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21. Calculus, 4th edition
22. Calculus of Variations
23. Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical
24. Pre-Calculus For Dummies
25. Student Solutions Manual, Single
26. Student Study Guide, Volume 1
27. Stochastic Calculus for Finance
28. How to Ace the Rest of Calculus:
29. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Calculus AB
30. Single Variable Calculus: Early
31. Calculus (With Analytic Geometry)(8th
32. Calculus
33. Calculus Essentials For Dummies
34. Calculus Problem Solver (REA)
35. Student Solutions Manual Single
36. Schaum's Outline of Advanced Calculus,
37. University Calculus: Elements
38. The Manga Guide to Calculus
39. Basic Technical Mathematics with
40. Stochastic Calculus for Finance

21. Calculus, 4th edition
by Michael Spivak
Hardcover: 680 Pages (2008-07-09)
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Asin: 0914098918
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This edition differs from the third mainly in the inclusion of additional problems, as well as a complete update of the Suggested Reading, together with some changes of exposition, mainly in Chapters 5 and 20. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars this book sucks
this book is so stupid. it doesn't make any sense. if anyone knows how to do the first problem, please let me know.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why not make it easier on yourself?
I can't imagine how horrible this would be as one's first exposure to calculus. The painless way to learn undergraduate mathematics: understand the basic concepts in elementary books, (get several different authors) Thomas, Simmons, Anton. Read them through and do a smattering of problems. Then, read linear algebra and a proof book. (get 'how to prove it'). After that take an actual analysis course. Get Rosenlicht' intro and "The Way of Analysis". From there you can go to any other subject.

I believe that the glowing reviews of Spivak represent a kind of stockholm syndrome by old guys forced to use it in 1965.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply the best
This is the first book that turned me towards math.It is beautiful and teaches mathematical rigor in a setting simple enough for beginning undergraduates to understand.The problem set alone is wonderful and touches on concepts well beyond the scope of the book.I still use this book as a reference for teaching and a solid source of problems to give the freshman calc students that I TA.This book always finds its way as a christmas or birthday present for anyone who appears to be of age to receive it.

I really cannot speak highly enough of Spivak's book.The foundations of calculus (and really analysis) are laid out an elementary level and a very readable (often funny) way.It leaves the reader ready to turn to blue Rudin for more analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic book for the aspiring mathematician!
Michael Spivak's Calculus has reached legendary status in the mathematical community over the years. Anyone who would have done an Amazon search on it must have heard some stories about it. The many positive reviews pretty much sum up the praise I have for this book.I was fortunate enough to have this textbook at my side while going through U of M honors mathematics curriculum. We covered the material presented this book in the span of about four months, and I read through most of this book and did many of the exercises as either practice, or as part of my weekly homework assignments that were handed out. I love almost everything about his book!

Even though I love this book, there are a few things I would like to tell people who are looking at potentially buying this book

1), This will most likely be your first encounter with real mathematics. This book tests an entirely new skill-set that isn't developed in high schools today, so there will naturally be a steep learning curve. Take heart! Chapters 1, 2 and 5 are the worse; all the others are not as bad.

2). Know what you want! This book is mathematically rigorous (aka proofs). If you are an engineer or anything other than a student of pure mathematics, this will not be your cup of tea.

3). You will never again solve a problem in under 5 minutes! Many people who claim to be "good at math" have only seen the routine exercises that comprise high school mathematics today. Please be aware that this book contains PROBLEMS that force you to think long and hard and actually learn something. There are several reviews that claim that the questions are completely separate from the text, and that this book does not sufficiently prepare you for attacking the problems sets. I would like to say that, yes, the problems sets can easily become the problem sets from hell. However, everything you need to tackle them is there. Many reviewers are used to the "Oh look, I'm given a formula, and now I punch in numbers to solve these twenty exercises. Look how good I am at math mom!" type of math book.This book is staggeringly different.

However, if you knew all of this and still wish to buy this, or if these three cautions only excited you more, you may have what it takes to get through and love this book. This is a great first exposure to mathematics, and it truly prepares you to tackle the likes of Walter Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis (International Series in Pure & Applied Mathematics).

5-0 out of 5 stars What is mathematics all about?
In a world of "cookbook" calculus courses where a proof is something you recite from rote for a test and a derivative can be formally shown to exist by virtue of the fact that James Stewart says so, it is comforting to find a Calculus book that shows its readers what it means to _do_ mathematics. In fact, this book is mostly about the 'doing' part of mathematics; Spivak cleanly and clearly explains concepts in each chapter, and then one absolutely must work through the exercises immediately following to get the full experience. Sure, it's difficult. It probably isn't appropriate for everyone, either. But, as a mathematics major, trust me when I say that there is no better preparation for difficult subjects like a rigorous foundation. This is what Spivak's Calculus book provides. ... Read more

22. Calculus of Variations
by I. M. Gelfand, S. V. Fomin
Paperback: 240 Pages (2000-10-16)
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Asin: 0486414485
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First six chapters include theory of fields and sufficient conditions for weak and strong extrema. Chapter 7 considers application of variation methods to systems with infinite degrees of freedom, and Chapter 8 deals with direct methods in the calculus of variations. Problems follow each chapter and the two appendices. Fresh, lively text is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in math and physics.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Ok if you are a mathematician
Good if you know the subject or are a mathematician. Arfken's Mathematical Methods for Physicists book has a section that is better than this book. The problem is that it is not extensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful
This book is really easy to get into. The first chapter on its own is worth the purchase price. After thumbing through that, I was in a position to start solving interesting problems. I was up and running with the basics within a day or so. Other books on the Calculus of Variations are a lot harder to get into and much more difficult to readily apply to problem solving.

Other books that present variational principles generally do it formally in terms of Frechet and Gateux derivatives on Banach spaces, whereas here, the approach is a little bit more ad hoc. The former approach can be heavy going for people who aren't comfortable with functional analysis and even then, actually solving specific problems can be headache. Fomin and Gelfand on the other hand demand very few prerequisites from their readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encompassing concise and comprehensible
My acquintance with the book starts with a course in
calculus of variations in Israel Institute of Technology - Technion.
I recommend this book as a prepration for the advanced
methods in chapter 8 of Tensors Differential Forms and Variational Principles - David Lovelock and Hanno Rund. Anyone who is about to study a course in General Relativity should take a year or leisure two years and read both books. I also recommend this book to anyone who deals with
shape matching, signal processing and image processing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite clear, straight-forward explanations
I like this book, certainly what I have read of it. I'm now digging around near page 75, and it struck me that for the first time I really "get it" - In particular, this was about the use of the Legendre transform. The authors start with a very gentle introduction of it, and then, while things become more abstract, the text never jumps too far and never leaves the reader too much in puzzling. It's ought to be studied though, and it's not "easy".

5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus of Variations
This book is a "must have" for those wanting to study topics in functional analysis. ... Read more

23. Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach (Second Edition)
by Morris Kline
Paperback: 960 Pages (1998-06-19)
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Asin: 0486404536
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Application-oriented introduction relates the subject as closely as possible to science. In-depth explorations of the derivative, the differentiation and integration of the powers of x, and theorems on differentiation and antidifferentiation lead to a definition of the chain rule and examinations of trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, techniques of integration, polar coordinates, much more. Clear-cut explanations, numerous drills, illustrative examples. 1967 edition.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Should I learn calculus from this book?
I am currently working through this book. Other reviewers have mentioned all the good points and features of this text. However, given the text is 920 pages long, the reader would normally be required to invest a lot of time working with it. With that in mind, it is natural to ask the all important question: whether this book is really for you? My answer is that it depends on your mathematical backgrounds.

As we know, Kline's approach to this book is intuitive. Kline argued that "intuition" is the way human's mind learns things; and he is right on. Especially with calculus whose essence being a collection of "mathematical methods" fundamental to the understanding of physical world. To study these mathematical methods without understanding or appreciating the physical problems or applications which gave birth to their (the methods') development is therefore meaningless and shallow. On this point alone, Kline's approach is a first rate introduction to calculus. On the other hand, Kline's text despite being quite thick never progresses beyond these intuitive functions; instead Kline spends a lot of space discussing elementary topics like analytic geometry and application in economics or examples from Newton' Principia. Very interesting of course, but one cannot find a rigorous discussion of functions or imaginary number or convergence of infinite series, all of which are essential basics for those who would progress to courses in analysis. An important question that it raises is: to whom this text is actually for?

My answer is that Kline's text works best for either those whose high-school math backgrounds is in a pretty bad shape but want to know calculus or for those who have learned calculus a long time ago and are now in "serious need" for some brush-up. Also for certain high school students who like physics but have never been at home with math, this book is really the missing keystone. There are many other good texts out there like Spivak's or Apostol's or Hardy's Pure Mathematics. These are ideal for college students whose high-school math is still fresh and strong and thus are more able to appreciate deeper/advanced topics like the foundation of number system or analytical treatment of functions. For these students (especially pure-math B.S. students), calculus texts that gear toward analysis (i.e. more rigorous) would better prepare them for future challenges.However, for people like myself, whose math education ended 14 year-ago in high school and who barely remember the cosine rule, working through texts like Spivak's or Hardy's simply lead to a bogged down. Kline's calculus, on the contrary, allows me to understand calculus both intuitively and profoundly without having to worry about my mathematical deficiency. What is lacking in rigorous treatment can be remedied by follow-through study of Spivak's or Hardy's text (after completing Kline's) which by then would be with much greater speed, understanding and appreciation.

All things discussed, this book is a truly 5-star treatment of calculus. Given the state of education and teaching in our times, no one might ever write like this again.

[Note: PDF file of solution manual (about 260 pages) can be conveniently obtained by writing to Dover Publication. Great job! Dover, for making this book available and affordable at the same time.]

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Kline is an excellent teacher and his philosophy of teaching mathematics is right on, in my opinion. Rigor does nothing for the understanding. How could it? Rigor makes everything neat, generalized, and the notation consistent. It also helps to make sure our intuition isn't playing tricks on us. So, it's important, but does nothing for learning this science. This book will enable you to understand all the important themes of calculus and proves them in a clear and natural way. No formal understanding of proof methods is necessary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent teaching style
I ordered this book about a month ago and have just started going through it. I really enjoy the writing style and the teaching approach. I have a math degree and know calculus but would recommend anyone who would like to understand calculus from an intuitive approach to also read this book. I am looking forward to how the material will be covered from a practical bent and what generated certain results in the calculus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mathematic Book in Prime Geometric Condition
Book arrived prompt and in fine condition.No problems with the seller, all good stuff.Party on and learn math... its more than one plus one dude

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic, non-rigorous introduction - old world style.
If you have the time, patience, and the inclination to get a strong introduction to Calculus then this book will probably meet your needs.Note I say 'probably' because for many of the young folks today the text may seem wordy and overly pedantic.Kline forfeits the graphical techniques of learning for the verbal.So one has to carefully follow the explanations.Later in the book graphical explanations for things like differentiation are explained.

So if you expect a fast paced text like say 'Calculus for Dummies', 'How to Ace Calculus' etc you will be disappointed.What I found helps is to get going with some modern quickie texts like Dummies etc and then go with Kline's work.This helps firm up some theory instead of just learning the mechanical stuff.Also, as others have pointed out, but this needs to be mentioned, the answers to problems can be obtained via a PDF from Dover.They answered my email promptly.

If you want a good reference for introductory Calculus without say the rigor of Apostol's text this is a great investment that should serve you for years to come.Excellent textbook. ... Read more

24. Pre-Calculus For Dummies
by Krystle Rose Forseth, Christopher Burger, Michelle Rose Gilman
Paperback: 408 Pages (2008-04-07)
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Asin: 0470169842
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Getting ready for calculus but still feel a bit confused? Have no fear. Pre-Calculus For Dummies is an unintimidating, hands-on guide that walks you through all the essential topics, from absolute value and quadratic equations to logarithms and exponential functions to trig identities and matrix operations.

With the help of this clear, easy-to-use resource, you’ll soon get a handle on all of the concepts — not just the number crunching — and understand how to perform all pre-calc tasks, from graphing to tackling proofs. You’ll also get a new appreciation for how these concepts are used in the real world, and find out that getting a decent grade in precalc isn’t as impossible as you thought. Discover how to:

  • Apply the major theorems and formulas
  • Understand quadratic, square-root, absolute value, cubic, and cube-root functions
  • Graph trig functions like a pro
  • Flip-flop with inverse functions
  • Find trig values on the unit circle
  • Work with trig identities and advanced identities
  • Tackle analytic geometry
  • Solve oblique triangles with the laws of sines and cosines
  • Use polar coordinates to express points on a plane
  • Identify function limits and continuity
  • Place vectors on a coordinate plane.
  • Rotate and shift conic section forms
  • Solve systems with mingling and matrices

If “the fun and easy way to learn pre-calc” seems like an oxymoron to you, order Pre-Calculus For Dummies today, and get ready to be surprised! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars review of pre-calculus for dummies
a great book that was delivered in great condition in a very timely manner. Thank you!

4-0 out of 5 stars great help!
This book is well-written. It explains the most complex lessons, from class, and "dumbs it down" for those of us who need that extra help. Pre-Cal for Dummies has helped me in many cases.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible book.
This is one of the worst "dummies" books I've ever read.It was condescending, dull, and poorly written.If you're looking for pre-calculus help, look elsewhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Excercise Book but some mistakes and no errata???
It seems the authors break their own rule in the first chapter on PEMDAS. This is a simple problem, but they wrote it out wrong in answers where they perform addition and subtraction first before multiplication. I think it should be the other way around. i.e. Ex 4 - Ch 1. abs(5 * 1 - 4 + 6) = 7 not 9. Every monkey knows multiplication is performed first. I'm not sure what the authors were thinking starting with subtraction first???I'm kinda blushing here...I punched this into my TI-89 Titanium and I get the same answer as I had come up with for the nominator. Calculators follow PEMDAS rule, so am I missing something here? Please, put an errata up people and have a forum, otherwise your books are useless. This is a refresher for me as I'm going in for calculus next fall. Mistakes as such would flunk a student in those courses...

3-0 out of 5 stars Another error from this book
p. 107
"Figure 5.5 illustrates this last step, which yields the parent log's graph".If you look at the graph, it is labeled f(x)=log^x.The parent log being graphed is f(x)=logx.Two very different equations.

I checked Wiley's website.I cannot find errata for this book. ... Read more

25. Student Solutions Manual, Single Variable, for Thomas' Calculus: Early Transcendentals
by George B. Thomas, Maurice D. Weir, Joel Hass
Paperback: 384 Pages (2010-05-13)
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Asin: 032165692X
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This manual contains completely worked-out solutions for all the odd-numbered exercises in the text, covering Chapters 1--11. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what was described.
The book was in good shape, exactly as it was described.Received it quickly.Totally satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
The product was as described. It was a great deal!! Highly Recommended! Thank you for the extra stuff that came with it =)

3-0 out of 5 stars I like his style
This book was pretty good. My teacher didn't care that much for the subject matter and mostly wanted to end class early. I relied heavily on the material in the book. Overall though, I thought the author did a good job. Having the solutions manual helped me understand it alot better. I was able to purchase the solutions manual electronically by emailing zmanual(at)gmail(dot)com. Best of luck.

1-0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the worst Calc books ever
This book is the equivalent of that arrogant professor that assumes his students are stupid. I have taken Calculus several times (picky colleges won't accept Calc credits.. UM, UA, HU) and eventually I even taught Calculus. Texts like this are the reason why people hate math. The examples are nothing like the practice questions, the warm up (early questions) have very complex answers and the text itself overuses mathematical jargon to further complicate things. Even the equation and trig reference charts are crap. Calculus is designed as a basis for higher level math. If you make it ugly and confusing from the beginning, it spawns entire classes of students that have a weak foundation and end up more confused and frustrated later on. When the semester ended, my copy sat in the fireplace. At least it was useful for keeping warm, because it certainly was no good at teaching math.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money
We all know the answers in the back of a math textbook aren't always useful if you can't figure out how they got them.This book is the solutions manual and provides a step-by-step process of solution.Worth the money for upper level calc. ... Read more

26. Student Study Guide, Volume 1 for Larson/Hostetler/Edwards' Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions, 4th
by Ron Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, Bruce H. Edwards
Paperback: 560 Pages (2006-05-03)
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Asin: 0618606270
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Includes solutions to all odd-numbered text exercises in Chapters 1-11. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars AMust Have Solution Guide for Calculus Students!
I find this book helpful when I'm working on my Homeworks. It's a shame that it doesn't have solutions for even-numbered questions. However, when you're stuck and want to find out how to solve a certain problem, it's a go-to book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful
Great for students who are interested in additional help outside the classroom. The manual provides step by step answers to the odd problems in the text book. If you are dedicated to achieving an A in the class, the manual will help a great deal!

2-0 out of 5 stars CALCULUS

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Decent Review book
Review book is decent, It doesn't show all the steps, I would have like them to at least write the Identity that they decide to use for some problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource... worth the buy
This book is fantastic and such a help.Even though this material can be viewed free through [...], I find it more useful to have in hand. ... Read more

27. Stochastic Calculus for Finance I: The Binomial Asset Pricing Model (Springer Finance) (Volume 0)
by Steven E. Shreve
Paperback: 187 Pages (2005-06-28)
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Asin: 0387249680
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Stochastic Calculus for Finance evolved from the first ten years of the Carnegie Mellon Professional Master's program in Computational Finance. The content of this book has been used successfully with students whose mathematics background consists of calculus and calculus-based probability. The text gives both precise statements of results, plausibility arguments, and even some proofs, but more importantly intuitive explanations developed and refine through classroom experience with this material are provided. The book includes a self-contained treatment of the probability theory needed for stochastic calculus, including Brownian motion and its properties. Advanced topics include foreign exchange models, forward measures, and jump-diffusion processes.

This book is being published in two volumes. The first volume presents the binomial asset-pricing model primarily as a vehicle for introducing in the simple setting the concepts needed for the continuous-time theory in the second volume.

Chapter summaries and detailed illustrations are included. Classroom tested exercises conclude every chapter. Some of these extend the theory and others are drawn from practical problems in quantitative finance.

Advanced undergraduates and Masters level students in mathematical finance and financial engineering will find this book useful.

Steven E. Shreve is Co-Founder of the Carnegie Mellon MS Program in Computational Finance and winner of the Carnegie Mellon Doherty Prize for sustained contributions to education.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to option privcing
Shreve's book is an excellent introduction to basic options pricing. He not only deals with plain vanilla options, but also shows how the binomial model can be used to to value exotic options. Each chapter has exercises which not only apply what is taught but force you to think and ensure that you really understand it.

Little more than basic algebra is required to understand the text, making it very accessible. His expositions of topics such as martingales, markov processes, etc. are very good. The text can be dense, though--there's a great deal of information.

In short, if you want an introduction of how options can be priced without the partial differential equations in the Black-Scholes model, this is an excellent choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best SC book ever
I have the 1st version (pdf), so I hesitated before I make the purchase. Now it turns out that the book is worthy every buck.

1. Use coin tossing space consistently as working sample. Very intuitive, never get the idea lost in abstract concepts.

2. Detailed workout of examples. Very good for self study.

3. Plenty of hands-on homeworks. Not necessarily very challenging. But provide good amount of extra examples.

If anything the book can add, I hope it can supply implementations, in Matlab or C++. Well, it may be far stretching for a math book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book
excellent book for anybody who is a student of financial calculus . One can get some insight into how financial managers plan portfolios and how they make investment decisions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great intro for discrete-time models
I studied this book for the first half of a fourth year financial maths subject at univerisity of melbourne. Binomial models are the only feasible model for pricing american derivatives at the moment, so it is worthwhile to learn the mechanics of such practical models. The author proves all his theorems elegantly using mathematical induction. He even uses proability theory and discrete-time martingale theories to simplify the valuation of European-type derivatives (just take conditional expectations and discount straight back to the current time -- instead of doing those backward averaging and discount node by node; both methods are done under the risk-neutral measure).

5-0 out of 5 stars fantabulous!!!
i have read so many books on financial engineering but this one makes all theories so streamlined!!! I read Neftci and I liked it. After reading this, all steps come out clear. The part 2 is fascinating as well. Hail Mugambo! ... Read more

28. How to Ace the Rest of Calculus: The Streetwise Guide, Including Multi-Variable Calculus
by Colin Adams, Abigail Thompson, Joel Hass
Paperback: 304 Pages (2001-05-01)
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The sequel to How to Ace Calculus, How to Ace the Rest of Calculus provides humorous and highly readable explanations of the key topics of second and third semester calculus—such as sequences and series, polor coordinates, and multivariable calculus—without the technical details and fine print that would be found in a formal text.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for brushing up on more difficult topics
I picked up this little book to help me brush up on Calc 2 and 3 topics so I could pick and choose topics to teach my AP class after the AP exam.The book reads very easily and is full of puns and math humor, including some great examples that will help concepts stick.My one gripe is that the actual problem examples are circumstantial and are not very extensive, so you would definitely have to pick up a textbook and try some problems of the same type before you can say you've "got it"... But I suspect most books of this type are similar.If it were a Barron's book, it would be twice the size, like the Barron's book is!But the topic selection is great and difficult to find in this format.Pick this one up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unless your Whole Genome Just Goes "A-D-H-D" this Book Will Help
The bad:
To do the hardest problems in the world, you're gonna need another book and your own gags to soften'm up--maybe a pencil with an eraser that looks like Gallagher's sledgehammer, or Maxwell's silver one. Theory queries need another book.

The good:
If you don't want to feel like killing while reading your math book, this'll feel like learning math from a Mahatma--and girls I've lent it to love it (an'if ya lak my styyyle, comment at me).

5-0 out of 5 stars Bring Calculus To Its Knees
Two of my IT professors of the University of Minnesota recommended this book.
The three of us recommend it to anyone that is looking for down-to-earth perspectives, real world examples and the best darn calculus help money can buy.
This book will make asking your TA for help obsolete.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Calculus book I've read
This is by far the best Calculus book I've read.In the first 10 pages it helped me understand some fundametal ideas that were always obscure to me.I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Review - Textbook Companion
Should not replace your textbook, but is great for supplement.I decided to take multivariate calculus after not taking a math class for more than 3 years.I read the corresponding chapter in prior to each lecture and got an A in the class.Each chapter takes less than 20 min to read andprovided a great introduction with examples for all topics. Helped me understand the class lectures much more thoroughly.I would highly recommend this book. ... Read more

29. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Calculus AB and BC, 2010-2011 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)
by William Ma
Paperback: 512 Pages (2009-11-13)
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Asin: 0071624759
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A Perfect Plan for the Perfect Score

We want you to succeed on your AP* exam. That's why we've created this 5-step plan to help you study more effectively, use your preparation time wisely, and get your best score. This easy-to-follow guide offers you a complete review of your AP course, strategies to give you the edge on test day, and plenty of practice with AP-style test questions. You'll sharpen your subject knowledge, strengthen your thinking skills, and build your test-taking confidence with

  • Full-length practice exams modeled on the real test
  • All the terms and concepts you need to know to get your best score
  • Your choice of three customized study schedules--so you can pick the one that meets your needs

The 5-Step Plan helps you get the most out of your study time:
Step 1: Set Up Your Study Program
Step 2: Determine Your Readiness
Step 3: Develop the Strategies
Step 4: Review the Knowledge
Step 5: Build Your Confidence

Topics include: Limits and Continuity, Differentiation,Graphs of Functions and Derivatives, Applications of Derivatives, More Applications of Derivatives, Integration, Definite Integrals, Areas and Volumes, More Applications of Definite Integrals, and Series
Also includes: AB practice exams and BC practice exams

*AP, Advanced Placement Program, and College Board are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Looks Good
Came quickly, perfect shape, now I can't wait to start AP Calc .. (kidding.) :)

1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE BOOK DON"T BUY
When I first got the book I had good hopes but they were immediately vanished after I started reading it. The explanations provided are limited to almost nothing at all. The entire book is basically 10 examples for each concept provided with no explanations but only shown work that sometimes does not make any sense because of the mistakes in it. Also constantly contradicts what it does and does not write anything about why they did that. I want my money back. ... Read more

30. Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals
by James Stewart
Hardcover: 912 Pages (2007-01-25)
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Asin: 049501169X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Success in your calculus course starts here! James Stewart's CALCULUS texts are world-wide best-sellers for a reason: they are clear, accurate, and filled with relevant, real-world examples. With CALCULUS: EARLY TRANCENDENTALS, Sixth Edition, Stewart conveys not only the utility of calculus to help you develop technical competence, but also gives you an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty of the subject. His patient examples and built-in learning aids will help you build your mathematical confidence and achieve your goals in the course! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars awesome guide, two books in one!
im using this book for college calc and think it is awesome. the author makes everything readable and gives enough examples so that you can easily figure out what he is talking about. anyone who has complaints about ths just arent working hard enough. the price on here is just because this edition is two full textbooks in one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer
They were prompt and sent me exactly what I needed. I would definitely recommend them!

4-0 out of 5 stars school book
The book was sent (and received) in the time frame needed.Moreover, all communications with the seller were easy and efficient.I would definitely purchase from this seller again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus
This book was a really good deal and a lot cheaper than at the bookstore. It was exactly as described and it got to me very quickly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product
Great product, came in time, although the shipping was expensive for how long it took for me to get it. ... Read more

31. Calculus (With Analytic Geometry)(8th edition)
by Ron Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, Bruce H. Edwards
Hardcover: 1328 Pages (2005-01-11)
list price: US$236.95 -- used & new: US$52.00
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Asin: 061850298X
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Designed for the three-semester calculus course for math and science majors, Calculus continues to offer instructors and students new and innovative teaching and learning resources. This was the first calculus text to use computer-generated graphics, to include exercises involving the use of computers and graphing calculators, to be available in an interactive CD-ROM format, to be offered as a complete, online calculus course, and to offer a two-semester Calculus I with Precalculus text. Every edition of the series has made the mastery of traditional calculus skills a priority, while embracing the best features of new technology and, when appropriate, calculus reform ideas. Now, the Eighth Edition is the first calculus program to offer algorithmic homework and testing created in Maple so that answers can be evaluated with complete mathematical accuracy. Two primary objectives guided the authors in writing this book: to develop precise, readable materials for students that clearly define and demonstrate concepts and rules of calculus and to design comprehensive teaching resources for instructors that employ proven pedagogical techniques and saves the instructor time. The Eighth Edition continues to provide an evolving range of conceptual, technological, and creative tools that enable instructors to teach the way they want to teach and students to learn they way they learn best. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A remarkable calculus text
I'm a physics and mathematics major at Northern Arizona University, and needed a calculus text that would supplement the three semesters of introductory calculus and make for a great long term reference. This is the book I was looking for. Through calculus I, II, and III I used this book to go over the concepts we learned in class to gain a better understanding of the material, and see more concrete examples. The concepts were clearly written, broken down to understand intuitively, and, if you're like me and enjoy precision, the rigor is there as well.

I've seen a few reviews complaining of the technical and abstract sections of the book. I would like to stress that the book is first and foremost about gaining an intuitive and deep understanding of the material--not to give quixotic proofs of everything under the sun.

If you would rather imitate like a monkey and just pound numbers into formulas and follow cookie cutter recipes to get to the answer without true understanding, you can learn to do that from this book (like any other calculus or engineering book). But if you want a deep lucid knowledge of calculus, this book provides it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus book in amazing condition
This book was in fantastic shape as described, it had writing on 1 of the pages in the part before chapter 1, other than that, the book was spotless and in great shape. Extremely fast shipper, highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Calculus book
The book was in very good condition to be a used book and I recieved it in a few days. So im satisfied. thanks

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Book
This book is pretty solid.I am learing Calculus for the first time and have been very pleased with the format and descriptions.I like that there are bios of people who have contributed to the foundation of Calculus as well.Examples are strong as well.My only gripe would be that some of the examples skip steps, but it's mostly algebra related so I would reccomend a either a strong algebra backround, or also have a source to go to when you need assistance with algebra.

5-0 out of 5 stars CAL
The shipping was exremley fast. Book was in great condition and look brand new. I dnt knw if the person who delivered yhe package dropped the book but the package it was in was damaged. When i took it out the book was just fine no damage done. ... Read more

32. Calculus
by Ron Larson, Bruce H. Edwards
Hardcover: 1328 Pages (2009-01-16)
list price: US$216.95 -- used & new: US$143.00
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Asin: 0547167024
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Larson CALCULUS program has a long history of innovation in the calculus market. It has been widely praised by a generation of users for its solid and effective pedagogy that addresses the needs of a broad range of teaching and learning styles and environments. Each title is just one component in a comprehensive calculus course program that carefully integrates and coordinates print, media, and technology products for successful teaching and learning. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
This Calculus book is a good buy because it has great examples and it teaches all the formalities that Calculus students need to know for college. Since it has Calculus I, II, and III course material in it the book is a good buy for how much it costs. I spent about 100 dollars on it and since I'm taking Calculus I, II, and III my 100 dollars is going a lot further. As of right now I'm only on chapter 3 but this book really makes Calculus make sense.

5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus
The book arrived on time. It was much cheaper than buying it at school and it was brand new!

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical
This is the second calculus book that I have bought. I had made the mistake of buying only the single variable book. That is a good thing to do only if you are taking calculus one and two. If you plan on taking all four levels of calculus, buy this book. It includes single and multivariable calculus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is totally sufficient.I've read a couple reviews that say stuff like 'needs adequate examples to cover problems people will potentially be seeing in the problem sections...'
I had this book in college & I'm a workaholic.If you assign me 10 homework problems, I'll do 50 & then I'll do them again to make sure I really understood them.
There were very few times where there was a problem that couldn't be done.I'm not a 'brain' and the only reason I get good grades in math is due to work ethic, not special talent. If you do the problems in order, you shouldn't have a problem with understanding the questions. The sections are designed to step your level up as you're going through the problems.The theory questions may throw you but thats normal & there are too few of those to trip you up any way.This book isn't for the theory, its for Calc I, Calc II or Calc III which has very little theory in the syllabus.There's a seperate course for theory & it will give you its own headaches b/c when you have questions about why things were proved in certain ways, your teacher will have no clue but they still try to give a BS answer to trick you into thinking they do (they restate the definition/proof the waygradeschooler rewrites an Encyclopedia page for a report. They don't realize that students would respect them more if they just say 'I really don't know but if you understand the proof for what it is rather than how it came to be, you'll get through the section fine.'Which is how honest one of my teachers was at the beginning of a class I had in theory.).

1-0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version: Not Ready for Prime Time!
I bought the Kindle version of this book because I need a calculus reference to take with me and I don't want to carry another really big book.I have to say that having a text like this in my Kindle is a wonderful thing.I've seen some negative comments about the material in this book.Frankly, I find it to be a very understandable text.I like the author's presentation.So why one star?The formatting of the Kindle version.Wow!I'm reading through the first chapter and there are literally dozens of places where you have a variable name, such as x or y, that is joined to the next word (ex: For the function fdefined...are used instead of x.To evaluate...function was fi rst, etc)On one page the word "nonverticallines" appears twice.Here's one: "...are equivalent because Ll=0."There's no "Ll" anywhere else on the page.What this should have been was delta-x = 0.There are run-together's, misspellings, things left out, incorrect symbols...Again, that's only the first chapter.It's a shame to pay $139.00 and get a mess like this.This one's not ready for prime time. ... Read more

33. Calculus Essentials For Dummies (For Dummies (Math & Science))
by Mark Ryan
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-05-17)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Many colleges and universities require students to take at least one math course, and Calculus I is often the chosen option. Calculus Essentials For Dummies provides explanations of key concepts for students who may have taken calculus in high school and want to review the most important concepts as they gear up for a faster-paced college course. Free of review and ramp-up material, Calculus Essentials For Dummies sticks to the point with content focused on key topics only. It provides discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in a typical two-semester high school calculus class or a college level Calculus I course, from limits and differentiation to integration and infinite series. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical calculus concepts as they help high school students with homework assignments, as well as for adult learners headed back into the classroom who just need a refresher of the core concepts.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Reviewing Calc 1 (or Calc AB)
I bought this book as a refresher since it had been 4 years since I last did any kind of formal calculus class.For that purpose (use as a refresher) this is really a superb text.It offered a quick, plain English summary of a one year high school calc course (Calc AB AP) or a one semester college course (Calc 1 or equivalent).I doubt one could learn single variable calculus from this book alone, but it could also work as a nice supplement for understanding the main concepts of a first year calculus course.

With the exception of one of the later chapters entitled "Integration for Experts", I was able to follow all of the material in the book on first read, making it true to its "For Dummies" moniker.So, again, this is not a book for complete calculus neophytes, but rather a helpful piece of review material or supplemental coverage. ... Read more

34. Calculus Problem Solver (REA) (Problem Solvers)
by The Staff of REA
Paperback: 1104 Pages (1998)
list price: US$25.95 -- used & new: US$13.99
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Asin: 0878915052
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Covers topics usually given in Calculus I, II, and III.Differentiation and integration are illustrated with detailed algebraicand trigonometric operations.Different fields of applications arethoroughly covered with numerous illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just buy it....You can't go wrong
I purchased Calculus as well as Differential Equations and both cut strait to the bone. They have saved me a great deal of time wading through the recommended texts and comprehending very little of the language and explanations. I find it no wonder that plenty of people find attempting to learn higher mathematics such a daunting task. I give credit to those who attempt to make these subjects more accessible rather than construct more barriers to keep the club exclusive. I only wish I purchased Advanced Calculus at the same time. Well-done REA!

3-0 out of 5 stars Calculus problem solving
Book is what I wanted but the description from the seller said it was a 2002 edition. It is a 1991 revised edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will keep you busy
Many books do well explaining the concepts but don't support drilling in the requisite skills. This book provides PLENTY of exercises for every type of calculus problem you are likely to run into.

With over 1100 problems, you'll be busy... and there are plenty of nasty problems to challenge your knowledge.

Provides good solution steps.

2-0 out of 5 stars This book attempts to help you understand through working problems at the expense of conceptual understanding, and does neither.
I gave this book 2 stars only because it seems like it might be of use to students in Calc 1 until they get to the definite integral, if it's covered. I am in Calc 2, and in an hr, was able to determine I should send this back. Here's why.

I purchased this book specifically hoping it would provide me with tons of problems to understand definite integrals and indefinite integrals, and to gain some insight on what the meaning of them is. This book doesn't include enough explanation to be of use, or enough problems to understand concepts through practice.

Here's an example. In Chapter 23, Fundamental Integration, shouldn't they explain what an integral is? Where's the first Fundamental Theorem? The definite integral of a rate of change gives total change. Then throw in some problems with units to reflect that the units of the answer of a definite integral will not = the units of the input. velocity --> position. This is a HUGE concept, and if it's addressed, and I missed it, someone please let me know.

Next, I needed help on the 2nd Fundamental Theorem, the Construction theorem I think? In this one, you plug in expressions with variables for one the bounds of the integral, and it transforms the integrand into a new function. So the def. integral isn't ALWAYS a number, it can be used to find functions as well. I need some work on this, because this kind of relates to the chain rule of differentiation I think, and my textbook doesn't provide any good examples. Also, problems where you must differentiate one of these integrals involve a variable change that can be tricky. Not covered well, if at all. The 2nd Fundamental theorem isn't mentioned either. Wow.

Finally, integration by parts. Doesn't this reverse the product rule of differentiation (as substitution reverses the chain rule)? Why not show why this works briefly??!

Bottom line: If you're in Calc 1, give this a shot. If you're in Calc 2: Unless you have an outstanding instructor, and an outstanding textbook, please look elsewhere. I wish I had.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I found it to be nothing more than a condensed textbook. It's probably OK if you need it to brush up on Calc after a number of years. But, if you need it to clearly explain concepts that your text cannot, it is worthless. ... Read more

35. Student Solutions Manual Single Variable Calculus
by James Stewart
Paperback: 560 Pages (2007-08-01)
list price: US$73.95 -- used & new: US$47.49
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Provides completely worked-out solutions to all odd-numbered exercises within the text, giving you a way to check your answers and ensure that you took the correct steps to arrive at an answer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent study tool
When you're unsure how to go about a problem, this book goes through attaining the answer in a step by step format. It's a great study tool and I recommend it to all Calculus students.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good solutions manual!!
As with most "official" solutions manuals, this one is pretty much junk. It contains "full" solutions to only odd problems, and those "full" solutions generally skip steps, assume that you've already mastered the concepts (which you obviously haven't at this level), and on occasion, don't even solve problems the way the book recommends. Instead of purchasing a solutions manual for this Calculus book, I'd just recommend using Cramster. For free they've got AWESOME solutions to all odds which clearly explain what's going on, and for ten bucks a month they got you covered on all the evens as well. For some reason this site is not as well-known as it should be, but save yourself some money and headaches and check it out before buying crappy solutions manuals. Just use your favorite search engine for Cramster, it's one decision you won't regret!

5-0 out of 5 stars Use wisely
When I was reading reviews for this several people complained that the problems and sections do not match up correctly. This is true. The math book this is based on has several versions and things keep getting moved around. The farther you get along in the book, the more that becomes apparent.

But. By checking the index, you can always find the section you need. And by scanning up and down the list of problems they solve, I was usually able to find a problem close enough to what stumped me to help me figure it out. If you want someone to do your thinking for you, don't bother. If you want an extra boost in understanding without the help of extra tutoring, this is perfect.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not match the Textbook
This solution book does not match the textbook they sell in the online and it does not include the problems but only have textbook's page and problem's number that it is totally useless. Only if you have matching textbook then you can buy it otherwise do not buy it. I returned it right after I received it three weeks ago but I still did not get credit. Again, Do not buy it unless you are absolutely sure you have matching textbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
Helps me on my Home Work. Prevents me from spending an hour on a hard problem. ... Read more

36. Schaum's Outline of Advanced Calculus, Third Edition (Schaum's Outline Series)
by Robert Wrede, Murray Spiegel
Paperback: 456 Pages (2010-01-25)
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Tough Test Questions? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time?

Fortunately for you, there's Schaum's.

More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum's is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. You also get hundreds of examples, solvedproblems, and practice exercises to test your skills.

This Schaum's Outline gives you

  • 1,370 fully solved problems
  • Complete review of all course fundamentals
  • Clear, concise explanations of all Advanced Calculus concepts

Fully compatible with your classroom text, Schaum's highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use Schaum's to shorten your study time--and get your best test scores!

Topics include: Numbers; Sequences;Functions, Limits, and Continuity; Derivatives; Integrals; Partial Derivatives; Vectors; Applications of Partial Derivatives; Multiple Integrals; Line Integrals, Surface Integrals, and Integral Theorems; Infinite Series; Improper Integrals; Fourier Series; Fourier Integrals; Gamma and Beta Functions; and Functions of a Complex Variable

Schaum's Outlines--Problem Solved.

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37. University Calculus: Elements plus MyMathLab Student Starter Kit
by Joel Hass, Maurice D. Weir, George B. Thomas
 Paperback: 832 Pages (2008-08-04)
list price: US$126.00 -- used & new: US$119.00
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Asin: 032157057X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This streamlined version of ‘Thomas’ Calculus’ provides a faster-paced, precise and accurate presentation of calculus for a college-level calculus course. ‘University Calculus’ covers both single variable and multivariable calculus and is appropriate for a three semester or four quarter course. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars University Calculus Review
The book was in good condition and it had the online book code still inside! The shipping took a while, but it was still a satisfactory product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Calculus book ever!
I had to use this book for my classes and had to refer to another book [Calculus: Early Transcendentals] that explained so much better to understand the material. Even my math instructors hated this book and would not pick this book to teach but had no choice! In this book, there is hardly any explanation to help with the homework or even where the stuff came from. I feel so cheated and get really bittered whenever I have to crack open the lousy book or even look at it! I always keep my text books for reference; however, this is THE one book I would not hesistate to sell or even recycle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Eh...
It presents all the content adequately but there is too much superfluous information in between that I could care less about.Needs to get to the point quicker and trim about 500 pages out of the book.I am not a mathlete and the book did a good job at reviewing/teaching me Calculs for my college math class.Good book just long winded.

3-0 out of 5 stars Really? This is help??
I thought this book would be of help in my calculus II class, but because it has step-by-step solutions to only the odd-numbered problems, it wasn't much help at all. Although what is there is very straightforward and easy to understand, it would be ideal if the author would show all problems, or even a sample of each kind of problem. This is really no better than the back-of-the-book answers. Keep looking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I chose this as the "used book". However, when I get it, it is almost totally new. I really like it. And the shipping speed is fast. ... Read more

38. The Manga Guide to Calculus
by Hiroyuki Kojima, Shin Togami, Ltd. Becom Co.
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-08-12)
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Asin: 1593271948
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Noriko is just getting started as a junior reporter for the Asagake Times. She wants to cover the hard-hitting issues, like world affairs and politics, but does she have the smarts for it? Thankfully, her overbearing and math-minded boss, Mr. Seki, is here to teach her how to analyze her stories with a mathematical eye.

In The Manga Guide to Calculus, you'll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors. You'll see that calculus is a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the world around us, with help from real-world examples like probability, supply and demand curves, the economics of pollution, and the density of Shochu (a Japanese liquor).

Mr. Seki teaches Noriko how to:

  • Use differentiation to understand a function's rate of change
  • Apply the fundamental theorem of calculus, and grasp the relationship between a function's derivative and its integral
  • Integrate and differentiate trigonometric and other complicated functions
  • Use multivariate calculus and partial differentiation to deal with tricky functions
  • Use Taylor Expansions to accurately imitate difficult functions with polynomials

Whether you're struggling through a calculus course for the first time or you just need a painless refresher, you'll find what you're looking for in The Manga Guide to Calculus.

This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Magna Guide To Calculus
This is an excellent book to teach yourself how to do calculus. Examples are excellent. It took me a while just to figure out what the word function meant until I read this. Then, it became a little more clearer. What better to way to learn than to have fun? Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift idea
I got this as a gift for my son in law and he really likes the Japanese stuff
so I know he enjoyed the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have got to say, I am quite impressed with The Manga Guide to Calculus. As the title suggests, it is an introduction into the ideas of differential and integral calculus through the use of manga and a story line. The book fulfills on this goal and then some.

The Manga Guide to Calculus starts off with a brief introduction and review of functions. It then jumps right into derivatives, what they mean, and how to compute them. Integration is then considered along Taylor series and partial differentiation. Throughout the story, the guide frequently references real world applications in economics, physics, and chemistry, and explains problems in these fields through the use of calculus. The author also includes probability, statistics, and trigonometry sections with calculus explanations. Exercises exist at the end of each section for you to complete and solutions are presented at end of the book.

There are a few downsides to the manga style of presentation. Formal proofs and definitions do not lend themselves well to be included, and the book is certainly lacking in this area. There may also be some areas which the reader will have to go over a few times to fully understand and see how the book goes from one idea to the next because of the amount of information being presented.

I would recommend this book to those who want a brief review of calculus, beginners who want context as to its uses, and to those who enjoy reading a good math book. This book is not for those who need a thorough review since many important topics are skipped such as limits, related rates, and volumes of rotations. Overall, Hiroyuki Kojima and Shin Togami did an excellent job in writing and illustrating the book respectively, which makes The Manga Guide to Calculus a very different and attractive learning tool.

4-0 out of 5 stars there will never exist a shortcut to calculus
There is a legend that when the greek mathematician Euclid was tutoring King Ptolemy in math, that Ptolemy in frustration with the difficulty of the subject asked Euclid if there was an easier way to explain the concepts, to which Euclid replied "there is no royal road to mathematics". That saying applies today to Calculus, there are no shortcuts to fast-track you into Calculus. You need a solid understanding of Algebra, Trigonometry and Geometry before you can learn Calculus. So if you have the prerequisite math background, you might find this book helpful. But if you think a cartoon book is going to open your eyes to the underlying concepts of Calculus and allow you to work backwards to understand the prerequisite math, well be prepared to have some cartoon characters make you look like a fool.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to get in to calculus!
This book follows the same great approach as the Manga Guide to Physics: Break a complex idea down in to small pieces, clearly explain it with practical examples, and use the fun Manga comic style to wrap the entire concept in a great story.

I never took calculus in high school or college, yet I was able to get through the Guide and come out at the end with a pretty fair understanding of it. Moreover, I actually enjoyed the learning journey!

My nine year-old daughter loves these books and always reads through them after I'm done. She's not coming away from the books with great knowledge of the concepts, but she's finding them interesting, fun, and is less intimidated with the subjects. I think that's a big win because these guides are laying some good ground work for her to come back to later. ... Read more

39. Basic Technical Mathematics with Calculus (9th Edition)
by Allyn J. Washington
Hardcover: 1152 Pages (2008-07-27)
list price: US$170.40 -- used & new: US$118.22
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Asin: 0138142262
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This new edition preserves the author's highly regarded approach to technical math, while enhancing the integration of technology in the text.  A fully developed MyMathLab program that may be packaged with every text, providing students with unlimited practice, guided instruction, and video worked examples for every section of the textbook. New exercises add variety of learning opportunities for students,providing students with a greater variety of exercises. There is coverage of the advanced graphing calculator (T189), primarily for use in the calculus chapters. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars The only thing this book has taught me is how short my fuse is
This has to be the worst math book I've ever used.The examples are terrible and very few and far between, and the ones that are there are worded in the most convoluted manner possible.I'm not a math whiz, if I was I wouldn't be using this book to begin with.It's been nothing but frustrating trying to do the exercises at the end of each section as most of them are nothing like the examples shown, and you have to "read between the lines" to try and understand it.I think if you're the type that understands math very well along with a very good understanding of the terminology it may be a decent book, but if you're trying to actually learn this stuff you have my sympathy.

1-0 out of 5 stars thought 8th edition was bad - 9th is worse.
I absolutly hate this book.Does not give good explainations - hard to follow - I actually had to buy other books to explain the concepts in this one to do the homework problems.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably bad text book
This textbook launches right into it, with no real introduction to relevant mathematics. It begins with differentiation of boring terms like real, imaginary, irrational and rational numbers. The student, unless already an accomplished mathematician with no need for this book, is overwhelmed with complex terms and definitions. It's like a mathematician wrote this book. Ideally, a person with skill at translating these convoluted terms of math should be writing the text portion, but it seems as though that's not the case here. The chaos continues into the exercise portion of the book, which hosts problems such as:

"In an electric circuit, the reciprocal of the total capacitance of two capacitors in series is the sum of the reciprocals of the capacitance. Find the total capacitance of two capacitances of 0.0040 F and 0.0010 F connected in series."


29. "If a and b are positive integers and b is greater than a, what type of number is represented by the following?"

**(a) b-a *************(b) a-b*********(c) b-a/b+a (fraction w/o horizontal bar)***

the answers in the back of the book state that: (a) is positive, (b) is negative, and (c) is "a positive rational number less than 1"

All the problem (#29) states is that a and b are both positive, so how can value be attributed to them when no value is given? Unbelievable...

Anyway, if you are forced to get this awful textbook then you might want to point out the seemingly infinite discrepancies therein to your teacher/professor. For me, I believe that this textbook is going to keep me from doing the best I can do since it confuses and frustrates me. I hope you (student) aren't required to use this 1000+ page muddling paperweight. Good luck if you are.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tech Math by Washington
Standard technical institute math book covering everything from (very) basic algebra to basic calculus and differential equations.We used it at Greenville (SC) Technical College for several quarters in the engineering technologies as part of the core curricula.

Also used it for a semester at Clemson for an applied math course in the BSET program in addition to the obligatory 2 semesters of calculus.Covering this whole book in a semester was, shall we say, an adventure.

Suggestion - shop Amazon's new/used department for a discount seller.The retail price on this book demonstrates the phrase "sticker shock".

1-0 out of 5 stars Not much for the money...
If you are a math major or natural math whiz this may be a decent book, but having been out of school for years and having to really work at math this book is pure misery to depend on to learn math. Very few examples and the explanations are unclear and lacking details. Its to bad the schools cannot come up with a better textbook than this. ... Read more

40. Stochastic Calculus for Finance II: Continuous-Time Models (Springer Finance) (v. 2)
by Steven E. Shreve
Hardcover: 550 Pages (2004-06-03)
list price: US$74.95 -- used & new: US$56.25
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Asin: 0387401016
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"A wonderful display of the use of mathematical probability to derive a large set of results from a small set of assumptions. In summary, this is a well-written text that treats the key classical models of finance through an applied probability approach....It should serve as an excellent introduction for anyone studying the mathematics of the classical theory of finance." --SIAM

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Customer Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best for non-math-PhD people
Clear and illustrative.
Certainly can satisfy your eager to do math stuff as long as you are not a well trained professional mathematics PhD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Price
Enjoyed finding the book I needed at a much cheaper price than the school bookstore!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book that explains..
As one of my Math professors put it, "a mathematician will never ever dream of coming up with Black-Scholes formula". The key here is to understand why Fischer Black and Myron Scholes were forced to make the kind of assumptions they have made to price an option contract. The adapted processes, the sigma algebras and several such seemingly abstract concepts are hard to understand or even teach in one or two semesters. It seems the accepted pedagogical approach in teaching this subject has been to skim the surface and focus on the senseless derivation and application of this now infamous formula. You were told that somehow (magically) Black-Scholes works. You were also told to take many things on faith. But for those you who are not willing to surrender that easily, Steven Shreve can be your savior. The author meticulously proved everything. He explains (in amazingly concise format), the most basic ingredients of continuous time finance. There is undoubtedly a philosophical bent to the whole approach and that becomes apparent as you read the book.
The best part is that you could start almost anywhere and work your way backwards through easily navigable theorems and definitions. The notation is straightforward; however it does take some time to get used to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good and rigourous intro to financial maths
This is definitely one of the best introductory books on financial mathematics. The book starts to make sense after a summer course in discrete-time martingale course (using william's blue book). Shreve's book gives a general introduction to Brownian motion and Ito stochastic calculus. At the same time, he shows how to apply these theoreis into financial maths, equity or interest rate etc. If you want to learn financial mathematics at a relatively more rigourous level (yet still not too difficult), this is the book to read. If you want intuition and implementation, I strongly recommend Mark Joshi's concepts and practice of mathematical finance.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book on quantitative finance
Nicely written. Shreve is the one of the best authors in mathematical writings(another one I like is milnor). Worth buying one. ... Read more

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