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Precalculus (8th Edition) [Hardcover]

Michael Sullivan
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March 22, 2007 0132256886 978-0132256889 8

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; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Trigonometric Functions; Analytic Trigonometry; Analytic Geometry; Counting and Probability; A Preview of Calculus; and more. For individuals with an interest in learning Precalculus as it applies to their everyday lives.

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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: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132256886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132256889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Self Study July 13, 2013
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Excellent book for self study: Clear explanation and easy paced. This book along with 'Precalculus: Graphs and Models' by Marvin Bittinger will be sufficient
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chapters on Trigonometry June 1, 2010
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The best part that make this book stand out is the way it presents trigonometry. Take those chapters out, ignore the answer sheet (really, they shouldn't be solutions if the ends are not accompanied by the means), take a class with an excellent teacher, you're set for calculus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good learning... but still a textbook September 11, 2011
By Mary H.
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This textbook is just that. A textbook. i found this book to have very good information and ways of getting that information across to me. It comes with a C-Drom that can go over each section on the computer. good index in the back of the book and learning tools to help you remember what you learned in past math classes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best January 14, 2013
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I had to buy this book for my college class and while it had some helpful examples, it uses the term itself in the definition for said terms which is the most confusing thing any math book could do, especially for someone like myself who is just god awful at math. Maybe I'm just dumb and don't understand math speak, but really, shouldn't a textbook be trying to help me understand? Examples are pretty good even though it seems to skip some steps and I get lost. Fortunately I had a good teacher and the book was just kind of around as extra. I still wish it had been more helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great help.. April 1, 2012
By netjes
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this was a great help with my online courses, because I was able to use it anytime and take it with me when I go out of town. E-books are good but, an original hardcopy is wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book December 25, 2011
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Good condition and got it fast. Very satisfied with seller. The only problem is the case for the CD's was completely destroyed.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite ok October 2, 2011
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The book was used, so a bit worn. However it had almost no writing inside and it was far better than purchasing a new one that was to be used just a few months!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Precalculus June 22, 2008
By Tony G.
Precalculus (8th Edition) is a great textbook. A little on the heavy side (as in the weight of the book, need a wheel barrel to get it around).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Cal Textbook
It's a good looking book, there are no pages missing. The only writing on it is with pencil, but that's fine. Read more
Published on February 15, 2011 by Lemony Snikket
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2.0 out of 5 stars Book advertised as in good condition, when really only acceptable
Purchased this book as a book in good condition and the book is separating from the binding. I would call it only acceptable condition which is not what i purchased. Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by Dominique Bemis
1.0 out of 5 stars My calculus book
The book was not in good shape at all, the whole book was literaly taped together. Alot of the pages had fallen off, the only good part was that the pages were not missing. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by marcy
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perhaps this seller is recently deceased. if not, there is no excuse to tie up one's account waiting on a needed item for weeks. shipping soon.... what a joke! Read more
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The book came pretty fast. I needed it for my college courses starting in two weeks but I was going back to NC to visit, so had the book sent there and it arrived pretty early and... Read more
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