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Pre-Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-23959-9
408 pages
May 2012
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Introduction 1

Part I: Set It Up, Solve It, Graph It 7

Chapter 1: Pre-Pre-Calculus 9

Chapter 2: Playing with Real Numbers 21

Chapter 3: The Building Blocks of Pre-Calc: Functions 33

Chapter 4: Digging Out and Using Roots to Graph Polynomial Functions 67

Chapter 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 97

Part II: The Essentials of Trigonometry 117

Chapter 6: Circling in on Angles 119

Chapter 7: Simplifying the Graphing and Transformation of Trig Functions 149

Chapter 8: Identifying with Trig Identities: The Basics 181

Chapter 9: Advanced Identities: Your Keys to Pre-Calc Success 201

Chapter 10: Taking Charge of Oblique Triangles with the Laws of Sines and Cosines 223

Part III: Analytic Geometry and System Solving 243

Chapter 11: Plane Thinking: Complex Numbers and Polar Coordinates 245

Chapter 12: Slicing Cones or Measuring the Path of a Comet — with Confidence 261

Chapter 13: Streamlining Systems, Managing Variables 291

Chapter 14: Sequences, Series, and Expanding Binomials for the Real World 325

Chapter 15: Scouting the Road Ahead to Calculus 349

Part IV: The Part of Tens 363

Chapter 16: Ten Habits to Develop as You Prepare for Calculus 365

Chapter 17: Ten Habits to Quit Before Calculus 373

Index 379

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