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A plus would be an algebra based Physics text so that I can get a taste of what I'll be learning after I am relatively confident with basic Calculus.

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A plus would be an algebra based Physics text so that I can get a taste of what I'll be learning after I am relatively confident with basic Calculus.

Thanks.

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I don't think so at all. In fact, there is enough material in "Precalculus" that it could be a two-year course in high school -- college algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, basic matrix algebra, some discrete math, introduction to limits, etc.(an entire academic year for Precalculus is ridiculous, anyway)

For some students, it would be better served if they took Precalculus as a two-year course, because they took it "too early" and they haven't reached that level of mathematical maturity yet. I've seen plenty of students who breezed through Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, only to struggle in Precalculus.

As for texts, I like Larson. Note that he has several versions, each containing a subset of chapters. It looks like the most "complete" is "Precalculus with Limits, 2nd Edition." It's expensive, so you should buy it used, or buy the 1st edition. I also like Lial/Hornsby/Schneider. Their most "complete" version is "Precalculus." I would avoid Demana/Waits/Foley/Kennedy -- I'm forced to use it, and I think it has too much graphing and not enough math.

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