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Trigonometry for Dummies [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Mary Jane Sterling

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18. März 2014 For Dummies
A plain-English guide to the basics of trig Trigonometry deals with the relationship between the sides and angles of triangles...mostly right triangles. In practical use, trigonometry is a friend to astronomers who use triangulation to measure the distance between stars. Trig also has applications in fields as broad as financial analysis, music theory, biology, medical imaging, cryptology, game development, and seismology. From sines and cosines to logarithms, conic sections, and polynomials, this friendly guide takes the torture out of trigonometry, explaining basic trigonometry concepts in plain English and offering lots of easy-to-grasp example problems. It also explains the "why" of trigonometry, using real-world examples that illustrate the value of trigonometry in a variety of careers. Tracks to a typical Trigonometry course at the high school or college level Packed with example trig problems From the author of Trigonometry Workbook For Dummies Trigonometry For Dummies is for any student who needs an introduction to, or better understanding of, high-school to college-level trigonometry.

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Learn to:

  • Solve tricky trig equations
  • Graph functions and figure out formulas
  • Use trigonometry to solve practical problems

Your guide to getting an angle on sines, cosines, and tangents

Confused by cosines? Perplexed by polynomials? Don’t worry! This friendly guide takes the torture out of trigonometry by explaining everything in plain English, offering lots of easy-to-grasp examples, and adding a dash of humor and fun. You’ll see the ways trig applies to everyday life, and how it’s an important tool for a variety of careers.

  • Start with basics — get up and running with an overview of trig functions, radians, and more
  • Learn tricky trig functions — take things to the next level with SOH-CAH-TOA and circular functions
  • Identify identities — dig into reciprocal, ratio, opposite-angle, and Pythagorean identities
  • Make trig work — get practical with trig, find out how to use your calculator for complex solutions, and solve trig equations
  • Graph functions — figure out the basics of graphing sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, and more

Open the book and find:

  • Definitions of trigonometry functions
  • How to get down with Pythagoras and his theorem
  • Ways to use Cartesian coordinates
  • The lowdown on the sine, cosine, and tangent functions
  • How to go 'round and 'round with circular functions
  • The scoop on inverse trigonometry
  • Details on graphing trig functions
  • Ten basic identities and ten not-so-basic identities

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Mary Jane Sterling is the author of Algebra I For Dummies and many other For Dummies titles. She has been teaching mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 30 years and has loved working with future business executives, physical therapists, teachers, and many others.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent for self-study, expands material & corrects first edition errors. Fine on Kindle DX, but display problems elsewhere. 15. Februar 2014
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I read the first edition and found it excellent. When this 2nd edition was announced, I purchased it feeling it might improve over the first edition. I was correct.

This is an outstanding book for self-study. It is well written in essentially non-technical terms when compared to some other mathematics texts. It can be easily understood, even by those just beginning, or refreshing, their study of trigonometry. It defines terms clearly and understandably, and includes some examples to re-enforce the concepts presented. However, the number of examples provided is relatively sparse, and as is often said mathematics is -not- a spectator sport, it needs to be participated in to develop a meaningful understanding.

The small number of worked examples, the lack of Chapter exercises, and the emphasis on statements made without proof are the text's primary weaknesses. For this reviewer, these deficiencies are compensated for by the presentation's excellence. Because of the lack of proofs, this should be considered an applied, rather than a pure, mathematics text. If you are interested is learning basic trig terminology and gaining a fundamental understanding of how trigonometric problems are solved, this is an excellent book (although, as noted, one with a shortage of solved examples, and thus one requiring a supplemental problem book, such as Kelley's excellent "The Humongous Book of Trigonometry Problems").

However, if you're primarily interested in understanding why certain trigonometric statements are true and how to prove these statements, this book is not a good choice.

This edition modifies, augments, and corrects material from the first edition. As examples, the informative section on "Angles in circles" has been added between the "Chord and Tangent" and "Sectors" sections, retained from the first edition. In addition, the first edition presents an example for finding the area of a sector. In that example, the diameter is incorrectly used in place of the radius in calculations. That error has been corrected here.

This book provides one of the clearest explanations of the six trigonometric functions. It presents these using a broad brush introduction in the first Chapter. It later expands and extends this introduction, using an explanation involving the sides of a right triangle. In a still later section, the trig functions are presented from a somewhat different perspective, based on the coordinates of a circle.

This book's text as well as its equations and graphs display nicely on my Kindle DX. However, many equation displays on my Kindle HDX 7", HDX 8.9", PC and Android Kindle emulators are literally unreadable. Enlarging the font, sadly, only enlarges the text, but not these equations or graphs. The equations are still unreadable.

Later Amazon Kindles appears to have a significant problem in displaying formulas, and this problem now appears pervasive. I am not aware (at the time of this review) of any current comment from Amazon about this issue, or even if they are aware of it and have a "fix" planned.

Perhaps, one of Amazon's team will read this review and comment on this problem, present at the time of this posting. It appears ubiquitous in most Kindle editions of mathematics and science texts targeted for the HDXs and Kindle emulators. I do not have HDs or Paperwhites and so cannot comment on versions for those products; perhaps owners of these products will be kind enough to add comments here.

Until this issue is fixed, I would gently recommend that any Kindle version of a mathematics or science text always be sampled on the target Kindle platform before purchase, and if this cannot be done, unless you are using a Kindle DX, the e-version be skipped in favor of the printed book.


This edition and the Kindle DX version can be highly recommended for applied users, but not for mathematicians, who would likely want a more "proof-oriented" text.

This book deserves five stars for its content.

Perhaps Amazon has implemented a solution to the formula display issue. However, I still found this same "formula" problem present in other Kindle books. If Amazon reads these reviews, may I gently suggest that until this problem is resolved, you consider -not- selling Kindle versions of any book containing formulas. If/when this display problem is fixed, please be kind enough to leave a comment with this review. Since Amazon now has an option for automatic updates available, we should then be able to see the correct display of these formulas on our Kindles and Kindle emulators.

When/if I see Amazon's comment I would be pleased to check my HDX and Kindle emulator versions of this book for the proper formula display, and update this review accordingly. Until then, while this text is highly recommended in its book form, it cannot be recommended of any Kindle HDXs or any versions of Kindle emulator software.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Total waste of money!!! Jumps over steps necessary for non math people to get it! 24. Mai 2014
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I got this book as a refresher, because I had forgotten many of the concepts and wanted to brush up before tackling calculus. I assure you that not for the purpose of bragging, but so that you can believe that I'm fairly intelligent and can tell when something really stinks, I want to say at the outset that I have a degree from Brown University and a law degree from NYU. Despite my ability to understand complex language and the most convoluted gobbledygook, and more to the point, despite the fact that I was an A student in trigonometry in hight school, I consistently came up against brick walls of confusion with this book! I had to go to my son, a senior in high school, only to have him explain to me each time that the author had left out an important connection, or elemental explanation that would make sense of what she was saying. This happened about 4 times before I finally trashed the book! DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Trig made fun and easy 28. Mai 2014
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If you are like me and have had problems understanding trig, no matter how many times you've taken the classes - then this book is a must! Its informative and easy to follow, with a touch of humor and history well blended to keep your attention. It includes practical situations in which I never considered just how much trig is used in everyday occurances - from using angles in woodshops to how bearings are used in navigation - it is made fun and simple! - Heck if they used these books in college there'd be more people passing the classes than they'd have professors to teach them!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very good! 16. Juni 2014
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Great study guide for college entry exams. Breaks it down..Easy to understand. We love all of the "Books For Dummies!"
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great for summarizing in clear student friendly language 16. März 2014
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Great use for just using clear simple language while using the mathematical terms. You can read sequentially, or choose topics
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