Packed with practical examples, graphs, and Q&As, this complete self-teaching guide from the best-selling author of Algebra Demystified covers all the essential topics, including: absolute value, nonlinear inequalities, functions and their graphs, inverses, proportion and ratio, and much more.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: The Slope and Equation of a Line
Chapter 2: Introduction to Functions
Chapter 3: Functions and Their Graphs
Chapter 4: Combinations of Functions and Inverse Functions
Chapter 5: Translations and Special Functions
Chapter 6: Quadratic Functions
Chapter 7: Polynomial Functions
Chapter 8: Rational Functions
Chapter 9: Exponents and Logarithms
Chapter 10: Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 11: Matrices
Chapter 12: Conic Sections
Chapter 13: Trigonometry
Chapter 14: Sequences and Series
Rhonda Huettenmueller is the author of the best-selling book in the Demystified series, Algebra Demystified. Popular with students for her ability to make higher math understandable and even enjoyable, she incorporates many of her teaching techniques in this book. Ms. Huettenmueller has taught mathematics at the college level for almost 15 years. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of North Texas.
Back cover copy
HERE'S AN ABSOLUTE VALUE FOR ANYONE WISHING TO MASTER PRE-CALCULUS!
Calculus is a cinch with pre-calculus under your belt -- and calculus is a must for any science, math, or computer science major. Pre-calculus by itself deepens your understanding of mathematics and improves your performance on standardized pre-college and college tests. Now anyone can master pre-calculus -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Pre-Calculus Demystified, best-selling author and teacher Rhonda Huettenmueller breaks pre-calculus down into manageable bites with practical examples, solutions, graphs, practice questions, and a fresh approach that removes the mystery from pre-calc concepts.
Unlike most books on pre-calculus, general concepts are presented first -- and the details follow. In order to make the process as clear and simple as possible, long computations are presented in a logical, layered progression with just one execution per step.
This entertaining self-teaching course makes it fun and easy to learn precalculus fast. Get ready to:
Perform better on placement exams
Avoid confusion with detailed examples and solutions that help you every step of the way
Conquer such topics as absolute value, nonlinear inequalities, inverses, trigonometric functions, and conic sections.
Get comfortable with functions, graphs of functions, logarithms, exponents, and more
Master a subject that will help you with calculus, geometry, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, computing, and engineering
Reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses with questions at the end of every chapter, and a final exam at the end of the book
Pre-Calculus Demystified is the perfect shortcut to learning or brushing up on this important subject.