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Precalculus: A Make it Real Approach 1st Edition

Frank Wilson, Scott L. Adamson, Trey Cox, Alan E. O'Bryan

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This new text provides a contemporary approach to college algebra, ideal for the many skeptical or apprehensive students who ask, "When am I ever going to use this?" The key phrase is "Make It Real" since the goal is to make the material relevant and understandable to today's college students. But many books make this claim--so how is PRECALCULUS: A MAKE IT REAL APPROACH different? In other texts, which simply wrap real-world situations around problems, the context isn't needed to do the mathematics. Written by skilled and passionate teachers, this text uses real-world data sets and situations to draw out mathematical concepts. Students are immersed in familiar contexts--from golf course ratings to Egyptian pyramids--from which concepts emerge naturally, and then guided in using their understanding of those ideas to make sense of the mathematics. The real-world contexts are not only helpful for understanding procedures--they're necessary. The concept of a function, the use of modeling, and the thorough integration of real-world applications are integral to the text. If there's one new precalculus text crafted to stand up to a "reality check" comparison with your current book, this is it.

Frank Wilson, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Frank Wilson is an award-winning textbook author whose passion is helping students see how to apply mathematics in their personal lives. Frank shares his passion with colleagues worldwide through engaging workshops, keynote presentations, journal articles, and curricular materials. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Brigham Young University and expects to complete his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Business Quantitative Methods) in 2013. Wilson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Calculus Division Instructor of the Year Award, Make Their Day Staff Award, and Faculty Excellence Award. He is a dynamic speaker, and regularly presents his innovative teaching techniques at national and affiliate conferences of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Scott L. Adamson, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Scott L. Adamson is an award-winning professor who strives to help students develop mathematical reasoning and persistent problem solving as they make sense of big mathematical ideas. He structures the classroom environment so that students have the opportunity to make sense of mathematics, and strives to develop enthusiastic learners in the classroom. Scott holds a B.S. and M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction–Mathematics Education from Arizona State University. He won the TAA 2013 Most Promising New Textbook Award for COLLEGE ALGEBRA: A MAKE IT REAL APPROACH.

Trey Cox, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Trey Cox's goal for mathematics education is to help students see the relevance of mathematics in their lives and to learn the meaning and purpose of the "big" mathematical ideas. His courses are taught in a fun and interesting environment where students have the opportunity to enjoy learning and create a strong, personal sense of motivation and responsibility for their own learning. Trey holds a B.A. in Secondary Education–Mathematics and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University, Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction–Mathematics Education from Arizona State University. He won the TAA 2013 Most Promising New Textbook Award for COLLEGE ALGEBRA: A MAKE IT REAL APPROACH.

Alan E. O'Bryan, Arizona State University

Alan O'Bryan has worked as a high school mathematics instructor with Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, and as a faculty associate with Arizona State University, assisting with research projects that seek to improve teachers' and students' understanding of key ideas in algebra and precalculus. He believes strongly in the benefits of having students explain their thinking and understanding of concepts, both orally and in writing, and in helping students make connections among the many topics taught within a mathematics course. Alan holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. He won the TAA 2013 Most Promising New Textbook Award for COLLEGE ALGEBRA: A MAKE IT REAL APPROACH.
  • Explanations and Examples: A conversational tone and detailed explanations make the math come alive for students. Intriguing, relevant photographs and carefully rendered graphics pique students' interest and capture their attention. Meaningful real world contexts inform students about the world and motivate them to investigate mathematical concepts. Familiarity with these contexts, from which ideas emerge intuitively, are not only helpful for comprehending procedures--they're necessary. One student commented, "It's like having the teacher standing over my shoulder explaining things to me."
  • Variety of Homework Exercises: The overarching philosophy of developing students' mathematical reasoning and persistent problem solving is evident throughout the homework exercises, which are divided into four sections: Concepts and Skills (for practicing procedures and demonstrating a basic understanding of key concepts), Show You Know (requiring written explanations of big ideas), Make It Real (real world contexts that help students understand the world and make connections between mathematics and their lives), and Stretch Your Mind (requiring deep thought, creativity, and persistence).
  • Study Sheets: The end-of-chapter Study Sheets present a series of questions focused on the big ideas of the chapter. As students reflect upon these questions, they solidify their understanding of the key mathematical concepts. The Study Sheets are an ideal chapter review activity to help students prepare for the end-of-chapter exam.
  • Review Exercises: End-of-chapter review exercises allow students to refine their conceptual understanding and mathematical expertise. Grouped by section number, these exercises make it easy to focus on particular areas of study.
  • Distinctive Treatment of Modeling and Graphs: In keeping with the book's approach, the authors promote student comprehension by presenting modeling and graphs in familiar contextual situations; that is, models and graphs describe the underlying behavior that is embedded into the context. Modeling and graphs are used extensively; for instance, Section 6.2 on Exponential Function Modeling and Graphs features nine examples, all of which include a real world context.
  • Unique Make It Real Projects: These end-of-chapter projects allow students to apply the concepts learned in the chapter to data collected from an area of personal interest. By allowing students to focus on a real world context of their choosing, their motivation and interest in doing the mathematics increases. Additionally, the Make It Real Projects provide learners another avenue for developing mathematical reasoning and persistent problem solving as they make sense of the mathematical ideas.
Mathematical Modeling. Functions and Function Notation. Functions Represented by Tables and Formulas. Functions Represented by Graphs. Functions Represented by Words. Preview to Inverse Functions. Chapter 1 Review.
Functions with Constant Rates of Change. Modeling with Linear Functions. Linear Regression. Systems of Linear Equations. Systems of Linear Inequalities. Chapter 2 Review.
Horizontal and Vertical Shifts. Horizontal and Vertical Reflections. Vertical Stretches and Reflections. Horizontal Stretches and Compressions. Chapter 3 Review.
Variable Rates of Change. Modeling with Quadratic Functions. Quadratic Functions, Graphs, and Forms. Chapter 4 Review.
Higher-Order Polynomial Function Modeling. Power Functions. Rational Functions. Chapter 5 Review.
Percentage Change. Exponential Function Modeling and Graphs. Compound Interest and Continuous Growth. Solving Logarithmic and Exponential Equations. Logarithmic Function Modeling. Chapter 6 Review.
Combinations of Functions. Piecewise Functions. Composition of Functions. Logistic Functions. Choosing a Mathematical Model. Chapter 7 Review.
Periodic Functions. Angle Measure (Degrees and Radians). The Unit Circle and Trigonometric Functions. Graphing Sine and Cosine Functions. Modeling with Trigonometric Functions. Other Trigonometric Functions. Inverse Trigonometric Functions. Chapter 8 Review.
Right Triangle Trigonometry. Law of Cosines. Law of Sines. Polar Coordinates. Vectors. Chapter 9 Review.
Basic Identities. Verifying Identities. Other Trigonometric Identities. Chapter 10 Review.
Slices of a Cone. Ellipses and Circles. Parabolas. Hyperbolas. Chapter 11 Review.
Sequences. Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences. Series. Chapter 12 Review.
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Instructor's Solution Manual

ISBN: 9781111580865
This manual includes solutions to every exercise in the text.

Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781111988418
The Instructor's Resource Manual, written by the text authors, includes valuable resources to guide both new and experienced instructors in using the authors' unique teaching methods.

Test Bank

ISBN: 9781111988524
This test bank includes test forms written by the authors.

PowerLecture with ExamView®

ISBN: 9781111988364
This CD-ROM (or DVD) provides the instructor with dynamic media tools for teaching, including Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides and figures from the book. Create, deliver, and customize tests (both print and online) in minutes with ExamView® Computerized Testing Featuring Algorithmic Equations. You can also easily build solution sets for homework or exams by linking to Solution Builder's online solutions manual.

Text-Specific DVD

ISBN: 9781111988562

Classroom Activity Guide

ISBN: 9781285049465

Student Study Guide

ISBN: 9781111988340
Written by the text authors, this Study Guide includes review material for each section of the text. It includes section objectives, concepts, vocabulary, exercises, worked out examples, and practice chapter tests with solutions.

Student Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781111988388
Contains fully worked-out solutions to all of the odd-numbered exercises in the text, giving students a way to check their answers and ensure that they took the correct steps to arrive at an answer.


Student Study Guide

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