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Algebra and Trigonometry 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132329033
ISBN-10: 0132329034
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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.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8th edition (January 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132329034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132329033
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Regina on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Hedge Fund Manager on June 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big John on February 25, 2012
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I spent hundreds of hours in this book. It is very dense. The book is a two semester course unless you're just taking a refresher. There is a huge amount of material to learn. Don't rush through it. Do the homework and review problems. Work through the examples. ( some of the solutions are pretty tricky so get the solutions manual and keep it handy.) Each section prepares you for the next. Skipping chapters to cram it all in to one semester is not the best course. Our Community College has a 60% drop rate for the single semester course and even then not everyone remaining passes. The information is all there. Chapter reviews facilitate self testing. The summaries will help prepare you for the professor's exams. Sullivan assumes his readers are a serious students. You will not learn the material unless you are as serious about math as he is. Learn what Sullivan presents and you'll be ready for calculus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Double D on November 19, 2012
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Although I have a degree in mechanical engineering, I have worked my whole career as a computer programmer and have had little excuse to use higher math beyond algebra for the last 20 years. As my kids entered middle school, I found that while I can easily SOLVE their math work I could not as easily explain to them how to do it themselves, especially in the actual mathematical language (rotten Singapore math!). I realized that many years of hard earned math knowledge had faded from disuse and that I had better revive some of it to stay ahead of my children as they progressed. That said, I was still comfortable with the concepts of algebra, trigonometry, differential calculus, and integral calculus, just not many of the particular techniques used to actually solve complex problems or some of the precise language used to describe and define them. In my quest to regain these skills I figured that the place to start would be advanced algebra and especially trigonometry, as trig and trig identities figure prominently in most practical advanced mathematics.

I came to this book because it was the recommended text of a pre-calculus class offered by Prof. Rosenthal of FIU that I found on iTunes U. The class is excellent and I found the book to be the same. For someone working on their own, I have found that there are plenty of examples and answers to most of the exercises in the text can be found in the back of the book. Axioms, laws and definitions are easy to find. I cannot in all honesty speak to how this book would be received by a student exposed to these subjects for the first time, but as a review it has been invaluable and will remain a good reference for the future.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lerner on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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