To the Instructor
Some years ago we published a short text called Basic Mathematics for Calculus. In the preface of the first edition we stated
An instructor is always faced with the dilemma of too much material and too little time. In the vast precalculus market, one can find texts that cover everything from topics in elementary algebra to topics in matrix algebra…. We feel there is a great need for a text that quickly gets to the heart of the matter, a text the presents only those topics that will be of direct and immediate use in most calculus courses.
After three editions, Basic Mathematics for Calculus faded into obscurity ...