Precalculus Concepts Through Functions, A Right Triangle Approach to Trigonometry

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Precalculus: Concepts Through Functions, A Right Triangle Approach to Trigonometry, Second Editionembodies Sullivan/Sullivanrs"s hallmarksaccuracy, precision, depth, strong student support, and abundant exerciseswhile exposing readers to functions in the first chapter. To ensure that students master basic skills and develop the conceptual understanding they need for the course, this text focuses on the fundamentals:preparingfor class,practicingtheir homework, andreviewingthe concepts. After using this book, students will have a solid understanding of algebra and functions so that they are prepared for subsequent courses, such as finite mathematics, business mathematics, and engineering calculus. KEY TOPICS: Functions and Their Graphs; Linear and Quadratic Functions; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Trigonometric Functions; Analytic Trigonometry; Applications of Trigonometric Functions; Polar Coordinates; Vectors; Analytic Geometry; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Sequences; Induction; the Binomial Theorem; Counting and Probability; A Preview of Calculus: The Limit; Derivative, and Integral of a Function MARKET: For all readers interested in precalculus.

Author Biography

Mike Sullivan is Professor of Mathematics at Chicago State University, having taught there for more than 30 years. He received his PhD in mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a native of Chicago’s South Side and currently resides in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Mike has four children; the two oldest have degrees in mathematics and assisted in proofing, checking examples and exercises, and writing solutions manuals for this project. His son, Mike Sullivan, III, co-authored the Sullivan Graphing with Data Analysis series as well as this series. Mike has authored or co-authored more than ten books. He owns a travel agency, and splits his time between a condo in Naples, Florida and a home in Oak Lawn, where Mike enjoys gardening.


Mike Sullivan, III is a professor of mathematics at Joliet Junior College. He holds graduate degrees from DePaul University in both mathematics and economics. Mike is an author or co-author on more than 20 books, including a statistics book and a developmental mathematics series. Mike is the father of three children and an avid golfer who tries to spend as much of his limited free time as possible on the golf course.

Table of Contents

Foundations: A Prelude to Functions

F.1 The Distance and Midpoint Formulas

F.2 Graphs of Equations in Two Variables; Intercepts; Symmetry

F.3 Lines

F.4 Circles


1. Functions and Their Graphs

1.1 Functions

1.2 The Graph of a Function

1.3 Properties of Functions

1.4 Library of Functions; Piecewise-defined Functions

1.5 Graphing Techniques: Transformations

1.6 Mathematical Models: Constructing Functions

1.7 Building Mathematical Models Using Variation

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects


2. Linear and Quadratic Functions

2.1 Properties of Linear Functions and Linear Models

2.2 Building Linear Models from Data

2.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Zeros

2.4 Properties of Quadratic Functions

2.5 Inequalities Involving Quadratic Functions

2.6 Building Quadratic Models from Verbal Descriptions and from Data

2.7 Complex Zeros of a Quadratic Function

2.8 Equations and Inequalities Involving the Absolute Value Function

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


3. Polynomial and Rational Functions

3.1 Polynomial Functions and Models

3.2 Properties of Rational Functions

3.3 The Graph of a Rational Function

3.4 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities

3.5 The Real Zeros of a Polynomial Function

3.6 Complex Zeros; Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

4.1 Composite Functions

4.2 One-to-One Functions; Inverse Functions

4.3 Exponential Functions

4.4 Logarithmic Functions

4.5 Properties of Logarithms

4.6 Logarithmic and Exponential Equations

4.7 Compound Interest

4.8 Exponential Growth and Decay; Newton's Law; Logistic Growth and Decay

4.9 Building Exponential, Logarithmic, and Logistic Functions from Data

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


5. Trigonometric Functions

5.1 Angles and Their Measure

5.2 Right Triangle Trigonometry

5.3 Computing the Values of Trigonometric Functions of Acute Angles

5.4 Trigonometric Functions of General Angles

5.5 Unit Circle Approach; Properties of the Trigonometric Functions

5.6 Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions

5.7 Graphs of the Tangent, Cotangent, Cosecant, and Secant Functions

5.8 Phase Shift; Sinusoidal Curve Fitting

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


6. Analytic Trigonometry

6.1 The Inverse Sine, Cosine, and Tangent Functions

6.2 The Inverse Trigonometric Functions (Continued)

6.3 Trigonometric Identities

6.4 Sum and Difference Formulas

6.5 Double-angle and Half-angle Formulas

6.6 Product-to-Sum and Sum-to-Product Formulas

6.7 Trigonometric Equations

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


7. Applications of Trigonometric Functions

7.1 Applications Involving Right Triangles

7.2 The Law of Sines

7.3 The Law of Cosines

7.4 Area of a Triangle

7.5 Simple Harmonic Motion; Damped Motion; Combining Waves

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


8. Polar Coordinates; Vectors

8.1 Polar Coordinates

8.2 Polar Equations and Graphs

8.3 The Complex Plane; DeMoivre's Theorem

8.4 Vectors

8.5 The Dot Product

8.6 Vectors in Space

8.7 The Cross Product

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


9. Analytic Geometry

9.1 Conics

9.2 The Parabola

9.3 The Ellipse

9.4 The Hyperbola

9.5 Rotation of Axes; General Form of a Conic

9.6 Polar Equations of Conics

9.7 Plane Curves and Parametric Equations

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


10. Systems of Equations and Inequalities

10.1 Systems of Linear Equations: Substitution and Elimination

10.2 Systems of Linear Equations: Matrices

10.3 Systems of Linear Equations: Determinants

10.4 Matrix Algebra

10.5 Partial Fraction Decomposition

10.6 Systems of Nonlinear Equations

10.7 Systems of Inequalities

10.8 Linear Programming

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


11. Sequences; Induction; the Binomial Theorem

11.1 Sequences

11.2 Arithmetic Sequences

11.3 Geometric Sequences; Geometric Series

11.4 Mathematical Induction

11.5 The Binomial Theorem

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


12. Counting and Probability

12.1 Counting

12.2 Permutations and Combinations

12.3 Probability

            Chapter Review

            Chapter Test

            Chapter Projects

            Cumulative Review


Appendix A. Review

A.1 Algebra Essentials

A.2 Geometry Essentials

A.3 Polynomials

A.4 Factoring Polynomials

A.5 Synthetic Division

A.6 Rational Expressions

A.7 nth Roots; Rational Exponents

A.8 Solving Equations

A.9 Problem Solving: Interest, Mixture, Uniform Motion, Constant Rate Jobs

A.10 Interval Notation; Solving Inequalities

A.11 Complex Numbers


Appendix B. Graphing Utilities

B.1 The Viewing Rectangle

B.2 Using a Graphing Utility to Graph Equations

B.3 Using a Graphing Utility to Locate Intercepts and Check for Symmetry

B.4 Using a Graphing Utility to Solve Equations

B.5 Square Screens

B.6 Using a Graphing Utility to Graph Inequalities

B.7 Using a Graphing Utility to Solve Systems of Linear Equations

B.8 Using a Graphing Utility to Graph a Polar Equation

B.9 Using a Graphing Utility to Graph Parametric Equations




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