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Precalculus (8th Edition) 8th Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0132256889
ISBN-10: 0132256886
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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.

 

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132256886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132256889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Aviva on 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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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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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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This is without a doubt the worst math book I've ever had the misfortune of using. It doesn't doesn't go in to any amount of detail as to how to solve half the problems it gives.
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Works great.
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Great book
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