Contemporary College Algebra and Trigonometry: A Graphing Approach (with CD-ROM, Make the Grade, and InfoTrac)

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9780534432416: Contemporary College Algebra and Trigonometry: A Graphing Approach (with CD-ROM, Make the Grade, and InfoTrac)

Intended to provide a flexible approach to the college algebra and trigonometry curriculum that emphasizes real-world applications, this text integrates technology into the presentation without making it an end in itself, and is suitable for a variety of audiences. Mathematical concepts are presented in an informal manner that stresses meaningful motivation, careful explanations, and numerous examples, with an ongoing focus on real-world problem solving. Pedagogical elements including chapter opening applications, graphing explorations, technology tips, calculator investigations, and discovery projects are some of the tools students will use to master the material and begin applying the mathematics to solve real-world problems. CONTEMPORARY COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY includes a full review of basic algebra in Chapter 0 and full coverage of trigonometry to prepare students for the standard science/engineering calculus sequence. (The companion volume, CONTEMPORARY COLLEGE ALGEBRA includes all of the non-trigonometry topics, covered in sufficient detail to prepare a student for a business/social science calculus course.) Those who are familiar with the author's CONTEMPORARY PRECALCULUS should note that this book covers topics in a different order, and with a slower, gentle approach. Also, more drill exercises are included.

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Thomas W. Hungerford received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Washington and at Cleveland State University, and is now at St. Louis University. His research fields are algebra and mathematics education. He is the author of many notable books for undergraduate and graduate level courses. In addition to ABSTRACT ALGEBRA: AN INTRODUCTION, these include: ALGEBRA (Springer, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, #73. 1974); MATHEMATICS WITH APPLICATIONS, Tenth Edition (Pearson, 2011; with M. Lial and J. Holcomb); and CONTEMPORARY PRECALCULUS, Fifth Edition (Cengage, 2009; with D. Shaw).

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"It is obvious that the author has spent a great deal of time to incorporate technology in an appropriate way. I particularly like the way in which he asks the student to first check graphically the trig identity(s) he/she is trying to prove." "[The] Technology Investigations really help students to have a better and more meaningful understanding of the subject matter. They also help students to have a deeper conceptual understanding. Both the presentation of the materials and the problem sets are excellent. The text contains outstanding applied problems. Additionally, it contains well thought out "Discovery Projects."

"The use of the calculator investigations/explorations within the text does a very good job of illustrating the algebraic properties or solving techniques that are being discussed. The directions are easy to follow and it is clear as to what the student is actually trying to explore." "I found the text easy to read, there were plenty of examples for the students to use to help guide them with the homework, and the page layouts were neither cluttered nor confusing."

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