This trigonometry textbook is different than other trigonometry books in that it is free to download, and the reader is expected to do more than read the book and is expected to study the material in the book by working out examples rather than just reading about them. So this book is not just about mathematical content but is also about the process of learning and doing mathematics. That is, students must engage with the book and not just casually attempt to read it.
Since this can be a difficult task, there are several features of the book designed to assist students in this endeavor. In particular, most sections of the book start with a beginning activity that review prior mathematical work that is necessary for the new section or introduce new concepts and definitions that will be used later in that section. Each section also contains several progress checks that are short exercises or activities designed to help readers determine if they are understanding the material. In addition, the text contains links to several interactive Geogebra applets or worksheets. These applets are usually part of a beginning activity or a progress check and are intended to be used as part of the textbook.
The authors are very interested in constructive criticism of the textbook from the users of the book, especially students who are using or have used the book. Please send any comments you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITEMS FROM the Textbook
Resources for a Trigonometry Course
- Interactive Geogebra Applets
The text contains links to several interactive Geogebra applets or worksheets. These are active links in the pdf version of the textbook, so clicking on the link will take you directly to the applet. Short URL’s for these links have been created so that they are easier to enter if you are using a printed copy of the textbook. Following is a link to the GVSU MTH 123 playlist of Geogebra applets on the Geogebra website. (MTH 123 is the trigonometry course at Grand Valley State University.)
These applets are usually part of a beginning activity or a progress check and are intended to be used as part of the textbook.
- Video Screencasts
Although not part of the textbook, there are several online videos (on YouTube) that can be used in conjunction with this textbook. There are two sources for video screencasts.
The MTH 123 Playlist on Grand Valley’s Department of Mathematics YouTube Channel: (MTH 123 is the course number for the trigonometry course at Grand Valley State University.)
MTH 123 video screencasts on RocketMath 1. These video screencasts were created by Lynne Mannard, an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University.