Master Math: Trigonometry Paperback – Jul 1 2002
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...a comprehensive review of trigonometry with interesting examples of the application of trigonometry to real world problems... -- Cyndy Lakowske, M.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
...easy-to-use, informative reference for beginning students or rusty professionals. Particularly effective presentation of topics in conjunction with applications... -- Melanie McNeil, Professor of Chemical Engineering, San Jose State University
One of the most extensive treatments of fundamental trigonometry skills available--user-friendly and definitely a must for learning trigonometry... -- Channing Robertson, Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University
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Debra Anne Ross has a double BA in Chemistry and Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and and MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. Debra's career encompasses biology, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, biosensors, pharmaceutical drug discovery, and intellectual property. She is the author of the popular Master Math books, The 3:00 PM Secret: Live Slim and Strong Live Your Dreams, The 3:00 PM Secret: Ten Day Dream Diet (2009), and Arrows Through Time: A Time Travel Tale of Adventure, Courage, and Faith (2009).
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Since then, I have decided to barge into the mathematics world once again in order to properly defeat trigonometry. My plan was to get a comprehensive book on trig and learn everything during the summer; then, I won't feel so behind and lost in class. I choose this book due to the great reviews.
I'm on page 50. It's not what I expected at all. It goes into great detail on the easy topics and hardly does anything on the difficult ones. It doesn't show all the steps to solving the math. It doesn't explain how to use your calculator along with the equations (i.e. When do you press cos, sin, tan, cot, etc. in the equations?).
This book reminds me of borrowing notes from someone that is doing really well in class.It doesn't really teach you what's going on, but if you know what's going on, it could come in handy. I think perhaps when I am getting assignments, and I want to better understand it, this book will be useful. However, it's not capable of TEACHING. It's more like a handy reminder for people who already know. The description for it, I feel, was inaccurate. I think I'm going to invest in Dummies. Sigh.
Though this title, the Trig book, is better than the others by the same author.
First, it does lack exercises as others have pointed out, and the author's writing style is confusing at times.
However, I at least can understand the author's organization of the subject. Which is simply to lay a foundation and build on it. And it succeeds.
There is a nice review of Geometry to start with, and the topics are laid out in a logical progression.
The author uses the standard examples that Trig textbooks generally cover, and a few others which really are helpful. However, the biggest selling point is that the author provides the tools to help you understand the applications and build problem solving skills of your own.
Honestly this is probably the only useful Trig study guide on the market. So by default it is the best. Avoid the Dummies books.
I do not recommend the other titles in the "Mastering Math" series, but this one is at least wothwhile. So it gets the benefit of the doubt and 4 stars.
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