Just-in-time Algebra and Trigonometry for Calculus (4th Revised edition)

Just-in-time Algebra and Trigonometry for Calculus (4th Revised edition)

By: Ronald I. Brent (author), Guntram Mueller (author)Paperback

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Are you ready to ace calculus at the college level? With this book, you will be! Professors often say "Students don't fail the calculus, they fail the algebra." In other words, even if you understand calculus, your algebra and trigonometry skills can hold you back. Here's a quick quiz-do you remember how to: * Factor trinomials? * Solve equations containing exponents and logs? * Work with inverse trig functions? If not, that's where this book comes in handy! Just-in-Time is designed to bolster the algebra and trigonometry skills you'll need while you study calculus. As you make your way through the course, Just-in-Time is with you every step of the way, showing you the exact algebra or trigonometry topics that you'll need and pointing out potential problem spots. The easy-to-use Table of Contents features the calculus subject listed directly across from the algebra/trigonometry skills needed to master that topic. Use this book as your study companion and put your anxiety to rest!

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About Author

Guntram B. Mueller received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He has taught calculus many times and is very familiar with the typical strengths and weaknesses in the backgrounds of his students. That experience is what guided him, in cooperation with Dr. Ron Brent, in writing the Just-in-Time series. His advice? Buy the book! It's got just what you need, just in time. Ronald I. Brent is a Professor of Mathematics at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he has taught since 1987. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Brent is the author of many publications, including three Just-In-Time mathematics texts. His main advice to his calculus students is: "Work on your homework as if your life in this course depends upon it. Because it does!"


Calculus Topic: Review of Basics 1. Numbers and Their Disguises Brackets, multiplying and dividing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, exponents, roots, percent, scientific notation, calculators, rounding, intervals Calculus Topic: Circles, Parabolas, etc. 2. Completing the Square Completing the square in one and two variables Calculus Topic: Equations 3. Solving Equations Equations of degree 1 and 2, solving other types of equations, rational equations, the zero-factor property Calculus Topic: Functions and Graphs 4. Functions and Their Graphs Introduction, equations of lines, power functions, shifting graphs, intersection of curves Calculus Topic: Limits 5. Changing the Form of a Function Factoring, canceling, long division, rationalizing, extracting a factor from under a radical Calculus Topic: Derivatives 6. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Working with difference quotients and rational functions, canceling common factors, rationalizing expressions Calculus Topic: Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions 7. Cyclic Phenomena: The Six Basic Trigonometric Functions Angles, definitions of the six trigonometric functions, special angles, graphs involving sin x and cos x, graphs of complex trigonometric functions Calculus Topic: The Chain Rule 8. Composition and Decomposition of Functions Composite functions, inner, outer, and outermost functions, decomposing composite functions Calculus Topic: Implicit Differentiation 9. Equations of Degree 1 Revisited Solving linear equations involving derivatives Calculus Topic: Related Rates, Applied Max-Min Problems 10. Word Problems Algebraic word problems; the geometry of rectangles, circles and spheres, trigonometric word problems, right angle triangles, the law of sines and the law of cosines Calculus Topic: Integrating Trigonometric Functions 11. Trigonometric Identities Rewriting trigonometric expressions using identities Appendices A. Exponential Functions B. Inverse Functions C. Logarithmic Functions D. Inverse Trigonometric Functions E. The Binomial Theorem E. Derivation of the Quadratic Formula Answers to Exercises Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/07/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780321671042
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780321671042
  • weight: 449
  • ISBN10: 032167104X
  • edition: 4th Revised edition

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