Essentials of Precalculus

ISBN-10: 0618447024

ISBN-13: 9780618447022

Edition: 2006

Authors: Richard N. Aufmann, Richard D. Nation

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This new text from the author team of Aufmann and Nation offers the same engaging style and support for students as the Aufmann College Algebra series, all in a brief format that covers the entire course in a single semester. Interactive learning techniques incorporated throughout the text help students better understand concepts, focus their study habits, and achieve greater success. In this First Edition, the authors have also integrated many components into the textbook to help students diagnose and remediate weak algebra skills. Prerequisite review in the textbook and supporting materials allows students to fill in gaps in their mathematical knowledge, and keeps instructors from having to spend time on review. Review Notes next to examples and Prepare for the Next Section exercises provide point-of-use review. Extra support also comes from the Aufmann Interactive Method, featuring Try Exercises that allow students to practice math as it is presented and to more easily study for tests. Prepare for the Next Section Exercises appear at the end of exercises and are specifically written to review prerequisite skills the student will need in the next section. Answers at the end of the text and a reference section help students review if they get a wrong answer. Review Notes cover prerequisite skills to help students without the necessary knowledge to understand important concepts. These example-specific notes direct students to the appropriate pages where they can practice and review the skill, thus decreasing frustration and increasing success. Interactive Reading Support Questions engage students in learning mathematics and encourage them to think critically. Visualize the Solution graphics are often paired with Algebraic Solutions to assist visual learners in understanding concepts. Focus on Problem Solving features at the beginning of each chapter review then demonstrate various strategies used by successful problem solvers. This builds students' comfort level with problem solving and leaves them with a collection of tips and strategies to refer to throughout the course. Eduspace Houghton Mifflin's online learning tool powered by Blackboard, is a customizable, powerful and interactive platform that provides instructors with text-specific online courses and content. See the product supplements for more information.
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Book details

List price: $290.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 1/11/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 672
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.608
Language: English

Richard Nation is Professor of Mathematics at Palomar College. He is the co-author of several Aufmann titles.

Note
Each chapter includes a Summary
True/False Exercises
Review Exercises, and a Test
Chapters 26 include Cumulative Review Exercises
Functions and Graphs
Equations and Inequalities
A Two-Dimensional Coordinate System and Graphs
Introduction to Functions
Linear Functions
Quadratic Functions
Properties of Graphs
The Algebra of Functions Exploring Concepts with Technology: Graphing Piecewise Functions with a Graphing Calculator
Polynomial and Rational Functions
Complex Numbers
The Remainder Theorem and the Factor Theorem
Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree
Zeros of Polynomial Functions
The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Graphs of Rational Functions and Their Applications Exploring Concepts with Technology: Finding Zeros of a Polynomial Using Mathematica
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Inverse Functions
Exponential Functions and Their Applications
Logarithmic Functions and Their Applications
Logarithms and Logarithmic Scales
Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
Exponential Growth and Decay Exploring Concepts with Technology: Using a Semilog Graph to Model Exponential Decay
Trigonometric Functions
Angles and Arcs
Trigonometric Functions of Real Numbers
Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions
Graphs of the Other Trigonometric Functions
Graphing Techniques Exploring Concepts with Technology: Sinusoidal Families
Applications of Trigonometry and Trigonometric Identities
Trigonometric Functions of Angles
Verification of Trigonometric Identities
More on Trigonometric Identities
Inverse Trigonometric Functions
Trigonometric Equations
The Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines
Vectors Exploring Concepts with Technology: Approximate an Inverse Trigonometric Function with Polynomials
Additional Topics in Mathematics
Conic Sections
Polar Coordinates
Parametric Equations
Sequences, Series, and Summation Notation
The Binomial Theorem Exploring Concepts with Technology: Using a Graphing Calculator to Find the nth Roots of z Algebra Review
Appendix Integer and Rational Number Exponents Polynomials Factoring
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