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CliffsQuickReview Precalculus [Paperback]

W. Michael Kelley
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March 12, 2004 0764539841 978-0764539848
CliffsQuickReview course guides cover the essentials of your toughest classes. You're sure to get a firm grip on core concepts and key material and be ready for the test with this guide at your side.

Whether you're new to functions, analytic geometry, and matrices or just brushing up on those topics, CliffsQuickReview Precalculus can help. This guide introduces each topic, defines key terms, and walks you through each sample problem step-by-step. In no time, you'll be ready to tackle other concepts in this book such as

  • Arithmetic and algebraic skills
  • Functions and their graphs
  • Polynomials, including binomial expansion
  • Right and oblique angle trigonometry
  • Equations and graphs of conic sections
  • Matrices and their application to systems of equations

CliffsQuickReview Precalculus acts as a supplement to your textbook and to classroom lectures. Use this reference in any way that fits your personal style for study and review — you decide what works best with your needs. You can either read the book from cover to cover or just look for the information you want and put it back on the shelf for later. What's more, you can

  • Use the free Pocket Guide full of essential information
  • Get a glimpse of what you’ll gain from a chapter by reading through the Chapter Check-In at the beginning of each chapter
  • Use the Chapter Checkout at the end of each chapter to gauge your grasp of the important information you need to know
  • Test your knowledge more completely in the CQR Review and look for additional sources of information in the CQR Resource Center
  • Use the glossary to find key terms fast.

With titles available for all the most popular high school and college courses, CliffsQuickReview guides are a comprehensive resource that can help you get the best possible grades.

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Your effective tutorial for mastering Precalculus

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About the contents:

Precalculus Prerequisites

  • Algebraic properties
  • Exponential, radical, polynomial, and rational expressions
  • Equations, inequalities, and linear equations


  • Function graphs and transformations
  • Combining and composing functions
  • Graphing and finding inverse functions
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions

Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

  • Measuring angles and working with triangles
  • Inverse trigonometric functions
  • Analytic trigonometry including quadratic equations
  • Vectors and trigonometry of complex numbers
  • Equations and graphs of conic sections and hyperbolas

Matrices and Systems of Equations

  • Two-variable, linear, and non-linear systems
  • Solving systems of equations with matrices
  • Inverse matrices
  • Linear programming

Review and Resources

  • Tear-out pocket-guide for key formulas and concepts
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Handy Chapter Check-ins/Chapter Checkouts introduce new concepts and test your knowledge

We take great notes–and make learning a snap

About the Author

W. Michael Kelley taught high school math for seven years; during that time he received the Outstanding High School Mathematics Teacher award from the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Additionally, he taught calculus for five years at the college level. He currently works at the University of Maryland as an Academic Technology Coordinator for the College of Education. He runs a Web site for calculus help at

Product Details

  • Series: Cliffs Quick Review
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764539841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764539848
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

W. Michael Kelley taught high school mathematics for seven years before leaving to work at the University of Maryland College Park Education College. After serving as the Director of Teacher Preparation at the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence for nearly 10 years, he now works for Laureate Education, developing online coursework for colleges and universities.

His life goal is to make math hurt less.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book December 9, 2006
I bought this book to help me with my Pre-Calculus work and found it v ery helpful, however it does come up a bit short in comparison to what is included in most of today's precalculus textbooks. I would say that 75-85% of my textbook was included in this book. What was included in the book was extremely helpful as a last minute test review which reflected on my test scores.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book January 15, 2010
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The author of this book truly understands what layman's terms means because it breaks down all the unnecessary nonsense the writer of my precal textbook put in it to try to seem more intelligent than they actually are.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the novice July 22, 2010
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I bought this to familiarize myself with Calculus in preparation for my Masters Degree. It did help but as a math novice I didn't get as much out of it as I could have if I had more training.

If you have had pre-calculus and are looking to review, this would be a good choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy Study Guide Review. May 23, 2013
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Rate: 5/5

5/13: Of course, CliffsQuickReview: Precalculus was written by W. Michael Kelley. Anyone who owns his Humongous series or AP Calculus AB/BC books will be undoubtedly familiar with his excellence when it comes to coverage per subject in mathematics. CliffsQuickReview: Precalculus is a very thorough review of the who's who of algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. Reading through it, I feel that the author did a great job of getting all the essential knowledge together to get ready for Calculus. Believe it or not, I do not need the book because the information contained in the book are second nature knowledge to me. My point is that: make sure to review the book and commit the rest of what you don't know to memory. If you do that, you've just mastered the basics of algebra, trigonometry, and (not all of) geometry. It's not impossible, but it takes time and a great deal of hard work. All in all, CliffsQuickReview: Precalculus is a very handy book to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good December 28, 2011
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This book is good because I'm not exceptional at math and I've always had trouble the more I foray into math.Calculus has always been a monstrosity in my opinion and this book helps ease my learning of it because it gives a steady pace with which to learn and helps reinforce some things one may have forgotten in years of negligence.
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