Often, trigonometry students leave class believing that they understand a concept but are unable to apply that understanding when they get home and attempt their homework problems. This mainstream yet innovative text is written by an experienced professor who has identified this gap as one of the biggest challenges that trigonometry professors face. She uses a clear voice that speaks directly to students- similar to how instructors communicate to them in class. Students learning from this text will overcome common barriers to learning trigonometry and will build confidence in their ability to do mathematics.
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Cynthia Young received her BA in Math Education from UNC in 1990, has two masters, one in Mathematical Sciences from UCF in 1993 and a second in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1997. Finally, she received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington in 1996. She is already a tenured professor at UCF and is very actively involved in the supervision of UCF's graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Before becoming an award-winning Associate Professor at UCF, Cynthia taught High School. Cynthia received numerous grants and was named the principal investigator on six military and academic research projects. She has been an administrator/advisor to the Florida Space Institute at the Kennedy Space Center since 1998. Cynthia is a veteran presenter at conferences and conventions and has published over a dozen journal articles. In addition, she has been a contributor to several texts, including a College Algebra workbook for McGraw-Hill. Lastly, she edited the Marcel Decker's Optical Engineering Encyclopedia.
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