Getting ready for calculus but still feel a bit confused? Have no fear. Pre-Calculus For Dummies is an un-intimidating, hands-on guide that walks you through all the essential topics, from absolute value and quadratic equations to logarithms and exponential functions to trig identities and matrix operations.
With this guide's help you'll quickly and painlessly get a handle on all of the concepts — not just the number crunching — and understand how to perform all pre-calc tasks, from graphing to tackling proofs. You'll also get a new appreciation for how these concepts are used in the real world, and find out that getting a decent grade in pre-calc isn't as impossible as you thought.
- Updated with fresh example equations and detailed explanations
- Tracks to a typical pre-calculus class
- Serves as an excellent supplement to classroom learning
If "the fun and easy way to learn pre-calc" seems like a contradiction, get ready for a wealth of surprises in Pre-Calculus For Dummies!
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Grasp the principles and concepts you need to score high in pre–calculus
Getting ready for calculus but feel confused? Have no fear! This un–intimidating guide walks you through all the essential topics, from absolute value and quadratic equations to logarithms and exponential functions to trig identities and matrix operations. You′ll understand the concepts — not just the number crunching — and see how to perform all the tasks you need to score high at exam time.
Pre–calculus 101 — get a review of the Algebra II you need to know, real numbers, and how to graph, solve, and perform operations with functions
What′s your angle? — take a tour of the essentials of trigonometry, from angles, right triangles, and trig ratios to graphing the parent graph of the six basic trig functions
Keep it simple — discover how to simplify trig expressions and solve for an unknown variable using formulas and identities (and solve triangles that aren′t right triangles using Law of Sines and Law of Cosines)
Not just plane thinking — delve into analytic geometry and system solving with the understanding of complex numbers, polar–coordinate graphing, conics, systems of equations, sequences, and more
Open the book and find:
An overview of pre–calculus
Tips on graphing trig functions like a pro
How to apply the major theorems and formulas
The lowdown on analytic geometry
Guidance on identifying limits and continuity
The 4–1–1 on working with a graphing calculator
The laws for solving oblique triangles
Everything you need to prepare for calculus
Grasp essential pre–calculus topics
Apply the major theorems and formulas
Tackle proofs with confidence and ease