Precalculus – John W Coburn – 2nd Edition


Three components contribute to a theme sustained throughout the Coburn Series: that of laying a firm foundation, a solid framework, and providing strong connections. Not only does Coburn present a sound problem-solving process to teach to recognize a problem, organize a procedure, and formulate a , the text encourages students to see beyond procedures in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the big ideas behind mathematical concepts.

Written in a readable, yet mathematically mature manner appropriate for level students, Coburn’s uses narrative, extensive examples, and a range of exercises to connect seemingly disparate mathematical topics into a cohesive whole. Coburn’s hallmark are born out of the author’s extensive experiences in and outside the classroom, and appeal to the vast diversity of students and teaching methods in this course area.

Benefiting from the feedback of hundreds of instructors and students across the country, Precalculus second edition, continues to emphasize connections in order to improve the level of engagement in mathematics and increase their chances of success in college algebra.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Functions and Graphs
Chapter 2: Relations, More on Functions
Chapter 3: Quadratic Functions and Operations on Functions
Chapter 4: Polynomial and Rational Functions
Chapter 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Chapter 6: Introduction to Trigonometry
Chapter 7: Trigonometric Identities, Inverses, and Equations
Chapter 8: Applications of Trigonometry
Chapter 9: Systems of Equations ad Inequalities; Matrices
Chapter 10: Analytical Geometry; Polar and Parametric Equations
Chapter 11: Sequences, Series, Counting, and Probability
Chapter 12: Bridges to Calculus – An Introduction to Limits

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