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Master Math: Pre-Calculus 2nd Edition

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Debra Anne Ross has a double BA in Chemistry and Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and and MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. Debra's career encompasses biology, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, biosensors, pharmaceutical drug discovery, and intellectual property. She is the author of the popular Master Math books, The 3:00 PM Secret: Live Slim and Strong Live Your Dreams, The 3:00 PM Secret: Ten Day Dream Diet (2009), and Arrows Through Time: A Time Travel Tale of Adventure, Courage, and Faith (2009).
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Product Details

  • Series: Master Math
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 2 edition (May 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598639811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598639810
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is pretty small but it gives great explanations of geometric shapes, angles, and trig functions like tan, sin, cos, and others. It's straight to the point and I learned from it very quickly. I highly suggest getting this book before moving on to a more advanced, or even just a regular geometry or trig book.
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This is a nicely written and well-organized book. While not error-free, the relative number of mathematical errors seems similar to review books from competitors.

The text's main flaw is its breadth of coverage. It's really closer in size to a pamphlet than a book. Particularly as the font appears to have been "artificially" enlarged to make this short work appear even longer. You can confirm this yourself by using Amazon helpful, "Look inside this book" feature. Compared to, for example, the author's "Master Math: Calculus" in this same series, the font here appears to be about 40% larger. In addition, sections often end with considerable white space remaining before the end of the page.

Even with its larger font, this is quite a small-sized text, excluding the index, of less than 170 pages. Using a more typical font size, this text would probably be around 100 pages long. Of the 170 pages. about 90 pages are actually devoted to pre-calculus and geometry. The remainder, almost one-half the book, covers calculus topics: limits, derivatives, and integrals. Thus, the breadth of coverage of both pre-calculus and geometry is quite limited. This allows the author to concentrate on some key topics in both areas, but a consequence is that breadth of coverage is relatively minimal.

One of the earlier reviewers said, "Lots of good trig". While what's presented is nicely done, the chapter on trigonometry is less than 20 pages, and there are some presentation problems. For example, the graphs for the sine and cosine appear to have been constructed from joined semicircles rather than displaying actual sine and cosine functions.
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Joining others in the 'Master Math' series is this fine introduction on calculus, covering the basics of sets, functions and integrals. Basic formulas, principals, discussions of sequences and progressions, and step-by-step directions link formulas to everyday life and provide calculus students with an excellent foundation for progressing to the next step. The result is a 'must' for any high school or college collection where calculus is an introductory course, and for any student taking it.
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By A Customer on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Master Math: Pre-Calculus Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 Geometry
1.1. Lines and angles 1.2. Polygons 1.3. Triangles 1.4. Quadrilaterals (four sided polygons) 1.5. Circles 1.6. Perimeter and area of planar two-dimensional shapes 1.7. Volume and surface area of three-dimensional objects 1.8. Vectors
Chapter 2 Trigonometry
2.1. Introduction 2.2. General trigonometric functions 2.3. Addition, subtraction and multiplication of two angles 2.4. Oblique triangles 2.5. Graphs of cosine, sine, tangent, secant, cosecant and cotangent 2.6. Relationship between trigonometric and exponential functions 2.7. Hyperbolic functions
Chapter 3 Sets and Functions 3.1. Sets 3.2. Functions
Chapter 4 Sequences, Progressions and Series
4.1. Sequences 4.2. Arithmetic progressions 4.3. Geometric progressions 4.4. Series 4.5. Infinite series: convergence and divergence 4.6. Tests for convergence of infinite series 4.7. The power series 4.8. Expanding functions into series 4.9. The binomial expansion
Chapter 5 Limits
5.1. Introduction to limits 5.2. Limits and continuity
Chapter 6 Introduction to the Derivative
6.1. Definition 6.2. Evaluating derivatives 6.3. Differentiating multivariable functions 6.4. Differentiating polynomials 6.5. Derivatives and graphs of functions 6.6. Adding and subtracting derivatives of functions 6.7. Multiple or repeated derivatives of a function 6.8. Derivatives of products and powers of functions 6.9. Derivatives of quotients of functions 6.10. The chain rule for differentiating complicated functions 6.11. Differentiation of implicit vs. explicit functions 6.12. Using derivatives to determine the shape of the graph of a function (minimum and maximum points) 6.13.
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By Jay on September 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the third one in the `Master Math' series. Like the earlier ones, this too follows the same style. Simple, but effective. As I told in the review for the first two books, I was looking for a book to brush up my math after 22 years. I am repeating the same stuff, just keep one thing in mind; this is neither a text book nor a replacement for it. Written in a very simple and clear language and it is not just a collection of formulas and definitions. If you are starting after a long break, it is better you follow the reading order, go through the first and second books first. I agree with one of the reviewer with respect to the value of `Pi'; it is written clearly as "The value of Pi is 22/7 or approximately 3.141592654" but when we divide 22 by 7, what we get is 3.14285714 `. About the confusion regarding the relationship of pi, circumference and diameter, the book clearly says that "More specifically, Pi is equivalent to the circumference divided by the diameter of a circle". This book won't disappoint you. If all you want is to brush up or learn the basics or a fast reference, this is the book for you. If you are serious about the subject, add one more book and don't minus this.
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