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You may think that precalculus is simply the course you take before calculus. You would be right, of course, but that definition doesn't mean anything unless you have some knowledge of what calculus is. Let's keep it simple, shall we? Calculus is a conceptual framework which provides systematic techniques for solving problems. These problems are appropriately applicable to analytic geometry and algebra. Therefore....precalculus gives you the background for the mathematical concepts, problems, issues and techniques that appear in calculus, including trigonometry, functions, complex numbers, vectors, matrices, and others. There you have it ladies and gentlemen....and introduction to precalculus!
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Hyperbolic functions
Motivation and understanding of hyperbolic functions.
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Intro to hyperbolic functions

You know your regular trig functions that are defined with the help of the unit circle. We will now define a new class of functions constructed from exponentials that have an eery resemblance to those classic trig functions (but are still quite different).