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CliffsQuickReview Precalculus Paperback – March 12, 2004

ISBN-13: 078-5555868656 ISBN-10: 0764539841

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Your effective tutorial for mastering Precalculus

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Precalculus Prerequisites

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

Functions

  • 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 www.calculus-help.com.
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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: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By J. Bricker on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By KayBee on 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 By Bookworm in Houston on 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 By Mr. Math Expert on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dojo Master on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hmph on April 30, 2011
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As long as you have the motivation to study, I think this book will be very helpful to you. It's perfect for the student who can't understand their teacher's explanations and need to use another source to learn. It can also be good for independent study, as that was my reason for using it.

The book begins with math concepts one should know before beginning pre-calculus, and each chapter builds up information to make the student ready for the subsequent chapter. If you're studying the subject on your own, then you'll have to go in order of the chapters. But if you're taking a real class on pre-calculus already, and you just want to review a certain topic, it's easy to find what you're looking for either through the table of contents or the detailed index. After you've completed this book, and understood all its contents, you'd be ready for tackling calculus.

The book is great because the lessons are pretty straightforward. After the topic has been explained well enough, there are one or two practice problems the student can do to see if they understand. It's a shame that this book doesn't contain more practice problems, but I suppose it's okay as long as you have another textbook with problems you can try out. Overall, I would recommend it!
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