
Precalculus: Making Connections, 1/e
Larry Runyan, Shoreline Community College Published September, 1998 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
 
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Innovative, real life applications motivate students and provides material for instructors to create cooperative learning experiences. See the Equilibrium discussions in Section 2.1 where extinction/immigration of a species of spiders is studied alongside an analogous application of equilibrium in economics with supply and demand functions. Curvefitting is integrated throughout the text from linear to logistic functions and everywhere in between. Curve fitting provides a modern theme and a realistic application of the functions involved. Exploring the Concepts. Heuristic opportunities are included in every section and are interactive on the web site. Graphing calculators provide the opportunity for students to discover the concepts themselves  the first step towards becoming lifelong learners.
2. Linear and Quadratic Functions. 3. Polynomial and Rational Functions. 4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. 5. Trigonometry and the Circular Functions. 6. Trigonometric Equations and Applications. 7. Polar Coordinates and Parametric Equations. 8. Conic Sections and Quadric Surfaces. 9. Matrices, Determinants and Vectors. Appendix I. Prerequisite Material. Appendix II. Library of Reference Functions. Appendix III. Regression Analysis Formulas. Appendix IV. Formulas. Appendix V. Theory of Equations. Appendix VI. The Binomial Theorem. Appendix VII. Proof by Math Induction. Answers to OddNumbered Exercises.
