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This bestselling author team explains concepts simply and clearly, without glossing over difficult points. Problem solving and mathematical modeling ...Show synopsisThis bestselling author team explains concepts simply and clearly, without glossing over difficult points. Problem solving and mathematical modeling are introduced early and reinforced throughout, providing students with a solid foundation in the principles of mathematical thinking. Comprehensive and evenly paced, the book provides complete coverage of the function concept, and integrates a significant amount of graphing calculator material to help students develop insight into mathematical ideas. The authors' attention to detail and clarity - the same as found in James Stewart's market-leading Calculus text - is what makes this text the proven market leader.Hide synopsis

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Description:UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 877 pages. What does a student...UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 877 pages. What does a student really need to know to prepare for calculus? This question has motivated the writing of this text. To be prepared to study calculus a student needs not only technical skills, but also a clear understanding of concepts in other words, a proper appreciation for what mathematics is all about. We believe that nearly all instructors are committed to the goal of transmitting conceptual understanding. This book was written to provide such instructors and their students with the tools needed to achieve this goal. The calculus reform movement has obvious implications for the teaching of pre-calculus. Indeed, the goals of this movement (the primary goal is a focus on conceptual understanding) are best served by implementing its strategies in the precalculus curriculum. In practical implementations of the goals of reform, instructors are using many different approaches. Some use technology to help students become active learners; others use the rule of four, "topics should be presented geometrically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally, " as well as an expanded emphasis on applications to promote conceptual reasoning; still others use group learning or writing exercises as a way of encouraging students to explore their own understanding of a given concept. In this book we have used all these methods of presenting precalculus mathematics as enhancements to a central core of fundamental skills. These methods are tools to be utilized by instructors and their students to chart their own course of action towards the goal of conceptual understanding.

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Book is actually pretty good, I like the fact that its first chapter is a review of stuff from intermediate algebra...if you are using this book...and you have just finished intermediate/college algebra...get this book and do each section of ch. 1...this will set you up for a good foundation for the rest of the class. I like the visuals of the book...I have the most recent edition.

A beautiful presentation and treatment of all math required before studying calculus. Comprehensive, and a strong focus on theory. Lots of problems to test yourself. Get through this and then star in your calculus study, as you are now VERY well prepared.

This book is one of the best out there in the current markets. Dr. Stewart explains this subject with geometrical shapes to better understand the subject. For example he explains and proves the the phytogorean theorem, laws of sines and cosines, and alot more. Highly recommend this book as well as his other ones like college algebra and calculus. He is an expert in this subjects. The best way to master a theorem in math is to prove and applied its existence and this book aims at teaching this principles.