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Beginning Pre-Calculus for Game Developers by Boris Meltreger, John P. Flynt

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Algebra and Trigonometry

Algebra allows you to converse using variables. It allows you to set up equations. It allows you to explore the properties of numbers. It also allows you to explore how to graph equations using the Cartesian coordinate system. When you can graph the relations you explore using algebra, you find that you begin examining the behavior of numbers as specific types of patterns.

Math might be viewed as a way of formally expressing patterns. Likewise, everything can be viewed as a pattern. Some patterns are found. Others are created. The serrations of a leaf or the path of a ball when you toss it are patterns that you find. On the other hand, at times you fidget with math and find a pattern, and then go looking for something ...

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