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1. Precalculus : Mathematics for Calculus (with CD-ROM)
by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, Saleem Watson
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Asin: 0534434215
Catlog: Book (2001-12-10)
Publisher: Brooks Cole
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In this best selling Precalculus text, the authors explain concepts simply and clearly, without glossing over difficult points. This comprehensive, evenly-paced book provides complete coverage of the function concept and integrates substantial graphing calculator materials that help students develop insight into mathematical ideas. This author team invests the same attention to detail and clarity as Jim Stewart does in his market-leading Calculus text. ... Read more


2. College Algebra and Trigonometry (3rd Edition)
by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, David I. Schneider
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3. College Algebra (9th Edition)
by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, David I. Schneider
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4. Precalculus, Second Edition
by Robert F. Blitzer
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-30)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This book presents the traditional content of the entire Precalculus series in a manner that answers the age-old question of “When will I ever use this?” Highlighting truly relevant applications, this book presents the material in an easy to learn from approach. Applications and up-to-date real-world data provide more interesting, real-world applications, bringing relevance to examples, discussions, and applications. Relevant, diverse applications peak readers' interest by showing them how important math is to their lives on a daily basis.Fundamental Concepts of Algebra; Graphs, Functions, and Models; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Trigonometric Functions; Analytic Trigonometry; Additional Topics in Trigonometry; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Matrices and Determinants; Conic Sections and Analytic Geometry; Sequences, Induction, and Probability; and Introduction to Calculus.For a variety of professionals in the business or technology fields. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I used this book instead of listening to the teacher's lectures and I did really great in the class! This is a great book to use in class and study form it alone! ... Read more


5. Precalculus (Sixth Edition)
by Ron Larson
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As the best-seller in its field, Precalculus, 5/e, offers both instructors and students a more solid, comprehensive, and flexible program than ever before. Designed for the one- or two-term precalculus course, the text opens with moderate algebra review and introduces trigonometry first with a unit circle approach and then with the right triangle.

For a complete listing of features, see Larson/Hostetler, College Algebra, 5/e.

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6. Precalculus (7th Edition)
by Michael Sullivan
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A proven motivator for readers of diverse mathematical backgrounds, this book explores mathematics within the context of real life using understandable, realistic applications consistent with the abilities of any reader. Graphing techniques are emphasized, including a thorough discussion of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and conics.Includes Case Studies; New design that utilizes multiple colors to enhance accessibility; Multiple source applications; Numerous graduated examples and exercises; Discussion, writing, and research problems; Important formulas, theorems, definitions, and objectives; and more.For anyone interested in precalculus. ... Read more


7. Basic College Mathematics (4th Edition)
by John Tobey, Jeffrey Slater
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-23)
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features abuilding-block approach toward problem solving, realistic and diverse applications, and chapter organizer to help users focus their study and become effective and confident problem solvers. The Putting Your Skills to Work and new chapter-end feature, Math in the Media, present readers with opportunities to utilize critical thinking skills, analyze and interpret data, and problem solve using applied situations encountered in daily life.Chapter 7, Geometry, has been extensively revised and re-organized to include a new section 7.1 on angles and new section 7.4 devoted to triangles. Increased coverage of estimating with fractions anddecimals with new “To Think About” exercises in Sections 2.5, 2.8, and 3.3 and a new lesson in Section 3.7. Coverage of fractions in Chapter 2 has been expanded as follows: Section 2.6 now begins with a discussion of least common multiples so that the subsequent coverage of least common denominators is more complete; a new lesson on order of operations in Section 2.8 offers readers additional review of these rules and practice applyingthem to fractions; and a new mid-chapter test on fractions appears after Section 2.5. Percent applications are now covered in two sections (Sections 5.4 and 5.5) to allow for a more patient presentation of this important topic. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Just the basics
The text 'Basic College Mathematics' is used at the college where I tutor in mathematics as the foundational course for mathematics in all programmes. While many students test out of this level into algebraic topics, for those students whose mathematics is decades old, or was never perfect in the beginning, this book offers a fairly clear and systematic approach to mathematics topics.

The chapters cover the broad topics in this order: Whole Numbers, including the basic arithmetical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), was well as basics of exponents and rounding; Fractions, including the basic arithmetical functions as well as beginning to deal with mixed numbers and order of operations; Decimals, including the basic arithmetical functions as well as continuing with order of operations and decimal/fraction conversions; Ratio and proportion ideas; Percentages theoretical and applied; Basic Measurements and conversions of units between British/American units and metric standards; Geometry at the most basic level of shapes and arithmetical formulas dealing with those shapes for area, perimeter, etc.; Statistics at a very elementary level, such as reading charts and graphs, histograms, and the three concepts of mean, median and mode; Signed and special numbers, including the negative numbers, as well as scientific notation; and finally a brief introduction to Algebra, which introduces the basic concepts of variables, like terms, and equations.

Each of the chapters deals with things in a mathematical as well as an 'English' way - explaining in words the concepts and operations being carried out in the numbers. Each section of each chapter covers only a few key concepts, with enough problems for solving that reinforce the principles thoroughly. Each section also as word problems (story problems) to test the real-world applicability of the numerical/mathematical concepts being presented, so when students ask (as they always do and shall), 'When am I ever going to use this?' there are examples drawn from typical situations.

Tobey and Slater have also worked to make various connections with geometry, graphs and charts, tables, as well as internet resources to provide the most up-to-date and useful text. There are specific problems along the way that assume the use of calculators (as most of real-life mathematics now involves calculators).

The book's design is interesting from a graphic-design standpoint, but from the standpoint of clarity to the students, the pages are a bit 'busy'. While I appreciate the need to reduce the number of pages in an effort to keep the costs down (text-book prices are typically higher than popular-book prices, and this text is no exception), more white space on the pages would probably help the accessibility and make it a little less intimidating.

This book serves as a good foundation for students to proceed at our college forward into Beginning Algebra (another book by Tobey and Slater on this topic is used for the next-level course), and then further into Intermediate Algebra and beyond.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
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5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up For This Book!
This book offers great examples which clearly illustrate how to work out a problem from the beginning to the end. I was very impressed with this book and wished that I had this book when I was in high school. I found it to be a wonderful book with good examples. I was especially impressed with the chapter organizer at the end of each chapter. I routinely would copy these to and use these to study before a test. I have maintained an A average in that class the entire time. For anyone having trouble with basic math.... get this book! You will be glad you did.

3-0 out of 5 stars Basic Mathematics
Basic Mathematics is an informative textbook teaching the basics of mathematics. It has good examples and easy to understand explantations of fomulas. I would recommend this text as a refresher before jumping into a more complex subject. ... Read more


8. Prealgebra (4th Edition)
by K. Elayn Martin-Gay
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-12)
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars This pook totally helps!
Being a mathophobe, I was terrified when I registered for the class. But since I had to buy this book for my math class, then math all of a sudden was really easy! I actually understood the WORD problems with ease and what not!! The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 star rating is that there are many typos in the book, especially in chapter 6.2: there are at least three typos in this specific area if and when you are assigned the odd problems; and what's more, if you want a good laugh, check out pages 455-456. You'll see what I mean!

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now!
I am a 34 year old student that has struggled with math my entire life. I have failed many math classes in college because I just did not clearly understand how to do the math problems. I enrolled at Harbor College in Willmington, CA this fall 2003 and purchased this required book. To my amazement, this book is written in a way that a dummie like me can easily learn all the lessons. I now have a class grade of 95 and FINALLY because of this book, I can do algebra word problems, and I understand how to check them. I am even tutoring some of my classmates, WOW! thats not too bad for a dummie! I thank the author for creating the best prealgebra book I have ever seen. It is written STEP-BY-STEP and in the most basic format that can be explained. Please only purchase this book. You will not be dissapointed and you will pass prealgebra. All thanks to K. Elayn Martin-Gay, what a job you did putting the book together!

5-0 out of 5 stars Substantial, and Rich exercises
This workbook is packed with a lot of examples and rich exercises; which are presented in incremental development fashion. My two children, 10 and 11 year old, have high math aptitude; two grades beyond their average level. I bought this workbook to help them in the transition to algebra and trigonometry. They are able to go thru most of these execises in one summer. I must admit the quality of the lessons and exercises have this quite enjoyable and intuitive for my children to absorb.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR STUDENTS CONSIDERING ALGEBRA
Being that I am 28 years of age and a freshman in college, I was placed in the remedial math class for which this text was required. I was terrified due to the fact I failed math in high school and even the WORD Algebra scared me. This book has great examples and it really helped me understand the concepts of Algebra. I have a 97% average in my class and when I go onto Algebra I next term, I won't be so terrified! :) ... Read more


9. Basic College Mathematics (6th Edition)
by Margaret L. Lial, Stanley A. Salzman, Diana L. Hestwood
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Asin: 0321064577
Catlog: Book (2001-07-02)
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10. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
by Charles Seife, Matt Zimet
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Asin: 0140296476
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Sales Rank: 10850
Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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Charles Seife traces the origins and colorful history of the number zero from Aristotle to superstring theory by way of Pythagoras, the Kabbalists, and Einstein. Weaving together ancient dramas and state-of-the-art science, Zero is a concise tour of a universe of ideas bound up in the simple notion of nothingness. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A good summary
Despite the abstract nature of it's subject matter, this book is a surprisingly breezy and informative read about the history of zero and it's value in the mathematics (and scientific) revolutions of the 1600s and still today. It's part history, part math primer, and part practical guide, with the later chapters focussing on how the zero is used in physics and astronomy.

Seiff has an engaging style and he doesn't talk down or talk above the reader. Although Seiff obviously is an expert in difficult math, he doesn't overwhelm you with equations or get too abstract. Even sections on trig and calculus are written in everyday language that you can easily follow. The book does begin to trail off at Chapter 7-8, from here much of the book seems like filler. I preferred "The Nothing That Is" (also about the zero number) a little because I was more interested in the history and that book covers it more, but Seiff still does a fine job here with history of zero, and his book is probably more useful for students trying to know how to use the zero and it's concepts for their math classes, especially figuring out the limit and other calculations.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very engaging, interesting, and enlightening read
The title of this book is "Zero: the Biography of a Dangerous Idea." Certainly, what Charles Seife wrote does not disappoint: it IS a biography of zero. It starts from its conception in early history, and progresses to outline its development in history through the branches of mathematics, physics, art, and even philosophy. A previous reader was disappointed that the book took time to focus on physics and philosophy, but keep in mind that zero is not limited only to the mathematical realm. Indeed, it is pervasive in society, and it has affected the way we view the world. So to talk about zero yet disregard its important contributions to fields other than mathematics would be a travesty.

Seife's book is a very engaging and enlightening read. Seife looks at how zero has become: the foundation for calculus (taking limits to zero), a revolutionary idea in art (3d drawings have a point of infinity to give depth perception...and infinity and zero are just different sides of the same coin), an important concept of the numberline, and many other places. Indeed, I have read this book many times, sometimes for a quick browse and sometimes for an indepth read, and it has always been a pleasure to read.

Moreover, Seife is very knowledgeable in what he writes, and he brings a sense of humor as well--if you have ever read his article about the debate on cold fusion in 'Science' or 'Scientific American' (it was one or the other, its been a while since that article was published in the early 90s I believe) you'll see his sense of humor in his concluding paragraph (cold fusion or confusion anyone?).

And in response to another review earlier, the reader said that in the appendix there was a proof where a=1 and b=1, and from the equation a^2 - b^2 = a^2 - ab it can be found that 1=0 by factoring the difference of squares and dividing by (a-b). The reader commented that this is dividing by 0, that such an operation violates a fundamental law of algebra (cannot divide by zero), and that an editor should have caught it.

The point is that Seife is showing WHY you cannot divide by 0, that the result is 1=0 and that logic and mathematics would be invalid. He is showing why zero may be a 'dangerous idea'!

In conclusion, this book is superb in its writing and content. It lives up to what it was meant to do, to show the development of zero through history. It is clear, concise, and witty. You will not be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Zero is fundamental
Entertaining book for students of philosophy, historians, and math neophytes, but Seife's simple-minded application of the principle of the conservation of energy to the quantum electrodynamic sea of spacetimemassenergy, i.e. the "zero point field," among other things, reveals him to be among the least imaginitive of physicists. His dismissive proposition that "nothing can come from nothing," overlooks the very simple fact that the QED sea of energy is hardly "nothing," otherwise there would be no such thing as Brownian motion or the Casimir Effect, not to mention the space, time, mass, and energy of our universe. Hal Puthoff claims that a cupful of this so called "vacuum energy" could boil away the oceans of our planet. (The most intriguing concept of "zero" is that promulageted by today's heretics such as Tom Bearden.) Presumably, however, Seife's math and philosophical history of zero is accurate. Before reading this book, this reader had known very little of it, and it was this part that he found quite enjoyable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Jumbled mess of ideas
This is a mildly interesting and entertaining book about history of zero that unfortunately tries to be too cute with its style and to pull in so many unrelated ideas, it loses focus as you turn the pages. When "Zero" stays on topic it's OK. Seife has a pretty good grounding in most of the history, and it was facsinating to read about how the number was used for such simple purpose for Babylonians but became so important for abstract number systems later.

Middle section of the book deals with zero in calculus, useful for any student toughing it out thru intro calc. But Seife gets too drawn in to all the goofy philosophical wanderings you can make about zero, he goes off on way too many tangents that don't make sense. Yes, you can't divide 1 by 0 and the number has a special role in most operations, but how do these properties threaten to bring down the whole framework of math (to paraphrase)? There's all kinds of talk about how zero and infinity are just two sides of the same coin-- why? The author tries to sound like a sage but doesn't make much sense with the claims on these pages.

Whole thing comes apart in the last couple of chapters on physics, cosmology, and applied math which are slim on facts and chock-full of flowery language about how important zero is but where the author really doesn't back his claims. In fact, as the book goes on it seems to make less sense, as though it doesn't quite know what it's supposed to be saying as it moves farther afield from history and calculus. Why are these later chapters even here? They don't add anything and detract from the book's overall value.

4-0 out of 5 stars Zero is not just a number, its a way of life
A very interesting book. The Author shows how mindsets, philosophies and cultures had to change to enable the Zero to be accepted. The West overlooked then resisted the idea of zero.
When the zero idea took hold and was finally accepted it affected everything from Aristoteloism, to commerce, to Art. Even the biblical creation stories took on a different light.
Art in the West during the Renaissance gained a major improvement
as the sense of perspective was developed. This vanishing point within a painting is the equivalnt of the introduction of Zero into the art world .
I would read other books by this author, interesting history, The book moves right along, I like the Author's style, plenty of background, but always stayed the coure. I believe an audio book
is probably not the correct format for this information. I would have liked to have seen the test portraying some of the
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11. Basic Mathematics (9th Edition)
by Marvin L. Bittinger
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-11)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Basic Math at Your Own Pace
I consider my self not good at math and this book really taught me what I did not learn in high school. It has several exercises and several examples to follow. From fractions to geometry everything is lay out. Very easy to understand and right to the point.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
This book is so simple to understand. The examples help out so much with the exercises. I thought my math class would be very difficult but with the help of this book I know I'll pass the class.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why is the InterAct Math Tutorial Software not included.
The only thing I can find wrong is that the disk mentioned in the Preface was not included with the book. Would be nice to know how to acquire this disk. Something like phone numbers, sales stores, or even how much the cost is for people who can afford it. Will the school be able to acquire one? Very sketchy data about this tool. Otherwise the book is excellent. ... Read more


12. Mathematics with Applications (8th Edition)
by Margaret L. Lial, Thomas W. Hungerford
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-19)
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Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Stupid author
Indeed, the author doesn't show much examples for most of the
problems. The author assumes students know how to solve the problems, therefore, she skips most of the details. This type of math is not very useful in today's society. It's really stupid!
This is also an expensive book and it certainly not worth leaning when the author didn't show much details especially for the more difficult problems. She is a stupid, lazy author!

1-0 out of 5 stars "Since you should already know this, I'll skip the details"
...that is the attitude of the lazy author. It assumes too much prior knowledge of math and especially algebra. Granted, prior to taking a class that requires this book, you should have some. Well, I do. Nonetheless, it should still cover it as a review since it is so difficult. For example, in chapter 8, graphing equations is covered. It goes right from the equation to the graph. It skips all the algebraic steps inbetween needed to get from one to the other and gives no explanation of graphing. I know...the author is thinking we should already know that. But if we do, why do we need this book? This author seems to be tremendously lazy. Since she assumes we know so much already, what purpose does this book serve? Maybe a review for those already well versed in math. Many have criticized it for lack of examples. There are plenty of examples, what there is not, is detailed explanations or examples which repeat a concept to get it to sink in. Many times she will list only one true example which gives a full explanation of how to solve a problem (ie simplex method). All subsequent examples in the same or other sections or chapters that rely on using the same method of problem solving will skip that key step and jump right to the newly presented material. Perhaps a mention will be made to solve the first few steps as "we did before". Yeah, lets hope you understood where and how that key step was done before in the ONE example where it was actually explained. In the case of row operations involved in the simplex method, a good portion of the book builds on that method of problem solving. So you are working from one decent initial example since she is too lazy to repeat row operations in the simplex method chapter. An even better example of the mindlessness of this book is the example of instantaneous rate of change in 12.2. No explanation whatsoever - heres the problem, heres a bunch of unexplained nummbers, heres the answer, dont ask how we solved it because...again...you should already know this.

To get through parts of this nightmare I used another book called Mathematical Ideas by Miller, Hereen, Hornsby. That book is what this one should strive to be. Good details and assumes little knowledge. I had to read quite a bit from it fill in the gaps left out in this. Unfortunately, it doesnt cover everything in this one. My advice would be to get a more elementary level math book covering algebra, calculus, graphing, finance, etc. to assist with this one, since this author is too lazy to explain how she got from point a to b. It would be better if you didn't have to use this one but sadly, professors make that decision for us. However, they will regret it in the end when we bug them for help since the book they chose is useless.

If you think mine is the only bad review, read the many similar reviews of previous editions of this book.

I will say, the student workbook that comes separately is pretty good. It gives the solutions to, in most cases, the odd numbered problems from the book. ... Read more


13. College Algebra (2nd Edition)
by Judith A. Beecher, Judith A. Penna, Marvin L. Bittinger
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14. Contemporary Precalculus : A Graphing Approach (with CD-ROM, BCA/iLrn Tutorial, and InfoTrac)
by Thomas W. Hungerford
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-30)
Publisher: Brooks Cole
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Thomas Hungerford's CONTEMPORARY PRECALCULUS text is highly praised and well respected for its clear writing, outstanding applications problems, and integration of technology. Many adopters like the use of real data in examples and exercises, and they appreciate the flexibility of the book. This market-leading text is now accompanied by an outstanding array of innovative supplements that facilitate teaching and enhance learning. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awful
This is the absolute worst text book I have ever had the misfortune of using, in any subject. Hungerford only provides part of the information you actually need to do the problems, and the answers in the back of the book are not reliable. I was forced to use this book for a class in college. If you have a similar misfortune, GET THE SUPPLEMENT. It is the only thing that will help to keep you sane. Make sure you check out the amazing resources availible online, like purplemath.com. This book sure won't be of any help. My professor is just like the author, so it made for a very difficult class.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, although the images are not to my tastes
This book is different from many others, as the graphing calculator is an integral part of the instruction. A large number of the images are nothing more than what a graphing calculator will present when asked to plot a segment of a particular function. Since the material is standard precalculus, the decision whether to adopt this text will be largely based on your opinion concerning the role of graphing calculators in mathematics education.While there is no question that graphing calculators can be of help, they can also be a hindrance. Graphs are just another tool that enable us to better understand the concepts and are not a complete solution. All mathematicians are aware that diagrams can be inadequate and at times appear to be accurate when they are not.
While their resolution is improving, the visual aspects of the graphing calculator are still somewhat crude. The diagrams in this book can at times be confusing, as the points are still tiny squares and if the student takes the figures too seriously, they can be misleading. As we all know, if there is an opportunity for students to be mislead, some will avail themselves of the opportunity. In some ways, it is a step backwards. For years, publishers have labored to create very high quality diagrams with a great deal of contrast between the different parts. This has made the diagrams much easier to read, but in the images of the calculators there is very little contrast and the figures are crude.
Of greater concern is the real problem that students will use the calculator as a psychological crutch and fail to learn the mathematical justification of the results. For example, when we are dealing with the graphs of functions of the form y = (x - h)*(x - h) + k, out interest is in their understanding concerning how the position of the graph changes as h and k changes. If they rely on the graphing calculator too much, they will never learn the fundamental reasons for the shifts.
In terms of presentation, I found the book to be soundly written, the explanations are understandable and complete. The level is appropriate and the material is the usual precalculus fare. The last chapter deals with limits and continuity, which of course is the beginning of calculus. Considering that there are over 800 pages of material without it, one can argue both positions as to whether it should have been included. A large number of exercises appear at the end of the sections and answers to the odds are included at the end. A CD-ROM with over 8 hours of video instruction is included with the book and qualified adopters of the book can receive content-specific videotapes.
I will not be adopting this book, largely due to the emphasis on graphing calculators. To me, graphing calculators create more problems than they solve in education. However, if you feel otherwise, then this book will likely be exactly what you are looking for.

3-0 out of 5 stars This book has too many flaws.
The most obvious problem with this book is that there are too many errors in the answers at the back.This results in a lot of time spent reworking the problems in attempts to get the "right" answers.I know it is very difficult to edit to a point that is closer to perfection, but such careful editing is of crucial importance in a math book.

The book's layout and design are poor.For example, a bold line is used to indicate the beginning of an example instead of the beginning of a concept.This has the unfortunate effect of making it appear that the explanation of a new concept is part of the previous example.Though I did get somewhat used to this technique halfway through the book, I never learned to like it, and it continued to confuse me occasionally.

I would have appreciated more exercises for practice at the end of each section.Often, I would get the hang of a concept by the second or third problem, but then there would be no more problems on which I could reinforce my newfound understanding.I will say, though, that there were plenty of applied problems and they were frequently useful, challenging, and even fun.

I rated this book at 3 stars (instead of 2 or 1) because much of the material itself is good.I learned a lot and I did fairly well in the course (A-).However, I know a good textbook when I use one, and this one needs more work to fit that description.This book made taking the class more difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating than it needed to be.

1-0 out of 5 stars there are better books out there, this is not one of them
to be blunt, this book is not good. hungerford does not explain how to do precalculus very well in this book. it is difficult to read and to understand. a good example is if you were programming a VCR when theinstructions are japanese (no offense). this is probably the reason why itis so difficult. if hungerford made this book more student friendly, thenmaybe he would've gotten a better review. until then, look for anotherbook, this one is definately not one of the best. ... Read more


15. Prealgebra, Fourth Edition
by Marvin L. Bittinger, David J. Ellenbogen
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16. Mastering Essential Math Skills (for grades 6-8)
by Richard W. Fisher
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Catlog: Book (1998-09-08)
Publisher: Math Essentials
Sales Rank: 108818
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A proven system of teaching essential math skills in the areas of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, geometry, integers, percents, charts and graphs, and problem solving.The easy-to-follow program consists of short, concise, and self-contained lessons which require only twenty minutes per day. Excellent for middle gradesstudents and also for students with limited-English skills.This program ensures that students will have the necessary skills to be successful in algebra. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Mastering Essential Math Skills
I have used this book as a skill drill for most of my classes. The falw however, is that if you don't follow the same order in your curriculum, the students get lost in the "review" excercises. The addition and multiplication skill drills are a bonus.

5-0 out of 5 stars My students begged for more!
This book by Richard Fisher really tells the tale. Students are not strong in their basic skills. This book gives each teacher a chance to put the students best foot forward. The speed drills were looked forward to each day in my classroom. We use this book at the 6th,7th and 8th grade and have had no problems with it being repetitive. The students testing better on the SAT 9 and the MAC. ... Read more


17. Introductory Algebra (with CD-ROM, BCA Tutorial, TLE Student Guide, BCA Student Guide, and InfoTrac)
by Alan S. Tussy, R. David Gustafson
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Publisher: Brooks Cole
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Tussy and Gustafson's fully integrated learning process is designed to expand students' reasoning abilities and teach them how to read, write, and think mathematically. In this text, the introduction of coordinate graphing appears early, in Chapter 3.The authors build the strong mathematical foundation necessary to give students confidence to apply their newly acquired skills in further mathematics courses, at home, or on the job. ... Read more


18. Precalculus With Limits: A Graphing Approach
by Ron Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, Bruce H. Edwards, David E. Heyd
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Asin: 0669417580
Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
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For a full description, see Larson et al., College Algebra: A Graphing Approach, 3/e.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great book that makes you an outstanding mathematician!!
This book is simply great with its theoretical explanation on major concepts in precalculus that will prepare you for AP cal. Many have said that this book sucks or dull or hard to understand is simply that they are not into this book or stupid. They do provide a lot of practice set that really makes you practical in math.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a nice book
I used this book in my ap precalc class in high school. At the time I used it, I didn't consider it the greatest book. Even though the book covers a wide varaity of topics, it seems to be that there aren't enough examples. Now I am a freshman in high school taking calc. I am really thankful to this book. It has EVERYTHING you need for calc. A lot of things I learned from this book are re-taught in calc, or least the prof asks about if people have learned this or not. Amazingly, a lot of things I learn are never taught to my classmates who used a different precalc book! I am actually getting this book for a personal reference now because it has everything you need to know.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Genuinely Bad Book
If you are buying this book because it is required for your course, I strongly suggest you cancel out of the class and find another that uses a better book. If you must take the course with this book, by sympathy to you. Dugopolski's College Algebra and Trig is vastly superior.

This book is full of confusing and inadequate explanations. It is infuriating in places. Typical is the sample solution on p. 544 to a system of 3 linear equations. It is a series of minimially explained steps that is a devil to follow, and does not emphasize the basic underlying technique of eliminating variables.

It relies on graphing calculators. This is fact, not criticism, since such reliance is in the area of personal preference. Some like to use calculators as an aid, other's feel it hinders learning.

There are much better books on the market!

4-0 out of 5 stars Precalculus with Limits - Student's Review
Precalculus with Limits, unlike other precalculus books, easily teaches and reviews the basic mathematic background needed for further studies in the area of Calculus. The book contains many examples and less theoretical explanations - briefly outlining how to solve certain problems and then practicing those theories with many examples. Additionally there are plenty examples for economics students, engineering students and students of physics. Simply a great book! ... Read more


19. Trigonometry Enhanced with Graphing Utilities (3rd Edition)
by Michael Sullivan
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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The Sullivan Enhanced with Graphing Utilities series fully integrates the graphing calculator. These widely adopted books are known for their precise careful presentation of mathematics. This precision permeates the book and is particularly evident in the examples, pedagogy and exercises.This book includes coverage of trigonometric functions and their applications, analytic trigonometry, polar coordinates and vectors, and exponential and logarithmic functions.For anyone who needs to brush up on everyday or business-related mathematics. ... Read more


20. Precalculus with Unit-Circle Trigonometry
by David Cohen
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Asin: 0534352758
Catlog: Book (1998-01-08)
Publisher: Brooks Cole
Sales Rank: 270438
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In this new ADVANTAGE SERIES version of David Cohen's PRECALCULUS: WITH UNIT CIRCLE TRIGONOMETRY, THIRD EDITION, Cohen continues to offer a book that is accessible to the student through a careful progression and presentation of concepts, rich problem sets and examples to help explain and motivate concepts, and continual guidance through the challenging work needed to master concepts and skills. This book is identical to PRECALCULUS: A PROBLEMS-ORIENTED APPROACH, Fifth Edition with the exception of the first four chapters on trigonometry. As part of the ADVANTAGE SERIES, this new version will offer all the quality content you've come to expect from Cohen sold to your students at a significantly lower price. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best math book I've seen--period.
This is THE math book for those preparing for the calculus or (like me) revisiting the subject. The book is clear, concise, and stands up well to heavy use. Additionally, the book has tons of examples; contains sections A & B for each chapter. The 'A' section is all that is necessary to continue to calculus, but 'B' will enhance learning if you choose to delve deeper. The study guide that accompanies the book is absolutely excellent--an average student like me can go through the whole book without an instructor if aided by the study guide. ... Read more


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