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Trigonometry for Dummiesby Mary Jane Sterling
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Your guide to getting an angle on sines, cosines, and tangents Confused by cosines? Perplexed by polynomials? Don’t worry! This friendly guide takes the torture out of trigonometry by explaining everything in plain English, offering lots of easytograsp examples, and adding a dash of humor and fun. You’ll see the ways trig applies to everyday life, and how it’s an important tool for a variety of careers.
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Synopsis:A plainEnglish guide to the basics of trig
Trigonometry deals with the relationship between the sides and angles of triangles... mostly right triangles. In practical use, trigonometry is a friend to astronomers who use triangulation to measure the distance between stars. Trig also has applications in fields as broad as financial analysis, music theory, biology, medical imaging, cryptology, game development, and seismology. From sines and cosines to logarithms, conic sections, and polynomials, this friendly guide takes the torture out of trigonometry, explaining basic concepts in plain English and offering lots of easytograsp example problems. It also explains the "why" of trigonometry, using realworld examples that illustrate the value of trigonometry in a variety of careers.
Trigonometry For Dummies is for any student who needs an introduction to, or better understanding of, highschool to collegelevel trigonometry. About the AuthorMary Jane Sterling is the author of Algebra I For Dummies and many other For Dummies titles. She has been teaching mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 30 years and has loved working with future business executives, physical therapists, teachers, and many others.
Table of ContentsIntroduction 1
Part I: Getting Started with Trigonometry 5 Chapter 1: Trouncing Trig Technicalities 7 Chapter 2: Coordinating Your Effor ts with Car tesian Coordinates 29 Chapter 3: Functioning Well 47 Chapter 4: Getting Your Degree 57 Chapter 5: Dishing Out the Pi: Radians 67 Chapter 6: Getting It Right with Triangles 81 Part II: Trigonometric Functions 91 Chapter 7: Doing Right by Trig Functions 93 Chapter 8: Trading Triangles for Circles: Circular Functions 109 Chapter 9: Defining Trig Functions Globally 121 Chapter 10: Applying Yourself to Trig Functions 135 Part III: Identities 155 Chapter 11: Identifying Basic Identities 157 Chapter 12: Operating on Identities 171 Chapter 13: Proving Identities: The Basics 189 Chapter 14: Sleuthing Out Identity Solutions 207 Part IV: Equations and Applications 223 Chapter 15: Investigating Inverse Trig Functions 225 Chapter 16: Making Inverse Trig Work for You 233 Chapter 17: Solving Trig Equations 243 Chapter 18: Obeying the Laws 265 Part V: The Graphs of Trig Functions 289 Chapter 19: Graphing Sine and Cosine 291 Chapter 20: Graphing Tangent and Cotangent 307 Chapter 21: Graphing Other Trig Functions 317 Chapter 22: Topping Off Trig Graphs 329 Part VI: The Part of Tens 343 Chapter 23: Ten Basic Identities . . . Plus Some Bonuses 345 Chapter 24: Ten NotSoBasic Identities 349 Appendix: Trig Functions Table 353 Index 357 What Our Readers Are SayingBe the first to add a comment for a chance to win!Product Details
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