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Essentials of Precalculus with Calculus Previews, Sixth Edition

Author(s): Dennis G. Zill, Loyola Marymount University
Jacqueline M. Dewar, Loyola Marymount University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284056327
  • Hardcover    500 pages      © 2016
Price: $99.95 US List
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Essentials of Precalculus with Calculus Previews, Sixth Edition is an ideal undergraduate text to help students successfully transition into a future course in calculus. The Sixth Edition of this best-selling text presents the fundamental mathematics used in a typical calculus sequence in a focused and readable format. Dennis G. Zill’s concise, yet eloquent, writing style allows instructors to cover the entire text in one semester. Essentials of Precalculus with Calculus Previews, Sixth Edition uses a vibrant full-color design to illuminate key concepts and improves students' comprehension of graphs and figures. This text also includes a valuable collection of student and instructor resources, making it a complete teaching and learning package.

Features & Benefits

  • New section on implicitly defined functions in Chapter 2
  • New section on the Product-to-Sum and Sum-to-Product trigonometric identities in Chapter 4
  • Expanded discussion of applications of right triangles, including the addition of new problems designed to pique student interest
  • The discussion of the Laws of Sines and the Law of Cosines are now separated into two sections to facilitate and increase student comprehension
  • Increased emphasis on solving equations involving exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Updated and expanded WebAssign Online Homework and Grading System with comprehensive questions that facilitate learning
  • Provides a complete teaching and learning program with numerous student and instructor resources, including a Student Resource Manual, WebAssign, Complete Instructor Solutions Manual, and Image Bank

Applicable Courses

Essentials of Precalculus with Calculus Previews, Sixth Edition is written for the one-term, college-level precalculus course. It helps students master the important concepts they will need to move on to college level calculus (i.e. functions, logarithms and trigonometry).

Chapter 1 Inequalities, Equations, and Graphs  
Chapter 2 Functions  
Chapter 3 Polynomial and Rational Functions  
Chapter 4 Trigonometric Functions   
Chapter 5 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions  
Chapter 6 Conic Sections  

Dennis G. Zill-Loyola Marymount University

Dennis Zill received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Iowa State University, and is a former professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Loras College in Iowa, and California Polytechnic State University. He is also the former chair of the Mathematics department at Loyola Marymount University, where he currently holds a rank as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. Zill holds interests in astronomy, modern literature, music, golf, and good wine, while his research interests include Special Functions, Differential Equations, Integral Transformations, and Complex Analysis.


Jacqueline M. Dewar-Loyola Marymount University

Jacqueline Dewar - In her 30-year teaching career at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, Jackie Dewar has taught a wide variety of courses ranging from intermediate algebra and precalculus to algebraic topology and been very active in curriculum development.   She has developed or co-developed a hands-on lab for future elementary teachers, a unique math/science core course entitled Mathematics:  Contributions by Women, a community-building course for freshman math majors that focuses on problem solving and mathematical communication, and a quantitative literacy course that engages students in campus or local community issues. 

             From 1995-2001 she worked with a team of faculty from ten institutions of higher education in the Los Angeles Collaborative for Teacher Excellence (, a $5,500,000 NSF-funded initiative with the goal of improving K-12 teacher preparation programs in science and mathematics. She has served as department chair (1983-86, 2005-6) and was recently appointed the Director of Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

             In 2003, she was selected as one of 26 scholars by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). She has worked to expand the international SoTL movement in the mathematics community by co-organizing minicourses (2006, 2007) and a contributed paper session (2007) at the national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.  In 2006, she received the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching.  She has written book reviews for Teaching Children Mathematics, and published articles in The Arithmetic Teacher, College Mathematics Journal, Collegiate Microcomputer, Journal of Mathematics and Science:  Collaborative Explorations, Mathematics and Computer Education, and National Teaching and Learning Forum.


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