Precalculus: Concepts in Context (with Graphing Calculator Manual, BCA/iLrn™ Tutorial, and InfoTrac) (Available Titles CengageNOW)

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Moran/Davis/Murphy's text implements a modern approach to teaching precalculus by heavily emphasizing contexts in which mathematics can be used to solve real-world problems, and through active involvement of the student in the learning process. Students are asked to answer questions and discover ideas throughout the body of the text, and to explore mathematical concepts in group lab projects. It employs a lively, fun writing style to communicate concepts to students in a way that can be easily understood. Graphing utilities are thoroughly integrated into the text, and their use is required. Users and reviewers have given this text high acclaim for its fresh applications, projects, and wonderful use of the discovery approach.

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Judith Flagg Moran is the director of the mathematics help center at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. She has conducted NSF-funded workshops together with colleagues at the University of Hartford to promote the use of technology and collaborative learning. She is an active member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Association of Women in Mathematics.

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"One of the real strengths of the book is the selection of interesting applications. I have often thought of using tax tables as an example of piecewise linear functions, but I believe this is the first book I have seen that uses that idea very explicitly. The visuals are adequate and very nice. The cartoons are very funny and appropriate."

"The writing style is lively and fun. The strengths of this text are introducing mathematical ideas through real-life phenomena. Beautifully written labs and projects ... encourage students to think independently and learn to work together as a group, and it is absolutely a fun book to read. It is definitely not boring."

"I like the use of applications in the examples as the first exposure to new concepts." "He summaries with chapter section references and the algebra review given at the very end are great."

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