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Precalculus / College Algebra, 3rd Edition

Carl Stitz, Jeff Zeager
 
The first half of a precalculus series, covering college algebra. This text takes a "functions first" approach, introducing the idea of a function early. Then as each class of functions is introduced, equations, inequalities, and applications involving functions in that class are discussed. The material is presented at a level to prepare the student for calculus an well as give them relevant mathematics which can be used in other classes as well. Graphing utilities are used sparingly to enhance the mathematics. The exercise sets were intentionally kept smaller to cover all the necessary skills and get the students thinking more deeply about the mathematics involved.
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  • Chapter 1: Relations and Functions
    • 1.1 The Cartesian Coordinate Plane
    • 1.2 Relations
    • 1.3 Graphs of Equations
    • 1.4 Introduction to Functions
    • 1.5 Function Notation
    • 1.6 Function Arithmetic
    • 1.7 Graphs of Functions
    • 1.8 Transformations
  • Chapter 2: Linear and Quadratic Functions
    • 2.1 Linear Functions
    • 2.2 Absolute Value Functions
    • 2.3 Quadratic Functions
    • 2.4 Inequalities
    • 2.5 Regression
  • Chapter 3: Polynomial Functions
    • 3.1 Graphs of Polynomials
    • 3.2 The Factor Theorem and The Remainder Theorem
    • 3.3 Real Zeros of Polynomials
    • 3.4 Complex Zeros and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
  • Chapter 4: Rational Functions
    • 4.1 Introduction to Rational Functions
    • 4.2 Graphs of Rational Functions
    • 4.3 Rational Inequalities and Applications
  • Chapter 5: Further Topics in Functions
    • 5.1 Function Composition
    • 5.2 Inverse Functions
    • 5.3 Other Algebraic Functions
  • Chapter 6: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
    • 6.1 Introduction to Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
    • 6.2 Properties of Logarithms
    • 6.3 Exponential Equations and Inequalities
    • 6.4 Logarithmic Equations and Inequalities
    • 6.5 Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Chapter 7: Hooked on Conics
    • 7.1 Introduction to Conics
    • 7.2 Circles
    • 7.3 Parabolas
    • 7.4 Ellipses
    • 7.5 Hyperbolas
  • Chapter 8: Systems of Equations and Matrices
    • 8.1 Systems of Linear Equations: Gaussian Elimination
    • 8.2 Systems of Linear Equations: Augmented Matrices
    • 8.3 Matrix Arithmetic
    • 8.4 Systems of Linear Equations: Matrix Inverses
    • 8.5 Determinants and Cramer's Rule
    • 8.6 Partial Fraction Decomposition
    • 8.7 Systems of Non-Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Chapter 9: Sequences and the Binomial Theorem
    • 9.1 Sequences
    • 9.2 Summation Notation
    • 9.3 Mathematical Induction
    • 9.4 The Binomial Theorem
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