- Author: Edward Burger
Thinkwell's Precalculus with Edward Burger is the first next-generation Pre-Calculus text for college courses.
Thinkwell's Precalculus with Edward Burger is the first next-generation Pre-Calculus text for college courses. It communicates the fundamentals of Pre-Calculus to students using the engaging, interactive media they prefer and automatically reports on students' progress.
The Pre-Calculus multimedia (internet-based) tutorials contain a comprehensive series of multimedia video lectures, fully adaptable to any course syllabus.
A website customized to the specifications of a particular course hosts an online testing system, which allows extensive opportunity for practice and quizzing, and provides access to hundreds of pages of review notes, which summarize important points from the videos. The website also provides a forum for professors and students to communicate with one another. Professors can also access the Thinkwell gradebook to know how the class is doing on homework assignments.
Students will cover:
- Basic Algebra Review
- Equations and Inequalities
- Relations and Functions
- Polynomial and Rational Functions
- Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- Trigonometric Functions
- Trigonometric Identities
- Applications of Trigonometry
- Systems of Equations and Matrices
- And other special topics
Features for Students:
Features for Professors:
Comprehensive Video Tutorials
We've built Thinkwell's Pre-Calculus around a series of 334 multimedia tutorials (internet-based), providing 44 hours of instructional material. Compared with a traditional textbook, Thinkwell's offers a more engaging, more effective way for students to learn.
Rather than reading dense chunks of text for homework, students watch video lectures filled with illustrations, examples, even humor. Students report learning material more easily with Thinkwell than traditional textbooks.
Interactive Exercises with Feedback
Thinkwell's Pre-Calculus contains nearly 4000 exercise items with fully worked-out solutions and explanations for the right and wrong answers. Students can work on the exercises at the computer or print them out to work on later.
Once students enter their answers in the computer, the items are automatically graded and the results reported to professors.
While the online video lectures are the heart of Thinkwell products, we also offer concise, illustrated review notes, a glossary, transcripts of the video lectures, and links to relevant websites. All of these materials may be viewed online, and the notes and transcripts may be printed and kept for reference.
Thinkwell's Pre-Calculus also features dynamic Flash(tm) animations that explain difficult concepts like inverse trigonometric functions and converting between rectangular and polar coordinates in novel, easy-to-understand ways.
Access to all review materials is included in the price of the online access package.
Students regularly complain that algebra and trigonometry have no bearing on their lives outside of class. Thinkwell's Pre-Calculus features video lectures that apply the material of the course to real-world problems and events, including determining the height of a building or the length of a tunnel using surveying techniques.
Student Help Center
Students have access to a variety of documents to help them quickly become proficient with the Thinkwell product. Online they will find the following:
We will build a website around the customized table of contents and assignments for every course using Thinkwell. Materials will be presented in exactly the order professors want them.
Professors can make changes to their websites with our easy-to-use online tools; or contact us and we'll be happy to take care of them.
Custom Reports and Tracking
Assignments from Thinkwell's Pre-Calculus are automatically graded, and the results are reported to professors. We also provide aggregate data about the exercise items that are giving students the most trouble. All of this information may be exported to other computerized gradebook systems.
With Thinkwell's broadcast email feature, professors can send a message to every registered student's emailbox simultaneously. Professors can also set up and monitor a discussion board where they and students can all communicate with one another.
Many Thinkwell professors enjoy using these tools to promote discussion both in and out of the classroom.
Test Bank and Test Generator
Creating tests has never been easier. With Thinkwell's robust test bank and test generator, professors can create custom exams to be taken in class or online. They can also write their own questions, randomize the question order on tests, and set dates for the availability of tests.
Professor Help Center
Professors have access to a variety of documents to help them make the best use of Thinkwell including the following:
Free Technical Support
We've designed Thinkwell products so that professors and students can use them with a minimum of technological know-how. Still, if problems do arise, we're more than happy to help solve them!
Technical support is available for both students and professors via email or a toll-free telephone call. For hours and contact information, look in the online Help Center.
If, for any reason, you need to return your Thinkwell product, you must return it to Sonlight in an unopened, unused condition within 30 days of your purchase. You will be fully refunded for the purchase price of the product (minus shipping and handling).