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Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions is a free, open textbook covering a twoquarter precalculus sequence including trigonometry. The first portion of the book is an investigation of functions, exploring the graphical behavior of, interpretation of, and solutions to problems involving linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. An emphasis is placed on modeling and interpretation, as well as the important characteristics needed in calculus.
The second portion of the book introduces trigonometry. Trig is introduced through an integrated circle/triangle approach. Identities are introduced in the first chapter, and revisited throughout. Likewise, solving is introduced in the second chapter and revisted more extensively in the third chapter. As with the first part of the book, an emphasis is placed on motivating the concepts and on modeling and interpretation.
In addition to the paper homework sets, algorithmetically generated online homework is available as part of a complete course shell package, which also includes a sample syllabus, teacher notes with lecture examples, sample quizzes and exams, printable classwork sheets and handouts, and chapter review problems. If you teach in Washington State, you can find the course shell in the WAMAP.org template course list. For those located elsewhere, you can access the course shell at MyOpenMath.com. A selfstudy version of the online course exercises is also available on MyOpenMath.com for students wanting to learn the material on their own, or who need a refresher.
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Note: On June 5, 2017, Edition 2.0 was released. The links below point to this, the most current version. This revision is not page number or section equivalent to the previous 1.x editions.
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Chapter 1: Functions

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Chapter 2: Linear Functions

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Chapter 3: Polynomial and Rational Functions

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Chapter 4: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

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Chapter 5: Trigonometric Functions of Angles

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Chapter 6: Periodic Functions

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Chapter 7: Trigonometric Equations and Identities

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Chapter 8: Further Applications of Trigonometry

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Chapter 9: Conics

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Answers to Selected Exercises  PDF DOCX  
Index  PDF DOCX 
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