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# Precalculus Essentials

**by**Blitzer, Robert F.

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## Author Biography

**Bob Blitzer** is a native of Manhattan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in mathematics and psychology (minor: English literature) from the City College of New York. His unusual combination of academic interests led him toward a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Miami and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from Nova University. Bob is most energized by teaching mathematics and has taught a variety of mathematics courses at Miami-Dade College for nearly 30 years. He has received numerous teaching awards, including Innovator of the Year from the League for Innovations in the Community College, and was among the first group of recipients at Miami-Dade College for an endowed chair based on excellence in the classroom. Bob has written *Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Essentials of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Algebra for College Students, Thinking Mathematically, College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry*, *Precalculus*, and Trigonometry all published by Pearson.

## Table of Contents

**P. Prerequisite**

P Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra

P.1 Algebraic Expressions, Mathematical Models, and Real Numbers

P.2 Exponents and Scientific Notation

P.3 Radicals and Rational Exponents

P.4 Polynomials

P.5 Factoring Polynomials

P.6 Rational Expressions

**1. Functions and Graphs**

1.1 Graphs and Graphing Utilities

1.2 Basics of Functions and Their Graphs

1.3 More on Functions and Their Graphs

1.4 Linear Functions and Slope

1.5 More on Slope

1.6 Transformations of Functions

1.7 Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions

1.8 Inverse Functions

1.9 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles

**2. Polynomial and Rational Functions**

2.1 Complex Numbers

2.2 Quadratic Functions

2.3 Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs

2.4 Dividing Polynomials; Remainder and Factor Theorems

2.5 Zeros of Polynomial Functions

2.6 Rational Functions and Their Graphs

2.7 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities

2.8 Modeling Using Variation

**3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions**

3.1 Exponential Functions

3.2 Logarithmic Functions

3.3 Properties of Logarithms

3.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

3.5 Exponential Growth and Decay; Modeling Data

**4. Trigonometric Functions**

4.1 Angles and Radian Measure

4.2 Trigonometric Functions: The Unit Circle

4.3 Right Triangle Trigonometry

4.4 Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle

4.5 Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions

4.6 Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions

4.7 Inverse Trigonometric Functions

4.8 Applications of Trigonometric Functions

**5. Analytic Trigonometry**

5.1 Verifying Trigonometric Identities

5.2 Sum and Difference Formulas

5.3 Double-Angle, Power-Reducing, and Half-Angle Formulas

5.4 Product-to-Sum and Sum-to-Product Formulas

5.5 Trigonometric Equations

**6. Additional Topics in Trigonometry**

6.1 The Law of Sines

6.2 The Law of Cosines

6.3 Polar Coordinates

6.4 Graphs of Polar Equations

6.5 Complex Numbers in Polar Form; DeMoivre's Theorem

6.6 Vectors

6.7 The Dot Product