What is Precalculus: Definition and 174 Discussions
In mathematics education, precalculus or college algebra is a course, or a set of courses, that includes algebra and trigonometry at a level which is designed to prepare students for the study of calculus. Schools often distinguish between algebra and trigonometry as two separate parts of the coursework.
I've multiplied everything out on paper and got ##x=2, \dfrac{15}{4}##, which is correct. However multiplying directly is tedious and from observing this problem I suspect there is a simplification or trick that I missed...
In fact, it WAS a homework couple of years ago, and I've solved it, kind of (below). I still would like to find a cleaner solution.
Here is what I did.
Let's say, the apples are labeled, and their weights are ##x_1, x_2, ...##. He takes out the apple #1 and finds that, e.g., ##x_2+x_5+x_9+... =...
This is part of my note:
Now, this is practice question:
I want to ask why P(X = 2) is not zero, because from the note: P{X = a} = ##\int_{a}^{a} f(x) dx=0## ?
If I differentiate F(x), I will get f(x) which is the pdf, then using the pdf to find P(X = 2), I think I will get zero as the...
##\frac {1} {x^2 -c^2}## with ##c \neq {0}##
So the first thing I do is split the ##x^2 -c^2## into the difference of squares so ##x +c## and ##x - c##
I then do ##\frac {A} {x + c}## ##+## ##\frac {B} {x-c}##, and then let ##x=c## to zero out the expression. And that is where I am getting...
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I only have a clue on the topic I present; the answer involves the ##\subset##, maybe ##\subseteq## concepts; I mean that the only answer I've obtained is that both range and domain of the product of two functions are the inclusion of both. I include a picture regarding the example of...
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It is different from the usual way that a precalculus is done text in that it covers in the US what is called Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and...
Part (a)
##s=ab^t##
##\log s= \log a+ t\log b##
Expression on the right hand side increases linearly with ##t##Part(b)
##s=120 ×1.15^t##
##\log s = \log 120+t\log 1.15##
##\log s =2.08+0.06t##
From graph, y-intercept = ##2.08##
##m=\dfrac{2.45-2.08}{6-0}=0.06##
Part (c)...
A bit confusing here; what i did,
Using gradient, we have,
##m=\dfrac{7-1}{0-3}=-2##
##y=-2x+7##
Since there is a Vertex, we have the other ##m_2=2##
thus,
##y=mx+c##
##1=2×3 +c##
##... y=2x-5##
##a=2, b=-5, c=12## or##a=-2, b=5, c=2##
Highlighted part only...
Part (a) was easy ##2\sqrt 5##.
For part (b),
...##BC=4i+2j##
it follows that,
##OC=OB+BC##
##OC=3i+5j+4i+2j=7i+7j## correct? any other better approach guys!
For part (c),
I will form the equations as follows;
Let ##D(x,y)## then,
##x-4=2(4-3)##
and...
My take:
I got ##BC=10.25## cm, using cosine rule...no issue there. For part (b)
##BK=3cm## using sine rule i.e ##\sin 30^0 =\dfrac{BK}{6}##
Thus it follows that ##∠BDK=48.59^0## ...⇒##∠ADB=131.4^0## correct...any other approach?
Also:
##∠ADB=48.59^0## when BD is on the other side of the...
I have the solution:
## \dfrac{2x-3y}{3z+y} = \dfrac{z-y}{z-x} = \dfrac {x+3z}{2y-3x} ## (1)
## \dfrac{2x-3y}{3z+y} = \dfrac{3(z-y)}{3(z-x)} = \dfrac {x+3z}{2y-3x} ## (2)
##= \dfrac{(2x-3y)-3(z-y)+x+3z}{(3z+y)-3(z-x)+(2y-3x)} ## (3)
##=\dfrac{x}{y}##
My question is how is it possible to go...
For this,
I am trying to find solutions, however, I think I am getting a strange result that I am not too sure how to intercept.
I first multiply the first equation by 2 to get ##2x_1 - 8x_3 = 4## and then I add it to the second equation below to get ##0 = 1##. I think this means that there...
First lets focus on ##|x|## which is defined as distance between ##x##and ##0##. But if we look into it closely
$$13=|-11-2|$$ which is distance between -11 and 2 but $$13=|11-(-2)|$$ which means this is distance between 11 and -2. Which is it?
In the same way $$x=|x-0|$$ is distance between 0...
Does this mean for x=1 , ##2(1)-1= -\sqrt{2-1}## is false. x=1 is not a solution.
But as we square the above equation , ##(2(1)-1)^2=(-\sqrt{2-1})^2## , false equation becomes true. So now x=1 is solution to the new equation ?
(Here is the paragraph attached) from book James Stewart.
In order to write next step in all four equations above l used the definition of radicals. ##\sqrt a=b## means ##b^2=a##. Squaring both sides also works. I don’t know if it’s right. I mean I read that ##(\sqrt a)^2=a##. But I don’t know if we can apply this on expressions.
Main problem is if we...
I am currently learning some maths from “Precalculus by James Stewart”.
I was wondering if that’s ok? Is it ok to just dive straight into it or go back and brush up my algebra 2 ?
I was wondering what are some good textbooks on algebra 2 by the way?
Thank you.
(This is all for the love of physics).
Homework Statement: I am having trouble in understanding the proof. Which step is wrong and why?
Relevant Equations: Why ##1 \neq 0## ?
Mentor note: Moved from Homework Section
##x=1##
##x^2=x##
##x^2-x=0##
##x(x-1)=0##
##\frac {x(x-1)}{(x-1)}=\frac 0{(x-1)}##
##x=0##
##1=0##
We can also write a general inequality ##x^2>a## where a is a number.
If ##x^2= a##, then ##x= \pm \sqrt a## which means ##x= \sqrt a## or ##-\sqrt a##.
But in this case i don’t think it will be ##x > \pm \sqrt a## because if we take ##0## , it’s greater than a negative but in the original...
TL;DR Summary: I will be reviewing/filling in gaps in my precalc knowledge over the course of 6 months and I think I'll have time to go off the beaten path a bit with the material I cover. What topics could supplement this that maybe I would not be able to learn in a typical precalculus...
Problem statement : Let me copy and paste the problem as it appears in the text.
Attempt : From the "Relevant Equations" given above, we can compare to see that ##a-1 = -1## and ##a^2+2=3##. These lead (after some algebra) to the three values of ##\boxed{a=0, \pm 1}##.
Issue : The book has a...
What was the first textbook for the modern syllabus of precaclulus which had "precalculus" in the title or subtitle?
What was the first textbook for the modern syllabus of discrete mathematics which had "discrete," "discrete mathematics" in the title or subtitle?
If you have personal...
I think the answer is an even function as the function ##x^2## is an even function and thus, is symmetrical w.r.t. Y axis. The question I have is how to do this problem algebraically. I tried to graph some functions on GeoGebra to verify my answer.
a) ##y = ln(x^2)##
b) ##y = sin(x^2)##...
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I have been going through the sections in my Ron Larson Precalculus textbook and find that at least for the first 5 or 6 chapters, I can answer a lot of the questions except for a few selective problems. I will post those problems moving forward. No sense in posting questions I already know how...
It is clear that the terms of the sequence tend to zero when n tends to infinity (for some α) but I cannot find a method that allows me to understand for which of them the sum converges. Neither the root criterion nor that of the relationship seem to work. I tried to replace ##\sqrt[n]{n}## with...
Hi, I'm currently a Grade 11 student and I need help for this question (Precalculus):
If $\sum\limits_{i=1}^{50} f(i)=90$ and $\sum\limits_{i=30}^{50} g(i)=60$, what is the value of $\sum\limits_{i=1}^{50} (7 g(i)-f(i)+12)/(2)$?
P.S. To those who could answer this, it would be a great help...
This is my attempt so far:
##0.05=\frac{30t}{200000+t}## then I solved for t. And I got 333.88 min. I feel like this is way too simple of a solution and I didn't use all of what's given in the problem.
For part 2 of the problem it asks, what happens to the concentration over time. I tried to...
I am attempting to teach myself all the necessary prerequisites of calculus, and attain mastery of them. This has been my goal for quite some time, and recently, I encountered a topic I was unfamiliar with (listed under precalculus).
This topic of interest is spherical and cylindrical...
I finally got my Michael Sullivan Precalculus 5th Edition textbook today. I have decided to part ways with my David Cohen book. It makes no sense to keep it. It is truly over my head.
By this I don't mean that Sullivan's book is a walk in the park. It can be intense depending on the topic...
Last week, I purchased the Michael Sullivan Precalculus textbook 5th Edition, a book I had in my collection in 2006. I will use this book to continue my precalculus journey as I make my way to calculus 1. Anxiously waiting for the textbook to arrive in the mail. I will stop by the post office...
Hi PF,
I happened up a textbook called Precalculus (Sixth Edition) by Montana State University Professor Emeritus, Dr. Warren W. Esty and I understand that it is supposed to be a great textbook book for Precalculus self-study. I was just wondering if anyone had heard of, or used it in the...
Summary: I need to know what to study in order to prepare for precalculus
I'll be starting classes in spring and I'm working towards a bachelors in computer science. My first math class will be precalculus. Math has always been an intimidating subject for me(my WEAKEST subject), but I'm...
Hello, as the title states, which book is better for learning Precalculus? I heard David Cohen's is much more application/computational based and is better for learning Precalculus rather than Lang's. However, Lang is also good as well because he doesn't focus on plug and chug, but rather...
This is the form of the function above:
I started by equating (1) to 1/2:
$$T(\varphi)=\frac{r^{2}+\tau^{2}-2\tau\cos\varphi}{1+\tau^{2}r^{2}-2\tau r\cos\varphi} = \frac{1}{2},$$
which can be rearranged to:
$$2r^{2}+2\tau^{2}-1-\tau^{2}r^{2}=2\tau\left[2-r\right]\cos\varphi$$
using...
A balloon's volume is increasing at a rate of dV/dt. Express the rate of change of the circumference with respect to time (dc/dt) in terms of the volume and radius.
Homework Equations
Vsphere = (4/3)(π)(r^3)
C = (2)(π)(r)
The Attempt at a Solution [/B]
My strategy was to come up with two...
One of my homework questions said "Explain how to obtain f(x)=-(3+x)^2+1 from the graph of y=x^2."
I know somehow you need to move the graph right 3, reflect about the x-axis, and move up one, but I don't know how to factor and manipulate the equation to show this.
Homework Statement
"Find the center and radius of the circle that passes through A(1,1) and is tangent to the line y=2x-3 at the point B(3,3). (Picture of the graph: https://imgur.com/a/0wAnqcU)
Homework Equations
Here's a link: https://imgur.com/a/y71Z9GY
The Attempt at a Solution
Soo, I've...
One of our homework problem asks:
If f is a one-to-one function such that f(-3)=5 , find x given that f^-1 (5)=3x-1.
Here's how I attempted to solve the problem:
-3=3x-1
3x=-2
x=-2/3
Is this the correct way to solve the problem?
Homework Statement
Homework EquationsThe Attempt at a Solution
I know I would have to do something with my calculator and I tried to solve like solving an equation for C, but not sure. I put all the matrices in my calculator. I then subtracted the first matrix to the other side then...