Trigonometry (with CD-ROM, BCA/iLrn™ Tutorial, Personal Tutor, and InfoTrac) (Available Titles CengageNOW)

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This text provides students with a solid understanding of the definitions and principles of trigonometry and their application to problem solving. Identities are introduced early in Chapter 1. They are reviewed often and are then covered in more detail in Chapter 5. Also, exact values of the trigonometric functions are emphasized throughout the textbook. There are numerous calculator notes placed throughout the text.

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Charles P. "Pat" McKeague earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge, and his M.S. in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. A well-known author and respected educator, he is a full-time writer and a part-time instructor at Cuesta College. He has published twelve textbooks in mathematics covering a range of topics from basic mathematics to trigonometry. An active member of the mathematics community, Professor McKeague is a popular speaker at regional conferences, including the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, the New Mexico Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, and the National Association for Developmental Education. He is a member of the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges, the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges.

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"We decided, as a committee, to adopt Trigonometry because it was the best text available at the time that met all of our adoption criteria. The most important criteria were: 1) included all the necessary topics, 2) well organized and readable by students, 3) clear and careful explanations of topics covered, and 4) a good selection of problems. It has met our expectations because it did, if [sic] fact, meet up to all of our needs."

"The examples in this text are well done. Students are very frustrated when too many steps are left out of an example, but these seem to present their reasoning pretty clearly. In Section 4.3 (graphing with phase shifts) the examples are well constructed and worked out. I appreciate how they start by showing lots of detail and eventually, as you progress through the section, the information is boiled that [sic] down to the essential data -- which is what we want students to be able to do.... The greatest strengths in this text are its coverage of graphing, the right triangle approach to the development of the trig functions, and the organization of the examples (with line by line explanations of the step being performed...It really helps students follow the process if there is 'narration' to what is going on."

"The writing style is well-done and commensurate to the level of our students. The author's writing style is clear, concise, and economical. The author does not waste words in describing a topic or explaining a concept. The presentation of ideas and concepts are [sic] straight-forward, logical, and can be easily understood... The text is well organized, the format is logical and the outline of the problems is easy to follow."

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