Bob Blitzer’s unique background in mathematics and behavioral sciences, along with his commitment to teaching, inspired him to develop a precalculus series that gets readers engaged and keeps them engaged. Presenting the full scope of the mathematics is just the first step. Blitzer draws in the reader with vivid applications that use math to solve real-life problems. These applications help answer the question “When will I ever use this?” Readers stay engaged because the book helps them remain focused as they study. The three-step learning system–See It, Hear It, Try It–makes examples easy to follow, while frequent annotations offer the support and guidance of an instructor’s voice. Every page is interesting and relevant, ensuring that readers will actually use their textbook to achieve success!

Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra; Functions and Graphs; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Trigonometric Functions; Analytic Trigonometry; Additional Topics in Trigonometry; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Matrices and Determinants; Conic Sections and Analytic Geometry; Sequences, Induction, and Probability; Introduction to Calculus

For all readers interested in college algebra.

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This text is designed to help students make the transition into calculus. The goals are to present a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry and their applications to authentic real-world problems, as well as to enable the development of problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Blitzer (Miami-Dade Community College) discusses fundamental concepts of algebra; equations, inequalities, and mathematical models; functions and graphs; polynomial and rational, exponential and logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; analytic trigonometry and additional topics; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices and determinants; conic sections and analytic geometry; sequences, induction, and probability; and introduction to calculus. Objectives in each chapter appear in boxed sections, with a color illustration. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)