Preparation for Calculus


This chapter reviews several concepts that will help you prepare for your study of calculus.

These concepts include sketching the graphs of equations and functions, and fitting mathematical models to data. It is important to review these concepts before moving on to calculus.

In this chapter you should learn the following:

  • How to identify the characteristics of equations and sketch their graphs (I).
  • How to find and graph equations of lines, including parallel and perpendicular lines, using the concept of slope (II).
  • How to evaluate and graph functions and their transformations (III).
  • How to fit mathematical models to real-life data sets (IV).


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