 10  Applications of Trigonometry and Vectors

10.1 The Law of Sines

10.2 The Law of Cosines and Area Formulas     

10.3 Vectors and Their Applications      

Reviewing Basic Concepts

10.4 Trigonometric (Polar) Form of Complex Numbers

10.5 Powers and Roots of Complex Numbers

Reviewing Basic Concepts

10.6 Polar Equations and Graphs

10.7 More Parametric Equations

Reviewing Basic Concepts


Review Exercises



Chapter 11 Further Topics in Algebra

11.1  Sequences and Series

11.2  Arithmetic Sequences and Series

11.3  Geometric Sequences and Series

11.4  The Binomial Theorem

11.5  Mathematical Induction

11.6  Counting Theory

11.7  Probability


Chapter 12  Limits, Derivatives, and Definite Integrals

12.1  An Introduction to Limits

12.2  Techniques for Calculating Limits

12.3  One-Sided Limits; Limits Involving Infinity

12.4  Tangent Lines and Derivatives

12.5  Area and the Definite Integral


Chapter R  Reference:  Basic Algebraic Concepts

R.1  Review of Exponents and Polynomials

R.2  Review of Factoring

R.3  Review of Rational Expressions

R.4  Review of Negative and Rational Exponents

R.5  Review of Radicals

Chapter R Test


Appendix Geometry Formulas

Answers to Selected Exercises


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A Unit Circle Approach, a La Carte Plus MyMathLab -- Access Card Package
Lial, Margaret
Hornsby, John
Rockswold, Gary K.
Lial, Margaret L.
Hornsby, John K.
Hornsby, John E.
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