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Precalculus: A Problems-Oriented Approach, Enhanced Edition, 6th Edition

  • includes Enhanced WebAssign 1-Semester Printed Access Card
  • David Cohen late of University of California, Los Angeles
  • Lee B. Theodore
  • David Sklar San Francisco State University
  • ISBN-10: 1439044600  |  ISBN-13: 9781439044605
  • 1216 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $190.75
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About

Overview

David Cohen's PRECALCULUS: A PROBLEMS-ORIENTED APPROACH, Sixth Edition, focuses on teaching mathematics by using a graphical perspective throughout to provide a visual understanding of college algebra and trigonometry. The author is known for his clear writing style and the numerous quality exercises and applications he includes in his respected texts. In this new edition, graphs, visualization of data, and functions are now introduced much earlier and receive greater emphasis. Many sections now contain more examples and exercises involving applications and real-life data. While this edition takes the existence of the graphing calculator for granted, the material is arranged so that one can teach the course with as much or as little graphing utility work as he/she wishes. This Enhanced Edition includes instant access to Enhanced WebAssign®, the most widely-used and reliable homework system. Enhanced WebAssign® presents thousands of problems, links to relevant textbook sections, video examples, problem-specific tutorials, and more, that help students grasp the concepts needed to succeed in this course. As an added bonus, the Start Smart Guide has been bound into this text. This guide contains instructions to help students learn the basics of WebAssign quickly.

Features and Benefits

  • The author has a remarkable writing style that is student friendly and yet mathematically honest.
  • The "Graphical Perspective" feature uses graphs to supplement the text discussion and encourage students to produce their own pictures of a graph.
  • There is a strong emphasis on graphs and visualization, with numerical, graphical, and algebraic viewpoints tightly linked throughout the text, to help students understand the material.
  • Coordinates and graphs are developed in Chapter 1.
  • Iteration is covered from numerical, graphical, and algebraic viewpoints.

Table of Contents

1. FUNDAMENTALS.
Sets of Real Numbers. Absolute Value. Solving Equations (Review and Preview). Rectangular Coordinates. Visualizing Data. Graphs and Graphing Utilities. Equations of Lines. Symmetry and Graphs. Circles.
2. EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES.
Quadratic Equations: Theory and Examples. Other Types of Equations. Inequalities. More on Inequalities.
3. FUNCTIONS.
The Definition of a Function. The Graph of a Function. Shapes of Graphs. Average Rate of Change. Techniques in Graphing. Methods of Combining Function. Iteration. Inverse Functions.
4. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS.
Applications to Optimization. Linear Functions. Quadratic Functions. Using Iteration to Model Population Growth (Optional Section). Setting up Equations That Define Functions. Maximum and Minimum Problems. Polynomial Functions. Rational Functions.
5. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS.
Exponential Functions. The Exponential Function y = ex. Logarithmic Functions. Properties of Logarithms. Equations and Inequalities with Logs and Exponents. Compound Interest. Exponential Growth and Decay.
6. TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS OF ANGLES.
Trigonometric Functions of Acute Angles. Algebra and the Trigonometric Functions. Right-Triangle Applications. Trigonometric Functions of Angles. Trigonometric Identities.
7. TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS OF REAL NUMBERS.
Radian Measure. Radian Measure and Geometry. Trigonometric Functions of Real Numbers. Graphs of the Sine and the Cosine Functions. Graphs of y = A sin(Bx-C) and y = A cos(Bx – C). Simple Harmonic Motion. Graphs of the Tangent and the Reciprocal Functions.
8. ANALYTICAL TRIGONOMETRY.
The Addition Formulas. The Double-Angle Formulas. The Product-to-Sum and Sum-to-Product Formulas. Trigonometric Equations. The Inverse Trigonometric Functions.
9. ADDITIONAL TOPICS IN TRIGONOMETRY.
The Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines. Vectors in the Plane, a Geometric Approach. Vectors in the Plane, an Algebraic Approach. Parametric Equations. Introduction to Polar Coordinates. Curves in Polar Coordinates.
10. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS.
Systems of Two Linear Equations in Two Unknowns. Gaussian Elimination. Matrices. The Inverse of a Square Matrix. Determinants and Cramer''s Rule. Nonlinear Systems of Equations. Systems of Inequalities.
11. ANALYTIC GEOMETRY.
The Basic Equations. The Parabola. Tangents to Parabolas (Optional). The Ellipse. The Hyperbola. The Focus-Directrix Property of Conics. The Conics in Polar Coordinates. Rotation of Axes.
12. ROOTS OF POLYNOMIAL EQUATIONS.
The Complex Number System. Division of Polynomials. Roots of Polynomial Equations: The Remainder Theorem and the Factor Theorem. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Rational and Irrational Roots. Conjugate Roots and Descartes'' Rule of Signs. Introduction to Partial Fractions. More About Partial Fractions.
13. ADDITIONAL TOPICS.
Mathematical Induction. The Binomial Theorem. Introduction to Sequences and Series. Arithmetic Sequences and Series. Geometric Sequences and Series. DeMoivre''s Theorem.
Appendix 1: Using a Graphing Utility.
Appendix 2: Significant Digits and Calculators.
Tables.
Answers to Selected Exercises.
Index.

What's New

  • This Enhanced Edition includes instant access to Enhanced WebAssign®, the most widely-used and reliable homework system. Enhanced WebAssign® presents thousands of problems, links to relevant textbook sections, video examples, problem-specific tutorials, and more, that help students grasp the concepts needed to succeed in this course. As an added bonus, the Start Smart Guide has been bound into this text. This guide contains instructions to help students learn the basics of WebAssign quickly.
  • The role of the graphing utility has been expanded in this edition, with graphing utility material carefully integrated throughout the text. Graphing utility exercises are now integrated into the exercise sets with an icon to identify them. Reviewers praised Cohen's thoughtful approach to the optional use of technology, lauding his realistic use of modern technologies while maintaining a solid foundation in algebraic concepts.
  • Exercises have been rewritten, updating real data and applications throughout.
  • In addition to the "Writing Mathematics" sections, there are now "Projects" and "Mini Projects" at the ends of many sections. These give the students additional opportunities to discuss, explore, learn, and write mathematics.
  • The material on long division of polynomials has been moved to Chapter 12, preceding synthetic division.
  • Chapter 3 includes an expanded introduction to the function concept. Functions are introduced at length using algebraic, verbal, tabular, and graphical forms. Functions as models are introduced and used in examples and exercises. Implicit functions are introduced in the section PROJECT. Material on the average rate of change of a function (previously in section 3.2) has been expanded and there is an increased emphasis on applications.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Cohen

David Cohen, a senior lecturer at UCLA, was the original author of the successful, well-respected precalculus series--COLLEGE ALGEBRA, ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY, PRECALCULUS: A PROBLEMS-ORIENTED APPROACH, and PRECALCULUS: WITH UNIT CIRCLE TRIGONOMETRY.