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When you study from a Mathematics book, you are not reading in the same way as if it were a novel of a story. You are trying to understand concepts and learn skills. This requires a much different kind of effort than for a fiction or nonfiction story. You might spend 5 hours to cover 3 pages of a Math book; while in 5 hours of a novel, you might cover maybe 50 to 60 pages.... or more. Often you must reread those same 3 pages of a Math book as much as 8 to 10 times. You also must try example problems and any guided practice problems to help you explore the Math concepts and develop your skills. Yes, the Mathematics is dense and technical. The books usually include some discussion about the topics presented... discussion and explanations. Those discussions are usually both reliable and efficient (again, I say this about good Precalculus, Intermediate Algebra, and Trigonometry books).

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Also in this forum section, one is not to ask for books, we have a special sub-forum for that issue (Academic & Career Guidance --> Science Book Reviews )

In this subsection of PF, however, you might be able to find internet-references on pre-calculus math. Or whatever you are looking for.

Please keep the structure of PF clean

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Use this site, it has all that you will ever need to know about PreCalc. Good Luck! :)

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I have 2 recommendations.

Algebra and Trigonometry - Cythia Young.

Algebra and Trigonometry - Sullivan, Sullivan.

Precalculus - Sullivan, Sullivan.

The precalc and algebra and trig book by sullivan are the same things, just that the precalc book includes a preview to calculus, one chapter at the back.

Hope this helps.

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This is the easiest book that you could ever find on the subject. It is a self teaching guide and a very good introduction to pre calculus.

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This is the easiest book that you could ever find on the subject. It is a self teaching guide and a very good introduction to pre calculus.

Have you read the Thompson book? How do they compare?

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Thompson expects you to know the pre-calculus material *including* complex numbers and functions. Martin Gardner's new introduction does define some basic mathematical concepts (like function) very well. I'd say buy it, read it (and do the examples!), and see how far you get.

Then, when you get stuck, don't panic, but go back to "Pre-calculus demystified", and hope for demystification :-) Note, don't expect any single book "to work". If you get stuck get down to the library and look up "complex numbers", "functions", whatever in any likely looking (i.e., easy looking!) books. You can also use the "look ahead" feature on Amazon to check if the book explains the concepts in ways that you can understand. The following is a nice, easy to read, non-textbook:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/039304002X/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

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Have you read the Thompson book? How do they compare?

No but the demystified one is like easier than the one for dummies though dunno. The author made a good job when it comes to explaining the concepts in a way that everyone could understand. the cool thing is that the demystified brand has easy self teaching gudie of almsot every branch of math and physics.

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I always found that the best way to get a comfortable understanding of something was to get an explaination from different sources. Incidentally, if anyone has an interest in radio electronics, I would suggest they start with the book by Marcus & Marcus. Same rules apply.

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When I hit college, I took the entry exam and had the option to go into Calculus, but I chose Trig instead as I'm majoring in Mathematics and would like to know as much material as possible. They also include a Primer Chapter, to help you freshen up your Pre-PreCalculus material.

Overall, I passed the exam and had the option to go to Calculus...so I mean, I guess it worked! Highly recommended...

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