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Precalculus

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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Imaginary and complex numbers
Understanding i and the complex plane
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The imaginary unit i

This is where math starts to get really cool. It may see strange to define a number whose square is negative one. Why do we do this? Because it fits a nice niche in the math ecosystem and can be used to solve problems in engineering and science (not to mention some of the coolest fractals are based on imaginary and complex numbers). The more you think about it, you might realize that all numbers, not just i, are very abstract.

The complex plane

You know what imaginary and complex numbers are, but want to start digging a bit deeper. In this tutorial, we will explore different ways of representing a complex number and mapping them on the complex plane.

Challenging complex number problems

This tutorial goes through a fancy problem from the IIT JEE exam in India (competitive exam for getting into their top engineering schools). Whether or not you live in India, this is a good example to test whether you are a complex number rock star.