Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, International Metric Edition,
8th Edition

James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, Saleem Watson

ISBN-13: 9798214031811
Copyright 2024 | Published
List Price: USD $247.95

Stewart/Redlin/Watson's best-selling PRECALCULUS: MATHEMATICS FOR CALCULUS, 8th INTERNATIONAL METRIC EDITION with WebAssign digital resources prepares students to succeed in future calculus courses. This best-selling author team emphasizes problem-solving and mathematical modeling as this edition presents concepts with unparalleled clarity and precision. Updated content and revised learning features remove barriers for a carefully planned, inclusive learning experience. The authors' attention to detail and clarity makes this resource a proven market leader. Accompanying WebAssign digital resources further reinforce comprehension with a rich variety of exercise types and learning resources.


1. Fundamentals
2. Functions
3. Polynomial and Rational Functions
4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
5. Trigonometric Functions: Unit Circle Approach
6. Trigonometric Functions: Right Triangle Approach
7. Analytical Trigonometry
8. Polar Coordinates, Parametric Equations, and Vectors
9. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
10. Conic Sections
11. Sequences and Series
12. Limits: A Preview of Calculus
APPENDIX A: Geometry Review
APPENDIX B: Calculations and Significant Figures (available on website)
APPENDIX C: Graphing with a Graphing Calculator (available on website)
APPENDIX D: Using the TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator (available on website)

Additional Topics:
Vectors in Three-Dimensions (available on website)

  • James Stewart

    The late James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He conducted research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Dr. Stewart most recently served as a professor of mathematics at McMaster University, and his research focused on harmonic analysis. Dr. Stewart authored a best-selling calculus textbook series, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS as well as a series of successful precalculus texts.

  • Lothar Redlin

    The late Lothar Redlin grew up on Vancouver Island, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1978. He subsequently did research and taught at the University of Washington, the University of Waterloo, and California State University, Long Beach. He was most recently Professor of Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus. His research field was topology.

  • Saleem Watson

    Saleem Watson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Andrews University in Michigan. He did graduate studies at Dalhousie University and McMaster University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. He subsequently did research at the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warsaw in Poland. He also taught at The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. His research field is functional analysis. Watson is a co-author on Stewart's best-selling Calculus franchise.

  • NEW EXERCISES HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP IMPORTANT PROBLEMSOLVING SKILLS: New Problem-Solving exercises in most sections highlight and apply a specific problem-solving principle from the prologue. More than 20% of the overall exercises are new to this edition.

  • NEW REVIEW MATERIAL REINFORCES STUDENT UNDERSTANDING: Updated, effective review material at the end of most chapters now includes a matching exercise to reinforce the fundamental relationship between graphs and equations. This important review also includes a summary of properties and formulas. In addition, a Concept Check provides a step-by-step review of all of the main concepts and applications from the chapter.

  • NEW DISCOVERY PROJECTS GUIDE STUDENTS IN APPLYING THE CONCEPTS THEY'VE MASTERED: Several new Discovery Projects in this edition feature applications or extensions of the concepts that students have just studied in the text. Discover/Discuss/Prove/Write problems at the end of every section encourage students to develop and strengthen their conceptual, critical-thinking and writing skills.

  • NEW REMEDIAL SUPPORT PREPARES STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS: Revisions throughout Chapter 1 review fundamentals while WebAssign digital resources provide prerequisite support to address readiness gaps, including the College Math Readiness Bootcamp and Just-in-Time review exercises. This edition also offers an expanded Geometry Review appendix that now highlights main concepts from geometry used in this edition, including congruence, similarity, the Pythagorean Theorem, parallel lines and circles.

  • NEW EXPANDED PROBLEMS IN WEBASSIGN INCLUDE MULTIPLE PARTS TO ENSURE UNDERSTANDING: This edition's new online Expanded Problems take understanding well beyond the basic exercises. These problems ask students to show the specific steps of their work or to explain the reasoning behind the answers they've provided.

  • NEW CHAPTER UNITES KEY TOPICS: The new Chapter 8, "Polar Coordinates, Parametric Equations, and Vectors," unites the topics under the theme of describing curves and motion in a coordinate plane. The applications in the chapter demonstrate the need for different coordinate systems. In the "Focus on Modeling" following the chapter, both parametric equations and vectors are used to model the path and velocity of a projectile.

  • WEBASSIGN PROVIDES ONLINE TOOLS TO BUILD YOUR STUDENTS’ CONFIDENCE AND ELEVATE PERFORMANCE: Leading WebAssign digital resources provide instant access to expertly designed support for both you and your students. Updated, innovative exercises, "Explore It" interactive learning modules and instructional videos reinforce concepts for students and assist in review.

  • "FOCUS ON MODELING" SECTIONS SHOW STUDENTS HOW TO APPLY MATHEMATICS: These "Focus on Modeling" sections illustrate modelling techniques as well as how mathematics can be applied to model real-life situations. These sections teach students how to create their own mathematical models rather than use prefabricated formulas.

  • REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS ENGAGE STUDENTS: This title draws upon applications from engineering, physics, chemistry, business, biology, environmental studies and other fields to demonstrate how mathematics is used to model real-life situations. This approach reinforces the relevance and importance of the principles students are learning.

  • TRIGONOMETRY APPROACH PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY IN YOUR INSTRUCTION: The chapters on trigonometry (Chs. 5, 6 and 7) are written so you have a choice of beginning with either the right triangle approach or the unit circle approach. Each approach to trigonometry is accompanied by the applications appropriate for that approach. Students clearly understand the reasons behind the different approaches to trigonometry.

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