From the author of two bestselling Complete Idiot’s Guides‚ comes a book aimed at high school and college students who need course help or a brush-up. It follows a standard precalculus curriculum, includes sample problems, and will help students make sense of their textbooks. Difficult topics, such as quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing trig functions, and matrix operations are presented with W. Michael Kelley’s signature wit and wisdom. • College enrollment is projected to increase 23% between 2000 and 2013 • According to figures released by ACT Inc., nearly 75% of all college-bound students take precalculus or calculus in high school • Author is an award-winning math teacher recognized for his ability to make intimidating math topics approachable for even the most terrified students
W. Michael Kelley
Kelley, W. Michael
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This book is worth its weight in gold. However, it is not a substitute for a complete textbook. Mr. Kelley has a gift. He makes algebra and trigonometry easy to understand. My students rave about The Complete Idiot's Guide to Precalculus. Regardless of your ability level this book will significantly increase your insight and understanding. Many teachers can do precalculus. There are not a lot of teachers who are good at explaining precalculus. W Michael Kelley is great. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Precalculus is so good I felt compelled to write this review. You will cherish the book.
First off let me invite you to recognize that different schools teach different parts of the mathematical spectrum for this course. But a very comprehensive course will essentially review the end of algebra II, some trig., then introduce some parts of calculus to give you an idea where your gonna be going with this stuff. Really though one could say it's just advanced algrebra dealing with new forms of functions.
Also let's understand that this book is not meant to be a textbook and thus will not be loaded with practice problems. That's not generally included in a study aid/self teaching guide like this. However, I do admit this book was short on the examples as well as practice problems, so I say this tongue in cheek.
So how does this book stack up? It's great! Really it is. It covers nearly everything that you'll be looking at in Pre-calculus. One thing it does skip though is Polynomial Functions. It does cover polynomials, even the fundamental theorem of...
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Precalculus is an excellent book for readers who want to venture into the Land of Calculus, but fear they have neither the skill nor the "mathematical mind" to do so. At the end of this journey, you'll feel calm, confident and ready to do battle with "The Calculus." Highly recommended to math-phobes everywhere!
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