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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 coursework
With 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.
Synopsis
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 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
About the Author
Yang Kuang, PhD, is a professor of mathematics at Arizona State University.
Michelle Rose Gilman is the co-author of Pre-Calculus For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Setting the Foundation: The Nuts and Bolts of Pre-Calculus 5Chapter 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