New Release – Programming Precalculus with Python by Lisa Savy Kauffman

New Release – Programming Precalculus with Python by Lisa Savy Kauffman

San Diego, CA – September 7, 2023 – Cognella Academic Publishing is proud to announce the publication of Programming Precalculus with Python by Lisa Savy Kauffman.

The book is designed to help students learn the fundamentals of Python programming and the basics of precalculus within the context of Python programming. The book presents the basic elements of the language, including control structures, list and set operations, built-in math functions, user-defined functions, string manipulations, logical structures, list comprehension, classes, and 2D and 3D plotting.

Opening chapters cover sequences and series, counting and probability, and operations on polynomials. Students learn about systems of equations and matrices, number theory and logic, coordinate geometry, graph features, complex numbers, the fundamental theorem of algebra, and rational functions. Closing chapters focus on exponential and inverse functions, as well as logarithms. Each chapter includes exercises in both precalculus and programming, as well as independent programming projects from diverse fields of mathematics. Sample programs included throughout the book are written in such a way that they are easy for a fledgling programmer to follow and understand.

Providing students with a comprehensive and approachable guide, Programming Precalculus with Python is an ideal resource for Precalculus I and Python programming courses within mathematics departments and programs.


About the Author 

Lisa Savy Kauffman is a professor of mathematics at the College of Southern Nevada. For over 25 years, she has taught nearly all levels of mathematics from high school through college. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics-computer science from UCLA, a master’s degree in education from UCLA, and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of California at Riverside. Throughout her career, Professor Kauffman has been an advocate for the integration of technology within the teaching of mathematics.


What readers are saying about the book: 

“This text stands out for several reasons. Perhaps most distinctive, it integrates programming with the math. Frequently a numerical computation is the only way we have of obtaining even an approximate solution. It need hardly be said that every applied mathematician, whether that’s what they call themselves or not, needs to be able to program. The book also embodies Professor Kauffman’s extensive experience teaching the subject to students of various ages and stages.”

Andrew Winkler, Ph.D., Hertz Fellow, Former Professor at Stanford University and Columbia University
Author of Why is Mathematics: A Grand Unified Approach
Founder of Winkler Transform, LLC


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