Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions (Includes Trig) 2nd Ed

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Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions (Includes Trig) 2nd Ed




The first portion of the book is an investigation of functions, exploring the graphical behavior of, interpretation of, and solutions to problems involving linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. An emphasis is placed on modeling and interpretation, as well as the important characteristics needed in calculus.

The second portion of the book introduces trigonometry. Trig is introduced through an integrated circle/triangle approach. Identities are introduced in the first chapter, and revisited throughout. Likewise, solving is introduced in the second chapter and revisited more extensively in the third chapter. As with the first part of the book, an emphasis is placed on motivating the concepts and on modeling and interpretation.

This book attempts to find a balance between a modern approach to precalculus focusing on applications, problem solving, and concepts and a traditional approach, emphasizing the basic skills needed for calculus.

The second edition adds sections on real and complex roots of polynomials, dot product, and a new chapter on conics.
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David Lippman
Melonie Rasmussen



Cut Rita Zahara


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David Lippman and Melonie Rasmussen, “Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions (Includes Trig) 2nd Ed,” Open Educational Resource (OER) - USK Library, accessed June 20, 2024,

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