Instructors are always faced with the dilemma of too much material and too little time. Perfect for the one-term course, Precalculus with Calculus Previews, Fourth Edition provides a complete, yet manageable, introduction to precalculus concepts while focusing on important topics that will be of direct and immediate use in most calculus courses. Consistent with Professor Zill's eloquent writing style, this four-color text offers numerous exercise sets and examples to aid in students' learning and understanding, and graphs and figures throughout serve to better illuminate key concepts. The exercise sets include engaging problems that focus on algebra, graphing, and function theory, the sub-text of so many calculus problems. The authors are careful to use the terminology of calculus in an informal and comprehensible way to facilitate the student's successful transition into future calculus courses.
Vibrant four-color design illuminates key concepts and improves students' comprehension of graphs and figures.
Translating Words into Functions section illustrates how to translate a verbal description into a symbolic representation of a function and demonstrates these translations with actual calculus problems.
Chapter Review Exercises include problems that focus on the algebra, graphing and function theory, the sub-text of so many calculus problems. Review questions include conceptual fill-in-the-blank and true-false questions, as well as numerous thought-proving exercises.
The Calculus Preview found at the end of each chapter offers students a glimpse of a single calculus concept along with the algebraic, logarithmic and trigonometric manipulations that are necessary for the successful completion of typical problems related to that concept.
The Student Resource Manual by Warren S. Wright includes: A review of algebra, a review of complex numbers and a review of the use of technology in calculus, including graphing calculator usage, and worked out solutions to selected exercises. Additional exercises, which may be used as homework assignments or in-class discussion, are also included.
An Instructor's Complete Solutions Manual includes worked out solutions for all exercises in the text.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Inequalities, Equations, and Graphs
Chapter 2 Functions
Chapter 3 Polynomial and Rational Functions
Chapter 4 Trigonometric Functions
Chapter 5 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Chapter 6 Conic Sections
Dennis G. Zill, Loyola Marymount University
He received a PhD in applied mathematics from Iowa State University and is currently professor of mathematics and former chair of the mathematics department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Zill's research interests include Applied Mathematics, Special Functions, and Integral Transforms.