Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The book covered all the topics that any instructor might want to cover in one or two-semester long in a college level Pre-Calculus course. It has 12 chapters and is divided into 3 groups. First group is the first 4 chapters that cover functions creating a solid foundation for the course. Second is all about Trigonometry and its applications. I appreciate the way it began this section using angles and unit circles and then moving on to triangles. Third piece is dealt with the advanced topics with systems and equations, a little of discrete math, analytic geometry and a prep for calculus. Interestingly, this is exactly how I teach the course and divide the semester with the content of the course. I loved the figures and illustrations that used contemporary styles with color contrast and labeling.
Accuracy rating: 5
It seems like authors have taken a great effort to ensure the validity and accuracy of the content in the book. Each chapter’s manuscript underwent at least two rounds of review and revision by a panel of active Precalculus instructors. Another team of experts checked all text, examples, and graphics for mathematical accuracy. A third team of experts tested the accuracy of the Answer Key, by re-working every solution. The Solutions Manual was rigorously checked for accuracy.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
The content of the book seems to be very contemporary and up-to-date. It used very relevant real-life problems and examples. It added media buttons that can be changed or updated if necessary. At the end of every chapter the access to online resources are very useful.
Clarity rating: 5
The authors used clear concise English language without any redundancy. It clearly says what it is planning to do every step and showed detailed work in the examples. It also added analysis that musty be very helpful to the students. The graphs shown are just like I would do in class on the board. All the explanations used “we” that is very appropriate for the students to see the line of thinking within the mind of the author.
Consistency rating: 5
The format is very consistent with mathematical languages and terminology. It appears that the authors have used their own text repeatedly and they have done a good job providing links to the online sources. The figure for vertical and horizontal reflection is beautifully done. This is true for all mathematical concepts. The figures are very valuable learning component for the students to see and are consistent with the topics. It used very appropriate standard mathematical terminology throughout.
Modularity rating: 5
The book used standard sequence of topics. It can easily be divided in two semester long courses if needed. In some schools advanced topics are not covered in PreCalculus courses and hence these topics can be avoided without any trouble.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
The organization/structure/flow of this book is outstanding with learning objectives at the beginning of every section. This helps the instructors to clearly focus on the topics and techniques.
Interface rating: 5
I did not experience any interface issues with this text. The links within the text, takes the reader to statements of previous theorems, previous examples, particular exercises, a referenced diagram, definition, or solution of an exercise, which is a handy feature. At the end of every chapter the key concepts quickly links to the topic discussed in the sections.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
I did not see any grammatical errors in the text.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
The book seemed to be culturally neutral. I did not notice any race or religion based problems. The problems used “you” or “your” many times. Other problems centered on the mathematical concepts.
It was fun-time reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and may be I will even adopt it in the fall of 2015.