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Trigonometry For Dummies
A plain--English guide to the basics of trig From sines and cosines to logarithms, conic sections, and polynomials, this friendly guide takes the torture out of trigonometry, explaining basic concepts in plain English, offering lots of easy--to--grasp example problems, and adding a dash of humor and fun. It also explains the why of trigonometry, using real--world examples ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 28th 2005 by Wiley Publishing
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Not a bad overview of the subject, but there's nothing there to make it remotely interesting either. I would have liked to have seen more of a historical view, with the sorts of situations that called for the development of trig, and not just more word problems for their own sake. Calculating how big an emu pen can be made from a given length of fencing is a poor demonstration of the mathematics that allowed people to build pyramids and navigate the open ocean, at least in my opinion.
Sure, I might sound like a geek, okay? But trust me, when I hear Trigonometry, I am literally paralyzed. Not anymore! When I got this book, it was much easier to understand. Okay, this book may not count because it isn't Literature, but I think it was useful. Now, I understand sin, cosine, tan, co-tangent and so much more. (Also check out Pre-Calculus and Calculus for Dummies.)