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Algebra and Trigonometry [Hardcover]

Michael Sullivan
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January 7, 2007 0132329034 978-0132329033 8th

The Eighth Edition of this highly dependable book retains its best features–accuracy, precision, depth, and abundant exercise sets–while substantially updating its content and pedagogy. Striving to teach mathematics as a way of life, Sullivan provides understandable, realistic applications that are consistent with the abilities of most readers. Chapter topics include Graphs; Trigonometric Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Analytic Geometry; Analytic Trigonometry; Counting and Probability; and more. For individuals with an interest in learning algebra and trigonometry as it applies to their everyday lives.

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About the Author

Mike Sullivan Professor of Mathematics at Chicago State University received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology. Mike has taught at Chicago State for over 35 years.  He has been writing textbooks in mathematics for over 30 years. Mike has authored or co-authored over ten books. He is a native of Chicago’s South Side and currently resides in Oaklawn. He has four children: Kathleen, who teaches college mathematics, Mike III, who co-authors many titles as well as teaches college mathematics, Dan, who is a Prentice Hall sales representative, and Colleen, who teaches middle-school mathematics. Nine grandchildren round out the family.


Why I Wrote This Book:


As a professor of mathematics at an urban public university for over 35 years, I understand the varied needs of precalculus students who range from having little mathematical background and a fear of mathematics courses to those who have had a strong mathematical education and are highly motivated.  For some of your students, this will be their last course in mathematics, while others may decide to further their mathematical education.  I have written this text for both groups.  As the author of precalculus, engineering calculus, finite math and business calculus texts, and, as a teacher, I understand what students must know if they are to be focused and successful in upper level mathematics courses.  However, as a father of four, I also understand the realities of college life.  I have taken great pains to insure that this text contains solid, student-friendly examples and problems, as well as a clear writing style.  I encourage you to share with me your experiences teaching from this text.


The eighth edition of this series builds upon a solid foundation by integrating new features and techniques that further enhance student interest and involvement.  The elements of the previous edition that have proved successful remain, while many changes, some obvious, others subtle, have been made.  A huge benefit of authoring a successful series is the broad-based feedback upon which improvements and additions are ultimately based.  Virtually every change to this edition is the result of thoughtful comments and suggestions made from colleagues and students who have used the previous edition.  I am sincerely grateful for this feedback and have tried to make changes that improve the flow and usability of this text.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8th edition (January 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132329034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132329033
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I got this book for the sole reason of learning trig and some pre-calculus algebra. I must say I am highly disappointed. It has been months since I bought it and I have completed it. In most math textbooks up until now, you have probably been used to completing the problems by looking at the examples in a chapter, plugging in different values in the examples then mindlessly calculating without ever getting any sense of the purpose or meaning behind the subject matter. That is exactly what you will be doing in this book. First there is almost no attempt to "connect the dots" and this book suffers from the writing style that has plagued low level math textbooks for way too long. That is, the book is written to show you how to solve problems as quickly, as painless (and as blinded) as possible. Nearly all problems in this book may be completed by plugging in different values to the examples. There are very few proofs given (not that I expected a lot) and very few attempts to say things such as "Method B follows directly from method A you learned early." Or "Method B, is really just a clever use of the Pythagorean theorem.". Many times there will be chapters with little (but enough) explaining, then you get a chapter which would require a lot of explaining, but instead is very packed in very dense paragraphs full of definitions. This is fine for me, but would probably confuse alot of "non-math" people. Overall there is a ton of (very easy) problems in the book, though they are not all easy. There is also a lot of "applied" problems which are really scenarios which would probably never occur in the real world (don't get me wrong some of the applied problem are quite interesting, but about 95% of them are not). Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book - period June 15, 2007
I am 55 years old and promised myself that when I became financially able I would relearn Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculus I, II,III & IV and ODE skills from start to finish. I am now finished with Sullivan's book I have found the book easy to read and understand. The presenation of the material is well thought out and the abundance of practice problems invaluable. If you are serious about math then this is a great book.

A retired hedge fund manager.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars from a college math instructor October 11, 2010
This book is improperly organized - concepts in mathematics must be understood from the easiest level to the most difficult - this book presents the material for memorization, NOT understanding. This is the first time that I encounter math organized in such a way. While everything is explained well enough, the lumping together of too much information for difficult concepts makes it difficult to learn properly. Try McKeague instead, same title, just a much better book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong book July 1, 2013
By Jaide
Ordered this book for my 1050 math class and got a totally different book! I should have double checked but I didn't and now I have to buy another, if purchasing I suggest getting from a book store or chegg. Not here
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy October 3, 2009
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I am not a big fan of this product. It took me approximately 3 weeks to receive this item, as well as the fact that it is misleading. I was under the impression that it had a mymathlab code that came with the book, but it did not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good math book July 20, 2013
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I love it because its the book my instructor uses and its clean and neat I will keep it that's all for now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once book you should never be without April 4, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When it comes to old college text books, everyone is always in a hurry to sell their books. This is the one I wished I hadn't. You're going to be parents someday and it is an awesome review/reference for all the questions you will be answering - and yes, it's better than the internet at this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
Book was delivered quickly and it came in the conditions as stated on the posting. Thank you very much for the textbook... Five Stars
Published on August 25, 2011 by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Precal review condition
The Sullivan book was great! no torn pages, none ripped,book came in mail quickly. Practically new! Thanks so much for your website.
Published on April 3, 2011 by Ana
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This book was advertised as being a "Hardcover" copy. When I recieved my shipment in the mail (a day late even after I payed to expedite it), it came as a piece of paper with a... Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by gymmer
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I never received this book because it got lost in the process. I then had to order it through the school book store and pay full price.
Published on September 13, 2010 by Bruce J. Perlroth
3.0 out of 5 stars damaged book, company good
When the book arrived, the shipping box was very damaged on one end. The book was not pack properly and also was quite damaged. Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by cn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand new and much cheaper than the college bookstore
This item was at least $60 cheaper than what my college bookstore wanted for it.
Published on June 11, 2010 by Merissa A. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to MyMathLab
This book is helpful when used along side MyMathLab. Good for college level algrebra and trig, and for brushing up on pre-calculus (since you will need this basic info before... Read more
Published on May 22, 2010 by Hermae Q. Sartin
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