I'm going to be taking a precalculus course in the fall. I'd like to be as prepared as possible for it so that I will be able to get as much out of the class as possible. I have access to a variety of textbooks, some are rather rigourous Precalc texts from the 60s and some are the "modern" precalculus texts from 1990-present. I plan on starting my self study now this semester in my free time and all through the summer. Here is how I see it: the 1960s texts are obviously better because of their rigourous treatment of the topics, however-- their problem sets are small and their list of topics are narrow. The modern precalculus texts have huge problem sets and are probably better for learning technique. Also I've never even had trig yet. I'm not sure which I should go with for my self study. Do I use the modern precalc text and learn the fundamentals of technique? Or do I use the 1960s text and understand the concepts more thoroughly? I cannot make up my mind! Someone help me!