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Functions Modeling Change: A Preparation for Calculus Paperback – Abridged, November 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471793038 ISBN-10: 0471793035 Edition: 3rd

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Eric Connally is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471793035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471793038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was as described and proven very useful for my son.
Philip Herbert
It gives very brief explanations and examples and then asks questions that it has not addressed at all.
Cindy R. Williams
Maybe I just learn differently than most people, but I hate math books like this one.
Mike F

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Klecan on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have taught Precalculus out of this text (and all its previous editions) on and off over the past ten years, and find it to be a thought-provoking and challenging text, and a good one. What the student reviewers have said is true: the problems are not repetitive, and students often don't like the book... initially. I have found that it takes a bit of time for each new class to adjust to the style of the writing and the conceptual (rather than procedural) approach. There aren't many problems that are worked out line-by-line, so it's a tough book for a kid who wants to learn from the book instead of from the class meetings. If you're shopping for a book to base your course around, this book can be a wonderful option, but what makes it great is the variety and unpredictability in the problems. Students who successfully complete this course should be, at the end, more flexible and independent problem solvers with a rich understanding of the rule of four and how different function families inter-relate, but will need a lot of help along the way to get there. Also, I do supplement the book when we study trig, as our kids don't see trig in Algebra 2, and need a little more time with the basics at the front end. Used in an independent high school, mostly with 11th graders.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike F on February 25, 2009
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Maybe I just learn differently than most people, but I hate math books like this one. It walks you through a few easy examples then drops you into problems. I'm not sure why it splits its exercises into two different sections "Exercises" and then "Problems" continuing the same numbering. Poor writing or micro-managing authors, I guess.

Anyways, The first half of the problems are fine then they start throwing curve balls at you in which you are supposed to magically divine new ways of solving the problems that you have never seen before. I'm sure some of this can help work your brain and all, but often times it just frustrates students until we go to class and the instructor shows us the rule that we supposedly learned 2 years ago and should have remembered to invert in order to solve the equation. It would be ideal for us to remember it all, but that's just not the way it works. Stop trying to punish us and give us a hint or reminder, even in the explanation of the section. Something like "Useful equations to remember"

The only good thing I have found with this book is at the end of the chapters there is a whole section of practice problems which I sat down and worked through before my tests and that helped quite a bit.

The other major complaint I have realized recently is a complaint with most Math books I have used. They only give the answers to the odd problems in the back of the book. Now, I understand they do that so all the little kiddies don't just copy the answers and turn in their homework without doing or learning anything, but for people like me who are actually serious about building a solid foundation in math, I would love to see the answers to all of the problems so I can make sure I am on the right track or figure out what I did wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mm on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a math professor and I inherited this text book to teach precalculus. I have now switched to a different book. Here are a few specific points. It spends so much time in exponential growth/decay, business math, logarithmic models but does little on the actual exponential and logarithmic functions (as preparation to calculus). It treats (only) common log and natural log and not even a word on log with other base. I do not understand why there is a whole chapter (8) on compositions and inverses when that was done in chapter 2. Moreover chapter 8 comes after exponential, logarithmic and trig. functions -- poor arrangement. Last, polynomial and rational functions come later in ch.9 after all of the complicated trig functions/identities. This may be a matter of choice but I would rather do polynomials first.

I must say that it is well written and could be a good pre-business calculus book. I still have a problem endorsing it with this arrangement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Sinklier on June 11, 2010
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This math book is so bad that it makes me question the math department that chose it at my school. It has the least explanations, the most poorly drawn graphs, and is easily the most boring math book I've ever used. It could have easily been made with a typewriter, that's how bad the its appearance is. I feel cheated by my school for requiring this book. The only thing worse than this book is its accompanying student solutions manual. The one thing you can rely on in any college math class is the solutions manual. No matter how bad your professor is you can absolutely get an A in the class by following the many examples in the solutions manual. This one however only works every-other odd; so 1, 5, 9, 11. It skips entire sections. I feel like these two books have made pre-calculus a nightmare. So thank you Connally, Hughes-Hallett, and Gleason for making math awful for thousands of students. ... I wish I could give it fewer stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. you on February 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I will be very honest with you. If your teacher requires you to buy this book or plans on using this book for your math course, just drop the class. It's not worth the pain of going through a quarter or a semester trying to figure out all the bits and pieces the book just wouldn't explain. I can understand the material and having understood it I just can't believe how they ask certain questions and expect a student to know them based on the examples given. The professor may explain the material but the book doesn't give enough assistance. I feel terrible for the next person who uses this book. Good luck.
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