Just-in-Time Algebra and Trigonometry for Calculus

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/17/2012
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Are you ready to ace calculus at the college level? With this book, you will be! Professors often say "Students don't fail the calculus, they fail the algebra." In other words, even if you understand calculus, your algebra and trigonometry skills can hold you back. Here's a quick quiz-do you remember how to: Factor trinomials? Solve equations containing exponents and logs? Work with inverse trig functions? If not, that's where this book comes in handy! Just-in-Timeis designed to bolster the algebra and trigonometry skills you'll need while you study calculus. As you make your way through the course, Just-in-Timeis with you every step of the way, showing you the exact algebra or trigonometry topics that you'll need and pointing out potential problem spots. The easy-to-use Table of Contents features the calculus subject listed directly across from the algebra/trigonometry skills needed to master that topic. Use this book as your study companion and put your anxiety to rest!

Author Biography

Guntram B. Mueller received his PhD in Mathematics  from the University of Notre Dame. He has taught calculus many times and is very familiar with the typical strengths and weaknesses in the backgrounds of his students. That experience is what guided him, in cooperation with Dr. Ron Brent, in writing the Just-in-Time series. His advice? Buy the book! It's got just what you need, just in time.


Ronald I. Brent is a Professor of Mathematics at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he has taught since 1987. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Brent is the author of many publications, including three Just-In-Time mathematics texts. His main advice to his calculus students is: “Work on your homework as if your life in this course depends upon it. Because it does!

Table of Contents

Calculus Topic: Review of Basics

1. Numbers and Their Disguises

Brackets, multiplying and dividing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, exponents, roots, percent, scientific notation, calculators, rounding, intervals


Calculus Topic: Circles, Parabolas, etc.

2. Completing the Square

Completing the square in one and two variables


Calculus Topic: Equations

3. Solving Equations

Equations of degree 1 and 2, solving other types of equations, rational equations, the zero-factor property


Calculus Topic: Functions and Graphs

4. Functions and Their Graphs

Introduction, equations of lines, power functions, shifting graphs, intersection of curves


Calculus Topic: Limits

5. Changing the Form of a Function

Factoring, canceling, long division, rationalizing, extracting a factor from under a radical


Calculus Topic: Derivatives

6. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

Working with difference quotients and rational functions, canceling common factors, rationalizing expressions


Calculus Topic: Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions

7. Cyclic Phenomena: The Six Basic Trigonometric Functions

Angles, definitions of the six trigonometric functions, special angles, graphs involving sin x and cos x, graphs of complex trigonometric functions


Calculus Topic: The Chain Rule

8. Composition and Decomposition of Functions

Composite functions, inner, outer, and outermost functions, decomposing composite functions


Calculus Topic: Implicit Differentiation

9. Equations of Degree 1 Revisited

Solving linear equations involving derivatives


Calculus Topic: Related Rates, Applied Max-Min Problems

10. Word Problems

Algebraic word problems; the geometry of rectangles, circles and spheres, trigonometric word problems, right angle triangles, the law of sines and the law of cosines


Calculus Topic: Integrating Trigonometric Functions

11. Trigonometric Identities

Rewriting trigonometric expressions using identities



A. Exponential Functions

B. Inverse Functions

C. Logarithmic Functions

D. Inverse Trigonometric Functions

E. The Binomial Theorem

E. Derivation of the Quadratic Formula


Answers to Exercises


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