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August 13, 2008 0071508643 978-0071508643 2

Schaum's Outline--Problem Solved

For half a century, more than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them study faster, learn better, and get top grades. Now Schaum's celebrates its 50th birthday with a brand-new look, a new format with hundreds of practice problems, and completely updated information to conform to the latest developments in every field of study.

More than 100,000 sold!

This book has been updated to reflect the latest course scope and sequence. Review problems have been added after key chapters as well as more supplementary practice problems. An informal level discussion of limits, continuity, and derivatives has also been added, as well as additional information on the algebra of the dot product, exponential form of complex numbers, and conic sections in polar coordinates-plus business applications such as average rate of change, price/demand and science applications, including projectiles.

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Master precalculus with Schaum's­­the high-performance study guide. It will help you cut study time, hone problem-solving skills, and achieve your personal best on exams! Students love Schaum's Outlines because they produce results. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students improve their test scores and final grades with these indispensable study guides. Get the edge on your classmates. Use Schaum's!

If you don't have a lot of time but want to excel in class, this book helps you:

  • Brush up before tests
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  • Study quickly and more effectively
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Schaum's Outlines give you the information teachers expect you to know in a handy and succinct format­­without overwhelming you with unnecessary details. You get a complete overview of the subject. Plus, you get plenty of practice exercises to test your skill. Compatible with any classroom text, Schaum's lets you study at your own pace and reminds you of all the important facts you need to remember­­fast! And Schaum's are so complete, they're perfect for preparing for graduate or professional exams.

Inside, you will find:

  • 600 detailed problems with step-by-step solutions
  • Clear, concise explanations of all precalculus concepts
  • Complete coverage of the material in precalculus courses
  • A solved-problem approach that teaches you with hands-on help
  • Plenty of exercises to improve your problem-solving skills

If you want top grades and thorough understanding of precalculus, this powerful study tool is the best tutor you can have!

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  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (August 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071508643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071508643
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Prep for Pro-Math Students April 17, 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book in order to learn precalculus because we skipped most of it in my class in order to goto Calculus. Initially the book started out slow because it talked about basic algebraic principles and such, but it got better. This book, I would say, is more for math-oriented students. I myself am not great in math, but spending time with the problems in this book is well worth it. I spent 27 minutes on one problem, and I understood it afterwards, and the satisfaction is great! But yes, this book has very good explanations and almost always never leaves anything out. The only thing I did not like about this book is it skipped some steps which made me take more time with a given problem.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
My intent was to enter Calculus 1 and I had one month to review all the math I'd forgotten over the past 12 years. This book was instrumental in helping me to remember everything necessary to do well in Calculus (I got an A). The solved exercises and the amazing amount of detail in the solutions they provide was nothing short of awesome! I highly recommend this book if you're refreshing yourself in Math that you've forgotten over the years. It covers everything and makes you do exercises to dust off your cobwebs. I still use it even in Calc 2 because I'm constantly going back to the basics. This book had at least 30 problems in each category and it's enough to really get you refreshed and ready for Calc!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this book does help! March 10, 2000
By A Customer
Since the other reviewer and I attend the same university in Raleigh, and we are taking Math 107 (precalculus). I asked him what he thought. He said it is a good book, so I bought it.
While it is certainly no substitute for a good teacher, I found it to be better than my text book, which really isn't of much use. The example used in the book are clear and easy to understand.
This book is also much, much cheaper than my textbook.
Trust me, I stink at math, and I have not been in a math class in 10 years. But, this book is making it easier. For the first time in 16 years, I am passing a math class on the first attempt.
Two nights ago, I used it cram for my mid-term. It really helped a lot. It especially helped me understand difference quotients, which were giving me a lot of trouble.
I intend to buy more of the Schaum's books as I have two more math classes to go. I have to -- I attend a school that values math above all else.
I guess I'm just really glad because I took my midterm last night, and I left class feeling euphoric. I should probably add that I have a great teacher.
I do not think you would regret buying this book if you are having trouble in precalculus.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Review September 22, 2002
If you need a compact review book on Precalculus, a light book
to carry around, to look up for formulas you cannot recall, or
would like to see sample worked examples, then this is the book
for you. Its print is large enough and the notes and explanation
will not strain your eyes as you read through because you want
to revise some lessons quickly. It is a complete Precalculus
text covering most topics. The author, who is an experienced
teacher has selected materials necessary for your course and
exam. Buy it, or give your friend as a good gift...I am sure you
will not regret.
I have rated this book 4 stars, not that it lacks many things
but it will serve as an excellent companion to your regular
textbook, and it will be 5 stars for you if you make good use
of both the texts (this book + your class textbook).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense help July 3, 2000
By Kevin
I bought this book while taking a 6 week college pre-calc summer course. Being that the course was dramatically shortened from the normal 16 weeks to 6 weeks due to the summer curriculum, any extra help available was crucial. By using this book in conjunction with the regular school book, it made it a lot easier to understand things like functions, graphs, logs, and quadratics. This text pretty much follows right along with the in class book but provides many examples with more detailed solutions and different ways of solving them. I received a "B" in the class. Without this book, how knows?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent supplement to any precalculus student. March 17, 2000
By A Customer
This guide can be quite helpful if you need to practice more problems than are in your text book. The guide covers just about everything in the precalculus course I am taking. There were things that I needed to find that I could not find in the guide, however, that is to be expected with any book. I think its a job well done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise June 23, 2009
I like the layout and I think it is presented well, but I do not like the fact that the answers are right next to the questions. I think it would have been better to have a separate answer section so that you aren't influenced by seeing the answer before you've even thought about it.

I've taught precalculus at the college level a number of times and I think this is a better product than most standard textbooks that students will never read (and most can't understand).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for studying for COMPASS math placement test July 31, 2006
Although this would also make a nice supplement for college students taking Precalculus, it really shines as a test preparation manual for students preparing to take the COMPASS math placement test that is required in many junior colleges. It starts with very basic material on the sets of numbers used in algebra, axioms for the real number systems, and precedence of operators and then moves on to cover everything that you should have seen in two years of high school algebra, trigonometry, and analytical geometry. Plus it even has a few chapters at the end on solving systems of linear equations and even some material on partial fraction expansion.

This is not a book with any proofs in it. It is strictly applied mathematics - a "how to" book. The outline is careful to define all terms used, and shows general methods and alternate methods of solutions for different types of problems using clearly numbered steps. The examples and exercises are both excellent illustrations of the concepts involved.

Thus, if you are starting out in college calculus or if you need to pass a college math placement exam at the precalculus level so that you are eligible to enroll in calculus, this is the book that I recommend you use. Remember that it is important for many college students to be eligible to enroll in calculus, since the vast majority of engineering and science undergraduate degrees do not count any math class of a lower skill level than calculus as credit toward their degree plans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-study
I used this book and Schaum's Trigonometry book for Precal self study, and this book is excellent. It covers topics sometimes not discussed in HS classes (additional theorems,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by fretlessjazz
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of examples -- lots of errors
this is a very comprehensive book with lots of problems to work on. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of printing errors in the mathematical formulas that make things very frustrating... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Neal Wakershauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Precalculus Review
I received the manual in excellent condition and am using it in tutoring students in this subject area. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Tomn
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be.
Maybe I didn't properly read what the book was about, maybe i did. But this book was quite useless. I purchased it as an aide to better understand the concepts in my precalculus... Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by N°1
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as a REFERENCE, not a teaching book.
Like most others who have written reviews here, I think this book is wonderful for those students who are either in precalculus or calculus and need a quick reference from time to... Read more
Published on September 17, 2011 by Brian Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
I am a little late in writing this so I'd like to say sorry. The product wasn't what I was looking for but it was exactly what I ordered so that's my fualt. Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Aaron Farris
5.0 out of 5 stars Practice makes perfect
Schaum's outlines supplement concepts learned in the classroom by practicing solving problems of different kinds. Read more
Published on December 13, 2009 by S. Zarate
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review Book or supplemental book
As a math major and tutor I would say that this is a excellent review book or supplemental book. It has quite a few worked examples in it. Read more
Published on November 23, 2008 by NovaGhost
4.0 out of 5 stars You should do this ....
You should read this book before you take on calculus. But use it as an addition to another book for precalculus.
Published on November 12, 2008 by Monique A. Bazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Schaum's Precalculus
Excellent Study Guide. Provides a summary of the theory required to understand each math topic, many worked out examples and supplementary problems with answers at the end of the... Read more
Published on November 4, 2007 by Math Tutor
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