Algebra & Trigonometry (7th Edition) (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/1/15
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For undergraduate courses in Algebra and Trigonometry with optional Graphing Calculator usage. The Seventh Edition of this dependable text retains its best features - accuracy, precision, depth, strong student support, and abundant exercises - while substantially updating content and pedagogy. After completing the book, students will be prepared to handle the algebra found in subsequent courses such as finite mathematics, business mathematics, and engineering calculus.
Mike Sullivan Professor of Mathematics at Chicago State University received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology. Mike has taught at Chicago State for over 30 years. He is a native of Chicago’s South Side and currently resides in Oaklawn. Mike has four children. The two oldest have degrees in mathematics and assisted in proofing, checking examples and exercises, and writing solutions manuals for this project. Mike III co-authored the Sullivan Graphing with Data Analysis series as well as this series. Dan, the youngest, sells for Prentice Hall as a generalist.
Mike has authored or co-authored over ten books. He owns a travel agency, and splits his time between a condo in Naples, Florida and a home in Oaklawn, where Mike enjoys gardening. Mike first signed this series with Deleen Publishing (Acquired by Macmillan) in 1985.
I don’t recall the book covering the Double-Angle Formulas, which was a critical component of evaluating Integrals involving Trigonometric Functions, especially semi-circle and Trig Substitution. I also wish the book emphasized the importance of Trig, beyond just the title, and actually how useful memorizing will become. Furthermore, it would have been nice had they mentioned various memorization strategies for Identities and the Trig Ratios. I certainly recommend you Google the Trig Identitiy Hexagon and the Trig Ratio Hand trick. I would have had more appreciation for the topics in this book if they had done some foreshadowing of the upcoming topics in Calculus.
A la carte vs hardcover: Some people don't like a la carte texts. Of course, hardcovers are more durable and thus have more resale value, but some of us have other considerations to make with a textbook. I'm disabled, so I need to keep my load as light as possible, so the a la carte textbooks definitely make my life easier. Even if I weren't disabled, I'd love the option of being able to bring only what I need with me, rather than an entire textbook. That's especially important in the case of this Sullivan textbook. It has over 1000 pages and the paper is slightly glossy, which adds to the weight. The a la carte version saves a ton of strain on shoulder, neck and back.
To test out how much I'd hate carrying the hardback version, I borrowed a copy from the math department of my university (one of the perks of working there), to prep for my upcoming pre-calc class over the winter break. Thankfully, the farthest I carry it right now is from one corner of my desk to another, because the hardback is one bear of a heavy book. I'd kill myself if I had to lug it to and from class every day.
Another good reason for having the a la carte book is that we're only using half of the book this semester. Why carry around material I don't need, for the half that I do? Seems like a no-brainer to me.
10th edition vs. 9th: This is not a textbook update merely for the sake of making a few bucks, or staying ahead of torrents. I had the ninth edition, once upon a time, and I like this tenth much better. Pearson upped the quality of the paper and made the pages a brighter white, which makes them far easier to read. The images pop from the page now, and they didn't do that before. The paper itself is sturdier than the previous version, making it less prone to wrinkling and ripping than with the 9th edition. Oddly, by improving the paper quality, they made the book lighter than it was before, and that's definitely a bonus. The improvements of the physical book itself are all for the better.
The differences in material covered between this version and the ninth aren't all that dramatic, but they're definitely not absent. Some of the figures have been moved around or redone, and some of the problem set questions have been re-worked. Some errors in the solutions have also been cleared up. Sullivan is also a lot clearer when he's using proofs to explain concepts than he was before, and that's a huge help. I know that his explanations of the concepts underlying the material bores the STEM majors who only need to get through their required math classes, but, for math majors like me, those proofs are a good intro to what we'll see after calculus. He strips that process down a lot, but it's still a decent "getting the feet wet" intro to proofs.
You'll definitely want to get the solution manual to go with this book, math major or not. Sullivan has a habit of skipping over steps/ideas that make the concepts make more sense, and the solution manual tends to address those omissions.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this update. It addresses a lot of the nits I picked with the ninth edition, which was such a terrible textbook that it scared me away from taking classes that used it. Now I'm confident I can not only grasp the material in this book, but that I'll succeed with it, too.