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Precalculus: Anticipating Calculus Using Mathematica Labs
Barry Cherkas with Daniel S. Chess, 2002, Euler Press, 162 pp., paperback
This laboratory manual/textbook complements the topics found in a traditional precalculus course by introducing topics that are generally bypassed in these courses but are effective in anticipating calculus. Topics--such as finding the turning points for polynomials of any degree, finding equations of tangent lines to polynomials, and solving elementary optimization problems--that are generally reserved for treatment in calculus are explored from a precalculus viewpoint. The textbook presumes access to Mathematica and introduces students to a set of Mathematica commands. The Graphing add-on package used with the textbook includes several commands to create mathematically enhanced graphs for functions with singularities and helps clarify for students the location and behavior of functions at points of singularity.
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