A series of easy-to-follow lessons are designed for self-teaching and rapid learning to help students learn precalculus the easy way. Barron's Precalculus: The Easy Way features a generous number of step-by-step demonstration examples as well as numerous tables, graphs, and graphing-calculator-based approaches.
Major topics covered include: algebraic methods; functions and their graphs; complex numbers; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometry and polar coordinates; counting and probability; binomial theorem; calculus preview; and much more. The topic organization and simple lesson format break down the subject matter into manageable learning modules that will help organize study time.
Each chapter ends with a comprehensive set of practice exercises designed to reinforce and extend key skills and concepts. These checkup exercises, together with the answers or solution hints included at the back of the book, will help assess understanding and monitor progress.
The final chapter of the book offers a brief introduction to the basic tools of calculus. This chapter will help the reader better appreciate the nature of calculus while giving a considerable head start for those moving forward in this field of mathematics. Visual references including charts, graphs, diagrams, instructive illustrations, and icons help engage students and reinforce important concepts.