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University Math – Precalculus and Transformation of Functions

September 16, 2010

Where do you stand with math? If high school math is done now, it is time to move on to the exciting world of calculus. Don’t worry it is not that hard. It is kind of intimidating at first, but you should know that pre-calculus is studied first, before getting into things you have not seen before. They don’t just feed you to the wolves! Pre-calculus can mean many different things, depending on where it is studied. Typically though pre-calculus is a study of all the skills required to do the advanced forms of calculus.

The main sections of pre calculus (function studies and limits) will be covered thoroughly.

First thing you will learn about will be representing functions. Representing functions is a pretty intuitive class. It basically shows the relationship between numbers and how we represent them. Number sets will also be examined, and you will see how number can be related numerically.

A limit may or may not exist, this depends really depends if the function goes to the same value from both sides of the graph. Limits are an essential part of calculus and are used to form the definition of the derivative. Learn this well, you will be seeing a lot of it in the future.

You will need to all the information about the different types of functions, limits, and the transformation of functions.

Transformation of functions involve moving a function around so that is can be recognized as a simpler function. A lot of seemingly complex equation are really just simple shapes with a few simple transformations! You will see this especially with polynomials and trigonometric functions. You can see more about this;  transformation of functions

Don’t let calculus scare you, it is not as difficult as it sounds. Pre Calculus studies will ease you into it. Just make sure you stay on top of things, there is a lot of stop to remember!

Until next time,

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