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Text books for self study

  1. Mar 24, 2007 #1

    I will be a junior next school year, going into the honors level precalculus courses available at my school. Both precalc functions and precalc trig are required to get into ap calc. There is only one honors level precalc teacher who is a very tough grader and is known for having extraordinarily poor teaching skills to boot. My thought was that by getting a precalc textbook I could learn the math over the summer before the course and hopefully remain unaffected by the teacher. I was wondering if there were any specific recomedations that you have for text books. I have included the material to be covered according to the course outlines.

    Thanks in advance,

    I apologise if this is in the wrong place, however, this appeared to be the most appropriate location.

    Precalc functions includes: graphing transformations, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, solving multiple variable systems, using matrices and determinants, sequences, series, mathematical induction, conics, and rotation of quadratic systems.

    Precalc trig includes: the study of right and oblique triangles trig, analytic trig, vectors in planes and space including dot and cross products, polar and parametric equations and applications, 3d coordinate systems, and an introduction to limits and calculus.
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  3. Mar 24, 2007 #2


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    What you are basically asking for is a good Precaclulus book or College Algebra With Trigonometry book. They are easy to find at used booksales of public libraries. Find one which was written between 1970 and 2000. The prices for each should be very low, maybe $2 maximum for each.
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