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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (15 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118168887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118168882
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Learn to: Grasp essential pre–calculus topics Apply the major theorems and formulas Tackle proofs with confidence and ease

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Yang Kuang , PhD, is a professor of mathematics at Arizona State University. He currently serves on the calculus committee where he and other members discuss what and how to teach calculus to students majoring in math and physical sciences. Elleyne Kase is a professional writer.

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By atm on 28 May 2013
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book arrived on time and in good condition. I bought it to refresh and to learn. it is a must have for those of us really interested in becoming alot better at math and eventually will pursue calculus
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Not as motivating as the Complete Idiots counterpart 23 Aug 2012
By M. Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my son, who needs to review Pre-Calculus. He had just finished The Complete Idiot's Guide to Precalculus and really enjoyed the humor and real-life analogies in that book. This one is much drier and less intuitive, and requires my explanation from time to time. If you are buying just one book on the subject, I highly recommend the Complete Idiot's Guide instead.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Good book for newcomers to calculus or as a refreshers guide 8 Aug 2012
By Colin Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been out of school for a number of years now and thought I would refresh myself on that most hated of subjects, calculus. So why not go for the basics and get a dummies book?
To be honest I've not put a lot of stock in dummies guides before as they seemed superfluous and full of talk rather than learning. After reading this guide I may have to change my mind.
This book is really aimed at students who have a good grasp of algebra and are about to take calculus so wasn't really targetted for my purposes of using it as a refresher after a number of years. After a brief introduction of what you will learn and concepts you should already know it delves straight in with functions and graphing, two concepts used heavily throughout calculus. After this the book takes you through all the usual concepts such as Trig and Geometry, each chapter building on the knowledge you've learned in the previous one.
Each chapter leads you by the hand at the beginning and not so gradually introduces new concepts and techniques throughout, each with plenty of examples. The book is written well and doesn't play down to the "dummy" level, building your confidence and knowledge along the way.
If you are the intended target audience of someone about to study calculus then this book gives you a good introduction to the concepts and techniques that you will use. It is not an be-all-and-end-all book on calculus and you will need other books to finish your course. This is really an introductory book. As a refresher on concepts long since forgotten (as was my purpose for buying it), it met and even exceeded my expectations.
As an introductory book it does well, is easy to follow and the examples are well explained.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Well done. Good for review, refreshing or as a supplement. You do need to DO some math to master precalc though. 7 Aug 2012
By Two kids mom - Published on Amazon.com
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There is something just less intimidating about the Dummies series of texts than actual textbooks. I think it is the combination of the fact that they simply weigh less, the text is less dense and the tone is conversational rather than ivory tower. The particular book does a very good job of presenting the material in a non threatening and fairly humorous manner.

This book is excellent....

For those who need to review the material, but at one time had previous exposure and understanding.

As a supplement to a more weighty precalc text.

As review before taking calc.

For parents who have had the math, but need some "reminders" to be able to help kids effectively. If you have never taken precalc this book is not going to be enough to bring you up to speed.

One caveat: You really do need to put pen to paper and do some problems yourself. It is a trap to believe that simply reading an explanations is enough to cement the idea in your head.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Concepts well explained. 14 July 2013
By Deborah Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter says this book explains concepts very well and she is not only learning new material, but she feels it's well cemented in her brain. She says it's very much worth the effort put into it. The companion workbook is essential to really assess how well the material is understood.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Already starting using it the first night 26 Dec 2013
By KF - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter was having trouble in her Pre Calc class and we were not able to help at all. So we ordered this to assist her on those late night homework assignments, and everything was clear for her to understand. A life saver
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