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Best Precalculus Textbook?

JenniferJones08JenniferJones08 Posts: 147Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2007 in High School Life
What is the best precalculus text book in your opinion that gives good examples and problems for you to practice on? Organization and the easy level of ability to comprehend would also be nice.
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  • fizix2fizix2 Posts: 3,570Registered User Senior Member
    Get "College Algebra and Trigonometry" by Kolman, Levitan, Shapiro (I think).
    It might be called "Precalculus" these days.
  • nickel75nickel75 Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
    Precalculus: Algebraic, Numeric, Geometric or something like that. It has a lime green cover. It is REALLY good. Precalculus with Limits is also good, but that's usually used for Honors Precalculus. I like both.
  • kollegkidkollegkid Posts: 1,007Registered User Member
    Saxon Advanced Math. Get the solutions guide to go with it. Available at Rainbow Resources online store.
  • EchoXEchoX Posts: 175Registered User Junior Member
    Are you going into precalc? If so (or if anyone else is), then you should get the book that your school uses. Getting a good grade is more important than actually learning the material (lol). However, when it comes to comprehension, almost all textbooks I have read fail miserably. You might be better off browsing for Precalc guides like sparknotes or something.
  • JenniferJones08JenniferJones08 Posts: 147Registered User Junior Member
    No, I've finished PreCal but I just want to prep again for Math IIC. I just want to find a used book but I want it to be good so that I can review easily. Do any of you know a good PREP book for Precalc? I saw Barrons "PreCalculus the Easy Way" in the book store but I do not know if it is good or not.
  • EchoXEchoX Posts: 175Registered User Junior Member
    I see. In that case, I wouldn't recommend a full textbook.. they are always expensive and often include superfluous things (the beginning chapters review old stuff, the ending chapters tend to go beyond the most important things). Textbooks are notorious for making things impossible to comprehend as well.
    Smaller guide books such as those from sparknotes are usually good at narrowing things down to the most important information. Plus, if you go in a bookstore like Borders or something, you can flip through these books to see exactly how you feel about them. From what I can remember, you should focus on the unit circle, relationships between the trig functions, basic graph transformations, limits, and sequences.
  • JenniferJones08JenniferJones08 Posts: 147Registered User Junior Member
    I think I will do just that. Thanks Echo! =]

    If anyone knows of any good Precal Prep book, please tell me. Thanks!
  • chocolatelover03chocolatelover03 Posts: 1,386Registered User Senior Member
    Well, my school uses the University of Chicago Precalc book for IB precalculus. Lots of word problems.......
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