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Precalculus, 5/e

Michael Sullivan, Chicago State University

Published October, 1998 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1999, 1073 pp.
ISBN 0-13-095402-0

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For undergraduate courses in College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Trigonometry, and Precalculus. A proven motivator for students of diverse mathematical backgrounds, this text explores mathematics within the context of real-life, using understandable, realistic applications consistent with the abilities of any student. Graphing techniques are emphasized, including a thorough discussion of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and conics. The use of a graphing calculator is optional.


NEW—Reorganized content.

  • Presents material logically, and as needed, enabling students to more easily grasp concepts and retain what they have learned.
NEW—Many new exercises and examples.
  • Shows students how to utilize real data in table form.
NEW—Section Objectives.
  • Identifies learning goals for students at the start of each section so that they can organize their studies.
NEW—Internet Excursion begins each chapter.
  • Provides students with a real-world problem that can be analyzed using the material found in the chapter and information found on the World Wide Web.
NEW—New design—Utilizes multiple colors.
  • Highlights important concepts for students.
Multiple source applications—Drawn from tax tables; the Guinness Book of World Records; newspaper articles; and texts in economics, chemistry, etc.
  • Allows students to make the connection between familiar situations and the learned math concepts.
Historical Notes—Presented in context.
  • Gives students anecdotal information and compare techniques to enhance their interest in related material.
Numerous graduated examples and exercises—Many of which are applied.
  • Helps students build confidence and master the concepts.
“Calculator icon”—Designates selected examples.
  • Invites students to use a graphing calculator for checking or exploration when appropriate.
“Now Work Problem xx” icon.
  • Encourages students to pause and work an exercise problem to ensure the previous concept was understood before moving on.
Review list and overview opens each chapter.
  • Familiarizes students with an inventory of pertinent material to be reviewed before getting started, and an often historically based profile of the chapter concepts.
Detailed review closes each chapter—Includes important formulas; theorems and definitions; a “things to know” list; true/false and fill-in-the-blank items; and review exercises.
  • Summarizes the chapter material with related features that allow students to expand and test their knowledge.

Table of Contents
    1. Equations and Graphs.
    2. Functions and Their Graphs.
    3. Polynomial and Rational Functions.
    4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
    5. Trigonometric Functions.
    6. Analytic Trigonometry.
    7. Applications of Trigonometric Functions.
    8. Polar Coordinates; Vectors.
    9. Analytic Geometry.
    10. Systems of Equations and Inequalities.
    11. Sequences; Induction; Counting; Probability.
    12. A Preview of Calculus: The Limit and The Derivative of a Function.
    Appendix A: Algebra Review.
    Appendix B: Graphing Utilities.


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