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Pre-Calculus All-in-One For Dummies

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Sterling, Mary Jane

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1. Edition October 2023
624 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-394-20124-2
John Wiley & Sons

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The easy way to understand and retain all the concepts taught in pre-calculus classes

Pre-Calculus All-in-One For Dummies is a great resource if you want to do you best in Pre-Calculus. Packed with lessons, examples, and practice problems in the book, plus extra chapter quizzes online, it gives you absolutely everything you need to succeed in pre-calc. Unlike your textbook, this book presents the essential topics clearly and concisely, so you can really understand the stuff you learn in class, score high on your tests (including the AP Pre-Calculus exam!), and get ready to confidently move ahead to upper-level math courses. And if you need a refresher before launching into calculus, look no further--this book has your back.
* Review what you learned in algebra and geometry, then dig into pre-calculus
* Master logarithms, exponentials, conic sections, linear equations, and beyond
* Get easy-to-understand explanations that match the methods your teacher uses
* Learn clever shortcuts, test-taking tips, and other hacks to make your life easier

Pre-Calculus All-in-One For Dummies is the must-have resource for students who need to review for exams or just want a little (or a lot of!) extra help understanding what's happening in class.

Introduction 1

Unit 1: Getting Started with Pre-Calculus 5

Chapter 1: Preparing for Pre-Calculus 7

Chapter 2: Operating with Real Numbers 25

Chapter 3: Cementing the Building Blocks of Pre-Calculus Functions 43

Chapter 4: Operating on Functions 65

Unit 2: Getting the Grip on Graphing 93

Chapter 5: Graphing Polynomial Functions 95

Chapter 6: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 131

Chapter 7: Piece-Wise and Greatest-Integer Functions 159

Unit 3: The Essentials of Trigonometry 171

Chapter 8: Circling In on Angles 173

Chapter 9: Homing In on the Friendliest Angles 201

Chapter 10: Picturing Basic Trig Functions and Reciprocal Functions 217

Chapter 11: Graphing and Transforming Trig Functions 237

Unit 4: Identities and Special Triangles 267

Chapter 12: Identifying with Trig Identities: The Basics 269

Chapter 13: Advancing with Advanced Identities 297

Chapter 14: Getting the Slant on Oblique Triangles 327

Unit 5: Analytic Geometry 361

Chapter 15: Coordinating with Complex Numbers 363

Chapter 16: Warming Up to Polar Coordinates 379

Chapter 17: Relating Conics to Sliced Cones 399

Unit 6: Systems, Sequences, and Series 443

Chapter 18: Streamlining Systems of Equations 445

Chapter 19: Making Matrices Work 473

Chapter 20: Sequences and Series 499

Chapter 21: Expanding Binomials for the Real World 519

Unit 7: Onward to Calculus 533

Chapter 22: Lining Up the Tools 535

Chapter 23: Proceeding with Successful Procedures 557

Index 573
Mary Jane Sterling was a professor of mathematics at Bradley University. She taught for more than 35 years and continues to teach via distance learning. Sterling is the author of many Dummies math titles, including Pre-Calculus For Dummies. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a master's degree in mathematics education.

M. J. Sterling, Bradley University, Peoria, IL