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1. The Calculus Diaries: How Math
2. Calculus for Dummies
3. Barron's AP Calculus
4. Calculus Made Easy
5. The Humongous Book of Calculus
6. How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise
7. The Calculus Direct: An intuitively
8. The Calculus Lifesaver: All the
9. Schaum's Outline of Calculus,
10. Calculus Workbook For Dummies
11. Calculus: Early Transcendentals
12. Student Solutions Manual for Single
13. Calculus (College Review Series)
14. Forgotten Calculus
15. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
16. Pre-Calculus Demystified
17. Calculus II For Dummies
18. Student Solutions Manual for Stewart's
19. Calculus of a Single Variable
20. Calculus (Stewart's Calculus Series)

1. The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
by Jennifer Ouellette
Paperback: 336 Pages (2010-08-31)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$8.66
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Asin: 0143117378
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Kiss My Math meets A Tour of the Calculus

Jennifer Ouellette never took math in college, mostly because she-like most people-assumed that she wouldn't need it in real life. But then the English-major-turned-award-winning-science-writer had a change of heart and decided to revisit the equations and formulas that had haunted her for years. The Calculus Diaries is the fun and fascinating account of her year spent confronting her math phobia head on. With wit and verve, Ouellette shows how she learned to apply calculus to everything from gas mileage to dieting, from the rides at Disneyland to shooting craps in Vegas-proving that even the mathematically challenged can learn the fundamentals of the universal language. ... Read more

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I enjoyed math in school and it was the one course I took extra classes of even though I already had my necessary math credits.So, I thought I would enjoy this book, but I found myself getting glazed eyes within a few minutes.I tried numerous times, but would only get a few pages and then had to put it down.I think this is more for the MATH NERDS than for the average person.Of course, the title "How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse"was the come on----who doesn't want to lose weight and who doesn't want to win in Vegas.And I know I sure want to know how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse!!!!But, all I learned how to do with this book was to fall asleep within 5 minutes---which would get me Fat, Miss the Winning Number in Vegas, and be a sitting duck for the Zombies.So I pass on this one and so should you if you don't want to be Zombie meat!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Strangely interesting...
It's a bit like Waiting for Godot meets Mr. Wizard.In this case one of the characters is Ms. Ouellette's description of her life and ideas and the other is her admittedly fascinating description of historical events surrounding the lives of mostly obscure mathematicians and physicists.Playing the part of Godot is a deeper understanding of Calculus.Just as with Mr. Becket's play that deeper understanding, for me anyway, never happened.

The author tries, real hard, to translate mathematical concepts into concrete, real world experiences and visa versa.However, for that to work you need to create an "ah-ha" moment.Talented classroom teachers can do that because they can feed off their classes.For someone writing a book it's more difficult because you can't judge what the readers are thinking.It's not impossible, just ask Steven King, but it takes more than even the most cogent explanation.

On the plus side, even without car chases and space aliens the author has some interesting stories to tell.And who knows...While you are enjoying hearing about Ms. Ouellette's love of things arcane including integrals and derivatives, her family, her friends, her car, her apartment, her trip to Vegas, and her recounting about the lives and atypically interesting deaths of scientists through the ages *you* might find yourself getting a strange chill down your back as something that was once an ephemeral notion suddenly pops into crystal clarity.If not, you've still had an enjoyable time reading a strangely interesting book.

1-0 out of 5 stars should have been rejected by an editor
This will teach you about as much math and possibly less than you learned from watching Numbers.It has some interesting bits of trivia but is neither diary enough nor calculus enough to be interesting on either front. This is an entirely self-indulgent gee look at me kind of book which an editor worth his or her salt should have stopped in its tracks.If you have already learned a little calculus then it has nothing for you.If you have not already learned calculus it doesn't have enough of an explanation even conceptually for you to follow.Sorry I bought it.IF editors are to have any role in the coming world it should be stopping this kind of book from wasting people's money, by telling authors to revise or simply refusing to print such a weak effort.

3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Disappointing
I thought that "Calculus Diaries" contained a good description of calculus
for people who did not know what calculus is, however, the sub-title of the
book implied that it would contain information on how one could use calculus to
solve problems in one's everyday life and it did not do that.

1-0 out of 5 stars Math will save our future
I tried learning something about calculus because I know educated children of the future need to know science and math to care about this planet.
We will never learn science and math if those who know, can't learn how to be educators.This book needed to go slow,havesimple explanations, be repetitive and have many diagrams!
I'm still interested in learning why it is important and more about how is it done? ... Read more

2. Calculus for Dummies
by Mark Ryan
Paperback: 384 Pages (2003-05-01)
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Asin: 0764524984
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The mere thought of having to take a required calculus course is enough to make legions of students break out in a cold sweat. Others who have no intention of ever studying the subject have this notion that calculus is impossibly difficult unless you happen to be a direct descendant of Einstein.

Well, the good news is that you can master calculus. It's not nearly as tough as its mystique would lead you to think. Much of calculus is really just very advanced algebra, geometry, and trig. It builds upon and is a logical extension of those subjects. If you can do algebra, geometry, and trig, you can do calculus.

Calculus For Dummies is intended for three groups of readers:

  • Students taking their first calculus course – If you're enrolled in a calculus course and you find your textbook less than crystal clear, this is the book for you. It covers the most important topics in the first year of calculus: differentiation, integration, and infinite series.
  • Students who need to brush up on their calculus to prepare for other studies – If you've had elementary calculus, but it's been a couple of years and you want to review the concepts to prepare for, say, some graduate program, Calculus For Dummies will give you a thorough, no-nonsense refresher course.
  • Adults of all ages who'd like a good introduction to the subject – Non-student readers will find the book's exposition clear and accessible. Calculus For Dummies takes calculus out of the ivory tower and brings it down to earth.

    This is a user-friendly math book. Whenever possible, the author explains the calculus concepts by showing you connections between the calculus ideas and easier ideas from algebra and geometry. Then, you'll see how the calculus concepts work in concrete examples. All explanations are in plain English, not math-speak. Calculus For Dummies covers the following topics and more:

  • Real-world examples of calculus
  • The two big ideas of calculus: differentiation and integration
  • Why calculus works
  • Pre-algebra and algebra review
  • Common functions and their graphs
  • Limits and continuity
  • Integration and approximating area
  • Sequences and series

    Don't buy the misconception. Sure calculus is difficult – but it's manageable, doable. You made it through algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Well, calculus just picks up where they leave off – it's simply the next step in a logical progression. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars lifesaver
    This book saved me! My first calc class blew me away i credit the teacher but no need for excuses. I did very poor on my first college calc exam then I dropped the class and read this book very intently until I got a good understanding of the calculus ideas. The author, Mark Ryan is brilliant, his credibility precedes him which is obvious. He is very easy to understand and cracks a lot of jokes though out the book. Two things to point out: I don't suggest skipping class and just reading this book it will not work because, use this as an aid if anything, also the book takes a while to go through and really understand all the steps in the example. Anyway great book, helped me get an A in calc I and II and hopefully III.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus for Dummies - Simpliest Calculus Book Out There
    This is the most simpliest book on the most difficult math I've seen yet. This is great! I love it. It explains it in words that I can understand. Most of the books I have seen don't even come close. If you want to learn calculus, get this book! I recommend it. Highly!

    For the longest time, when I read other books, I had a hard time understanding what y=3x+5 means (for example). This books explains that down to the detail where other books don't. And I am slow at learning math so this tells me from the starting point - which is exactly what I need. Otherwise, what's the point?

    Great book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus for Dummies
    I bought Calculus for Dummies for my grandson in highschool and now need to buy another for my grandson in college.He was home from college one weekend and was reviewing it and really liked it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best exposition of calculus concepts I've found
    Dear Dr. Ryan:

    Thank you for your explanation of calculus concepts in the "Dummies" book. It is the clearest exposition of these ideas I've seen anywhere - and I've searched many sources. You are the best. The world needs great teachers like you. Keep up the excellent work.


    Wayne Becker

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy read.Presents information in a clear manner.
    This book helped to clear up some concepts that my textbook failed to explain.It has been a tremendous help.I recommend it to anyone that is not strong in math and have to take calculus. ... Read more

  • 3. Barron's AP Calculus
    by Shirley O. Hockett, David Bock
    Paperback: 688 Pages (2010-02-01)
    list price: US$18.99 -- used & new: US$9.96
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    Asin: 0764143247
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Both Calculus AB and Calculus BC are covered in this comprehensive AP test preparation manual. Prospective test takers will find fourpractice exams in Calculus AB and four more in Calculus BC, with all questions answered and solutions explained. The manual also provides a detailed 10-chapter review covering topics for both exams. The authors also offer an overview of the AP Calculus exams, which includes advice to students on making best use of their graphing calculators. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars It made all other tests look like a joke
    I recommend this to someone who gets 3-5's on practice Princeton tests. When I practiced on the exams in this book, they were more challenging (granted, I'm still in 8th grade, I don't know a lot about prep books)than many others. In fact, I used to get 5's on the princeton, but now I can barely get a 4 on this Barron's. However, after I used this book for a while, I decided to see my skill on Princeton tests (which people say are more similar to the REAL AP test). The Princeton tests became a joke. Before I took Barron's: 34/45 on MC and 38/54 on Free response; after I took barron's tests: 40/45 on MC; 45/54 on Free response. There was a sudden increase in scores, even though Barron had many questions that weren't gonna be on the real Ap test.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Challenging but rewarding
    This book has a thorough coverage of AP Calculus AB/BC. I used this book for the multiple-choice section and CollegeBoard's own materials for the free-response section. Most of my students scored 5. I also used some of its chapters for my IB Mathematics SL and HL students.

    Most US high-school students feel calculus is too challenging for them since they did not have enough practice in algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. The following is my suggestion: if you got at least an A in pre-calculus/trigonometry, you may want to learn calculus in high school; otherwise, wait until you get into the college.

    Barron's AP Calculus over-prepares the students for the test a little bit. But that is not a bad thing. If you have used mathematical analysis problem sets written by Russian mathematicians, you will think that Calculus I/II taught in the US is way too easy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Preparation for Multiple-Choice Questions
    I used this book solely for the multiple-choice practice problems, not the review or tests, so I can only vouch for the MC problems. The coverage of topics is both broad and deep, with well over 500 problems of varying difficulty. Taking the AP Exam, I felt confident, prepared, and familiar with every problem type. The only complaint I have is the lack of fully developed solutions to the MC problems. The short one- or two-line explanations were always enough to answer any of my questions, but for those struggling with the concepts, they may prove inadequate.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Calc AB student
    This book has its pros and cons.On the one hand, it has an incredible amount of practice problems (organized by chapter) and is well organized in that topics and practice problems specified for "just BC students" are well marked(However, arc length is on the AB syllabus, not just BC as this book says it is).The book also provides four practice tests for both AB and BC, more than you will find in any other Calculus prep book.

    However, many of the practice problems found in the "end of the chapter practice problems," as well as in the practice tests, are not representative of questions that have come up on previous AP exams.In my AP Calc class, we did every college board released multiple choice section since 1978 as well as every free-response question given in the past 10 or so years.Though the practice tests given in this book are okay, and will provide good practice, it is evident Barrons did not do enough research into the AP Calculus exams themselves.Many of theproblems (though not all), are either too difficult, or simply too different from questions that you will actually encounter on the AP test to be very helpful.

    I gave this book three stars because it CAN be helpful if used as extra practice-- as a supplement to any in-class preparation.However, I strongly discourage purchase of this book if you 1. don't have a good foundation for most of the calculus topics or 2. aim to self-study for the exam.As already noted in previous reviews of Barron's AP Calc prep books, their subject review is hard to understand, muddled with confusing language--Barron's simply makes no attempt to simplify their explainations.Furthermore, their "answers explained" sections at the end of practice problem sections and practice tests are short, often only one sentence long, rendering them useless most of the time.

    The last complaint I have for this book is that Barron's provides no "AP scoring chart" for you to self grade and find your corresponding AP grade (1-5) at the end of a test.Granted, the other calc prep books I've looked at don't either, but it's an annoyance to not know where you stand after taking a practice test for 3 hours.

    For those looking for better topic review, I would try Peterson's "Master the AP Calculus AB and BC" book.I hear the authors review is simplified and easier to understand for someone not so familiar with the material.For those who are familiar with the material and who want extra practice, this book isn't half bad, it is well organized and has unlimited practice problems--just don't get scared off by some of the tougher problems.The best practice, however, is past AP exams.Ask your teacher/school if they have any of them; if not, they're available on collegeboard.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best AP review
    Best review for AP exam out there.I teach the AP course and have tried many others.The questions in this book are challenging - prepping an AP student well for exam day. ... Read more

    4. Calculus Made Easy
    by Silvanus P. Thompson
    Paperback: 316 Pages (2008-05-18)
    list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$26.95
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    Asin: 1409724670
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for calculus
    I am a frequent customer of Amazon web site. I have bought a lot of things from Amazon and I rarely spend time to write reviews just because of laziness.
    This time, I decided to write a review for the book "Calculus made easy" to show my respect for the great work by the author. This is a miracle: This book was published in 1910! And it is still a great book for understanding calculus. How many things have happened between 1910 and now(2010)?! When I was reading this book, many times I cannot stop wondering how many engineers/scientists who designed weapons, air-fighters in World War I and World War II have learned calculus by reading this book, by looking at the same figures I am looking at?
    Reading this book is like your grandfather, who is a great mathematician, is teaching you calculus. He will not "torture" you by a lot of materials for you to get "A" in a calculus exam. Instead, he kindly shows you the core, the spirit, or the secret of calculus. This book is not a calculus textbook. It is a small book, pocket size. It is a great helping book for me to read my calculus textbook.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Kindle version of this book!
    Beware of the Kindle version of this book! It's awful.Major typos everywhere. Equations are mangled with text - looks nothing like the print version I own(which is still on 'loan' to a friend).It seems like the Kindle version was simply scanned using some type of text recognition software package.There was obviously no proofreading involved.I guess that's what you get for $2.88.

    With that said, the print version is great. It should gave you a solid foundation in calculus.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy the print edition, NOT the Kindle version!
    I own both a print version and a just recently bought Kindle version of this book.Calculus Made Easy helped me re-learn calculus quickly before graduate school, and I can't recommend this book highly enough for its clarity and easily-understood approach to a sometimes daunting subject.So I was thrilled to see it being offered on the Kindle for less than a buck!After downloading, though, it quickly became apparent that the Kindle version isn't worth a dollar -- none of the mathematical symbols or formatting appear, and some of the text is indented so poorly that there is only a single word or number per line!I have the latest edition of the Kindle app, and an iPhone 4.

    Do yourself a favor: buy the print edition with Martin Gardner's edits, and avoid the Kindle version.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this Kindle edition!
    OK, this review is for the Kindle edition - the book itself is a classic and a must-read introduction to calculus. (five stars)

    However, this and any other edition based upon the Project Gutenberg one should be strictly avoided:none of the mathematical symbols, graphs, and formulas are preserved in any useful way.The one Kindle edition that can be recommended is


    That edition, the one priced at $3.00, is a scan of the original book so it is not a typical Kindle book (i.e., you can't changes font size, etc.).However, it preserves the original formulas and graphs.

    By the way, it should be noted that none of the Kindle editions are the version annotated by Martin Gardner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
    I don't know how much it can help you in actual studies but its a fun book to read otherwise. ... Read more

    5. The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems: For People Who Don't Speak Math
    by W. Michael Kelley
    Paperback: 576 Pages (2007-01-02)
    list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$11.51
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    Asin: 1592575129
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Now students have nothing to fear …

    Math textbooks can be as baffling as the subject they’re teaching. Not anymore. The best-selling author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Calculus has taken what appears to be a typical calculus workbook, chock full of solved calculus problems, and made legible notes in the margins, adding missing steps and simplifying solutions. Finally, everything is made perfectly clear. Students will be prepared to solve those obscure problems that were never discussed in class but always seem to find their way onto exams.

    --Includes 1,000 problems with comprehensive solutions
    --Annotated notes throughout the text clarify what’s being asked in each problem and fill in missing steps
    --Kelley is a former award-winning calculus teacher ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Damn Fine better than Calculus Demystified!
    I just got this book and read through the first three chapters and perused through the rest. I'll read them thoroughly soon enough. So far this book is OUT-FRACKING-STANDING!!!! Loved reviewing linear equations, inequalities, slopes, functions, etc (and yes, I really did love it). Topics that I've long forgotten and haven't used since college in a College Algebra & Trig course way back in the mid-90's (yes, I'm old(ish)).

    This book is a God send. The explanations are easy to understand and most importantly--YOU GET IT! I needed something to help me with my review and preparation for Calculus and Krantz's inappropriately titled book "Calculus Demystified" (you can check out my sordid review on that book, later) wasn't cutting it. Kelley's book, along with Jason Gibson's Calculus 1 & 2 DVDs (see mathtutordvd.com) are a great combination, throw in Khan Academy's free Calculus video tutorials, and you should be rockin' in paradise, folks.

    However, being that the product description led me to believe this to be a workbook of actual Calculus problems, I was a wee bit disappointed not to find any problems to work at the end of the chapters (hence, the four stars). So, Mr. Kelley, how about some problems to work in the next edition? And don't just give us the answers to the odd numbered problems. Include the answers to ALL the problems.

    Bottom line, with or without the problems to work, get this book. It won't end up in a burn pile like a certainaforementioned book. Where's Fireman Montag when you need him?

    5-0 out of 5 stars All the problems you need right here! :)
    This book is a great reference for when I am doing my homework on the book required by my calculus course. Whenever I do not know how to approach a certain type of problem, when I am looking for the right steps and rules or even just the algebra behind certain equations, this book helps me out! One of the things that I always have to deal with, is the fact that my math professors are always skipping steps when solving a problem or even when correcting a test; this book will give you everything, step-by-step, and not leave you in the dark - having to spend at least twice the time solving a simple problem just because you got stuck on a silly step. CALC 1 AND CALC 2 here!

    4-0 out of 5 stars great stuff.
    I like this book a lot! it clears up many different things in calc. definitely worth it if you are struggling in calc.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Meh.
    So, I felt a little misled receiving this book. I understood it to be a WORKBOOK with solutions, but instead it is a book full of examples worked out for the reader. This may prove helpful to some, but did not fit what I was going for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Saved plenty of money!
    This book was advertised as being "like new" and it was.I could not tell that it was any different than a book I could have purchased at a local book store!The service was great, as well.The book came in a few days earlier than I expected. ... Read more

    6. How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide
    by Colin Adams, Abigail Thompson, Joel Hass
    Paperback: 256 Pages (1998-07-15)
    list price: US$17.00 -- used & new: US$9.49
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    Asin: 0716731606
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Written by three gifted—and funny—teachers, How to Ace Calculus provides humorous and readable explanations of the key topics of calculus without the technical details and fine print that would be found in a more formal text. Capturing the tone of students exchanging ideas among themselves, this unique guide also explains how calculus is taught, how to get the best teachers, what to study, and what is likely to be on exams—all the tricks of the trade that will make learning the material of first-semester calculus a piece of cake. Funny, irreverent, and flexible, How to Ace Calculus shows why learning calculus can be not only a mind-expanding experience but also fantastic fun.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus book excellent
    This is an excellent easily understandable book that covers mostly differential calculus.I am using it for an online math course and really enjoying it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Resource for Calculus Students
    How to Ace Calculus breaks down some fairly advanced mathematical principles in a way that is SO easy to understand, you won't believe it.I honestly feel that if the average university calculus class taught to this book instead of a conventional text, grades would go up by a full letter grade across the board.Colin Adams, Abigail Thompson, and Joel Hass set out with the goal of making calculus accessible to everybody - and succeed admirably!This book really is a fantastic resource for every calculus student, I would recommend it to anyone!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Overall, this is a very good book.
    'How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide' is one of those rare math books that you would whip out for a happy night-time read.The humour will even help you to remember things-- for example, the section on parabolas tells a story about an insecure parabola that became taller and thinner when multiplied by 5, and moved into different neighbourhoods when something was added or subtracted to him.. or her (The way it is presented is funnier; I guess it's just boring when I'm the one telling it. ^_^).

    The book provides more of an overview, with cool little devices to assist the Calculus student and his textbook.It is by no means a replacement for the text, as it tends to assume that the student already knows some ideas, or will be learning more from another source in the future.I'm sure it was designed as a supplement in the first place; that said, 'How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide' fulfills its purpose plus a little extra.

    You will not regret getting this book; just keep in mind it is not an all-in-one deal.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for school calculus AB course
    This book was a great help for my daughter who took in school calculus AB. I graduated from college 30 years ago and would recommend this (and the 2nd book from this series) as an excellent refreshment course. It may not fit somebody who is graduating with major in math, but for me (an electrical engineer and I am not heading tomorrow for a calculus exam) it is a great textbook which I enjoy to read over and over again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Does what it promises to do
    I aced Calculus when I took it in high school, but I remember always struggling with the concepts and putting in many, many hours in order to get things down.I decided to start taking higher-level courses and decided to review Calc after about six years of not touching the stuff.
    I started using this book as a supplement to working through a textbook and man does it make Calculus sooo much easier to grasp! The jokes might be a little cheesy, but it's all part of the light-hearted approach that makes the material all the less intimidating.
    Had this book been written when I was in high school, I could have saved myself so many late nights. Love it. ... Read more

    7. The Calculus Direct: An intuitively Obvious Approach to a Basic Understanding of the Calculus for the Casual Observer (Volume 1)
    by John Weiss
    Paperback: 98 Pages (2010-05-14)
    list price: US$8.00 -- used & new: US$7.54
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    Asin: 1452854912
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This book takes no prior knowledge of mathematics for granted as it takes the student slowly and surely from addition all the way to a basic understanding of the calculus in the least painful and most efficient path possible. The calculus is not a hard subject, and this book proves this through an easy to read, obvious approach spanning only 100 pages. This book is written with the following type of student in mind; the non-traditional student returning to college after a long break, a notoriously weak student in math who just needs to get past calculus to obtain a degree, and the garage tinkerer who wishes to understand a little more about the technical subjects. This book is meant to address the many fundamental thought-blocks that keep the average 'mathaphobe' (or just an interested person who doesn't have the time to enroll in a course) from excelling in mathematics in a clear and concise manner. It is my sincerest hope that this book helps you with your needs. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I want my college time and money back
    I spent so many hundreds of dollars, and uncountable hours, trying to learn calculus in college. Total rip off. All I really needed was this $3 book and maybe a week of quality reading time. I'm at the halfway point and I already know more than all those college classes were able to teach me. I feel comfortable with math, something I never thought would happen.

    If you're a student, buy this.

    If you're struggling with math, buy this.

    If you want to try again to master the math that was so bewildering in college, buy this.

    If you just want an interesting and engaging read, buy this.

    If you're a mathematical genius who does anti-derivates to lull yourself to sleep at night, you can give it a skip.


    4-0 out of 5 stars Elementary Calculus
    To be fair, I haven't had a chance to actually read this book, but only to give it a quick appraisal. At just 98 pages there isn't much to it. The first half of the book deals with number lines and fractions. The second half gets more involved with actual calculus concepts...derivatives and such. If you need a book that provides a bridge between high-school algebra and pre-calculus, this might suit you. To be candid, I was disappointed by this anemic work and wouldn't recommend it generally. I gave it a four-star rating because I think the book is probably (a little), better than my quick appraisal suggests.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
    Although I am only about 10% into this book it seems great.I have not had the same experience that the other poster had with the bad graphics on kindle.I have been looking for a single book for a long time that will start with algebra and end up with calculus.I think that I have found it with this one!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Graphics destroyed the usefulness of a good book.
    The text is very clear and well written.
    The price is very reasonable.
    The graphics are completely illegible on a Kindle2. This problem has presented itself on many other potentially useful books on the Kindle format. Many times the image is just pasted in without any regard for resolution. Please! make the graphics to suit the device so that the book can be enjoyed the way it was intended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs to be proofread
    This book is very ambitious, and I applaud the author for his hard work. My only gripe with the book is the dodgy grammar and imprecise or incorrect wording (for example, "a part of" and "apart of" have exactly opposite meanings). Get someone to proofread it for you, and you'll have a top notch book! ... Read more

    8. The Calculus Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Excel at Calculus (Princeton Lifesaver Study Guide)
    by Adrian Banner
    Paperback: 752 Pages (2007-03-05)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$15.65
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    Asin: 0691130884
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    For many students, calculus can be the most mystifying and frustrating course they will ever take. The Calculus Lifesaver provides students with the essential tools they need not only to learn calculus, but to excel at it.

    All of the material in this user-friendly study guide has been proven to get results. The book arose from Adrian Banner's popular calculus review course at Princeton University, which he developed especially for students who are motivated to earn A's but get only average grades on exams. The complete course will be available for free on the Web in a series of videotaped lectures. This study guide works as a supplement to any single-variable calculus course or textbook. Coupled with a selection of exercises, the book can also be used as a textbook in its own right. The style is informal, non-intimidating, and even entertaining, without sacrificing comprehensiveness. The author elaborates standard course material with scores of detailed examples that treat the reader to an "inner monologue"--the train of thought students should be following in order to solve the problem--providing the necessary reasoning as well as the solution. The book's emphasis is on building problem-solving skills. Examples range from easy to difficult and illustrate the in-depth presentation of theory.

    The Calculus Lifesaver combines ease of use and readability with the depth of content and mathematical rigor of the best calculus textbooks. It is an indispensable volume for any student seeking to master calculus.

    Serves as a companion to any single-variable calculus textbook Informal, entertaining, and not intimidating Informative videos that follow the book--a full forty-eight hours of Banner's Princeton calculus-review course--is available at Adrian Banner lectures More than 475 examples (ranging from easy to hard) provide step-by-step reasoning Theorems and methods justified and connections made to actual practice Difficult topics such as improper integrals and infinite series covered in detail Tried and tested by students taking freshman calculus ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Saved Me
    With a week to go in Calculus II, I needed something to supplement my course's required textbook in order to be successful in the course. The textbook for the course seemed to focus too much on reinforcing concepts from previous chapters at the expense of learning new concepts. For example, when learning Sequences and Series, my course's text would put in challenging integration by parts of trig functions when demonstrating how to use the integral test for evaluating the limit. It is great to have challenging exercises to reinforce technique, but I would prefer a few more less challenging problems that demonstrate new concepts before making them more challenging.

    By enormous contrast, Prof. Banner's book is concise and to-the-point when explaining new concepts. When there are prerequisite skills needed, he cross-references earlier parts of his book. In his introductory material, he has a table of what sections to focus on in case you have an upcoming test (this is what saved me).

    After checking this book out at my university library, I went to his website and discovered several videos that summarize his book. The videos are in the same style that you might find at MIT's Open CourseWare site. The fact the Prof. Banner and Princeton University put these videos out to the world for free is the full reason I decided to purchase his book. It is least I can do to thank him for his talent and selflessness.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
    This book helped a lot for my calc class in college! very happy i purchased it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for calculus student or teacher!!!
    Fantastic book for any calculus student. I found the explanations far superior to any I found anywhere else, including 4 different calculus textbooks. Highly recommended!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars From the perspective of self study
    There are a few things to note about this book:

    1) It covers two semesters of calculus (math 103 and 104 equiv. at Princeton).
    2) It's accompanied by about 48 hours of online video lectures, available at the book's website, via princeton.edu. These lectures are of a "calculus review" nature, and are not the primary lectures for a calculus 1 or 2 course.
    3) Those seeking a calculus review or a supplemental helper to an existing calculus course will benefit most; those doing self-study will likely need additional material, especially for practice and skill building.


    -- Comes with ~48 hours of online video supplement.

    -- Explains most first year calculus concepts in an accessible manner; there are a full two semesters of material in this book.

    -- Concepts are accompanied by worked examples.

    -- A value at twice the price for anyone seeking a calculus refresher or a supplement to an existing course/text.


    -- Lacks progressive reinforcement of many concepts; the reader is generally referred to previous chapters/sections for review.

    -- No practice problems or skill building exercises; only one worked exercise per variation is usually provided.

    -- Could benefit from a few more diagrams amidst descriptions and notation.


    -- If you are currently enrolled in calculus or looking for a review or a reference, chances are you'll love this book (note the 5 star reviewers).

    -- If you are a solo student looking for a replacement for classroom study, you may find this book a little less than satisfying.

    It's from the perspective of self-study that I write this review; I used this book as a primary source for learning calculus. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm still about 50 pages from finishing.

    While The Calculus Lifesaver definitely teaches the material in an often accessible manner, there are some issues. The main drawback is a lack of practice problems. While there are lots of examples, many of which are dealt with in a step by step manner, typically there is only one example given for each variation or problem type. This means that the reader will sometimes be plunged headlong into a problem type, when a gentler approach would have been more helpful. Fortunately following the online video lectures will ease much of this.

    Let me just say that calculus is hard. It is hard but not impossible. This is coming from someone who began with basic algebra less than two years ago. Often calculus subjects take time to sink in, so expecting to cover 20-30 pages per day is not reasonable for anyone broaching calculus for the first time (some days I could barely do 5). Be patient and give concepts time to assimilate. Often a day or two after banging your head against the wall can make all the difference. If you're having trouble with the material in the book, shift gears to the video lectures. For me, this often made a big difference in my ability to digest the material. I prefer seeing and hearing first (then sleeping) then review and problem solving via the book.

    A review like this will generally depend on how well the reader believes they are learning, even mastering the material. For me, working through The Calculus Lifesaver cover to cover, I often found myself lacking confidence in my ability to solve calculus problems. And although there are many diagrams, more would have been justified. Often I had trouble following the descriptions and notation, where most likely a few more illustrations would have helped. For the first part of the book, chapters 1-17, I followed up by studying Paul Dawkins' online calculus notes, available at tutorial.math.lamar.edu. These were very helpful for practice problems, not to mention a different perspective on notation and proofs -- there are also cheat sheets for trig identities, derivatives, and much more, and everything is available in PDF format. I intend to use Paul's notes for calculus 2 as well (essentially chapters 18-30 in TCL) which I'll begin shortly.

    There is no doubt that The Calculus Lifesaver will teach you the concepts of calculus, and make digesting other calculus material much easier. However, it's unlikely to be sufficient as a solo guide unless you've taken the subject in the past. In that case it will make for terrific review and a great reference. This book will best benefit those who are already enrolled in a calculus course, and are having trouble with their text or teacher. For those going solo, it's still a good book, but it doesn't quite stand on its own.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre supplement for a self-learner
    I have a wide array of calculus self-help books riddling my book shelf -- half of them have not been opened. Luckily, this book is not so heavy to weigh down my bookshelf more than any other book.

    "The Calculus Lifesaver" was one of the few calculus books that I opened and began to peruse. As a self-learner who has never taken a course in calculus (my previous experience was trigonometry), I found the book to be somewhat daunting.

    The explanations are rather inconsistent: they tend to be concise and easy to understand at times; they can also be long, tedious, and circumlocutive, making them difficult to follow for the lay. Even though there are a handful of examples, they don't show up until the middle chapters of the book, after derivatives and differentiation. It would be better if the book had more examples and illustrations early on during the two crux of calculus in order to familiarize the reader before moving onto more advanced topics. Because of this, I am struggling to get past chapter 9.

    There are some good points about this textbook. First of all, this book will appeal to people who are already in or trying to rekindle a relationship with calculus. The explanations are explained in such a way that the reader should have a loose grasp of the concepts of calculus. Also, the author tries to make the text entertaining by injecting a dose of humor every now and then. The symbols let readers know what to expect from the text, so if they see an example, they won't confuse it with a principle.

    Right now, I am reading "Calculus Made Easy" by Silvanus Thompson and "The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems" by Mike Kelly, hoping to get more confident in calculus before coming back to this book. ... Read more

    9. Schaum's Outline of Calculus, 5th ed. (Schaum's Outline Series)
    by Frank Ayres, Elliott Mendelson
    Paperback: 552 Pages (2008-08-25)
    list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$10.91
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    Asin: 0071508619
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Confusing Textbooks? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time?

    Fortunately for you, there's Schaum's Outlines. 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, solved problems, and practice exercises to test your skills.

    This Schaum's Outline gives you

    • Practice problems with full explanations that reinforce knowledge
    • Coverage of the most up-to-date developments in your course field
    • In-depth review of practices and applications

    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!

    Schaum's Outlines-Problem Solved.

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    Customer Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction
    I am very satisfied with the purchase of Schaum's Outline of Calculus. The subject matter is presented in an excellent manner, and I received it very promptly. I would recommend it and the seller to anyone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great and helpful book, but full of errors
    I would definitely recommend this. Most chapters have 2-3 pages briefly summarizing concepts, which helped a lot. When they reference theorems or formulas, however, many times I've found that the section mentioned is nonexistent or unrelated to the topic. It doesn't detract from the book too much, unless this is your primary source for learning calculus (which it isn't intended to do anyways). All in all, I'm glad I got it. I like how brief each chapter is; great for review. It's very thorough, too.

    I bought this so that I could do practice problems before my calculus CLEP test, but I've found myself reading and taking notes more than anything. A few misconceptions I got from my textbook were cleared up when taken from another angle, which this book provides. This book is especially helpful if you're under a deadline like I am.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good aid for calculus students
    My son is using this to supplement his 11th grade calculus book.It seems to help with good worked out examples.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good material for anyone struggling with Calculus.
    I have been introduced to "Schaum's Outlines" by a University Professor who uses them for his classes. They provide excellent practice exercises to help the student who may be struggling in an area. The answers are provided in the back and step by step instructions accompany the problems.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful
    If you know a little calculus, have taken it a while back or need to supplement your text, this book is very helpful. Plenty of problems to go through. Very helpful when trying to review for exams or GRE math subject test.If you have never taken any calculus, the explanations here are in outline form and will not help you understand much.This book covers Calc 1-2-3 in most undergrad requirements.If you are wanting to learn theory, there is almost none. ... Read more

    10. Calculus Workbook For Dummies
    by Mark Ryan
    Paperback: 288 Pages (2005-09-02)
    list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$7.45
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    Asin: 076458782X
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    From differentiation to integration - solve problems with ease

    Got a grasp on the terms and concepts you need to know, but get lost halfway through a problem or, worse yet, not know where to begin? Have no fear! This hands-on guide focuses on helping you solve the many types of calculus problems you encounter in a focused, step-by-step manner. With just enough refresher explanations before each set of problems, you'll sharpen your skills and improve your performance. You'll see how to work with limits, continuity, curve-sketching, natural logarithms, derivatives, integrals, infinite series, and more!

    100s of Problems!

    • Step-by-step answer sets clearly identify where you went wrong (or right) with a problem
    • The inside scoop on calculus shortcuts and strategies
    • Know where to begin and how to solve the most common problems
    • Use calculus in practical applications with confidence
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Just ok
    I bought this as companion to the Calculus for Dummies book.The practice was useful but for me the practice problems were simply too hard.For a more advanced student this might be a good supplement.I found it frustrating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book
    Best accompanied with Calculus for Dummies.Excellent workbook. It explains all the steps to solve a problem. If you're stuck or need to check your answer, flip a few pages ahead and bam, the answers and steps fully explained. It plays some tricks on you though, for example, if you did not memorize the things it tells you, it ends up in the work problems and you'll spend five minutes on it before giving up and going to the answer page only to see "gotcha! memorize this".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Help for the stymied
    Bought this for daughter in college calculus cursed with bad prof and bad TA.It made a big difference.The book explains well and is another resource along with the (lame) textbook.Being a workbook, it has problems to solve.It'll be a helpful adjunct to any calculus text you use.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Calculus for Dummies is Not for Dummies
    I used this book to brush up on my Calculus before the CSET, however this book was only a gloss over of what Calculus really is.This book is more about memorizing techniques and methods, than learning what Calculus really means and represents.I have my BA in Math and would only recommend this book to people who have substantial background in math, but need to brush up on the concepts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Dummy Book Companion
    I got this workbook to go with the Dummies Calculus book as a suplement to my classes.It really helps to have additional problem made for you for practice.It has helped me study for tests countless times! ... Read more

    11. Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Stewart's Calculus Series)
    by James Stewart
    Hardcover: 1336 Pages (2007-06-07)
    list price: US$224.95 -- used & new: US$100.00
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    Asin: 0495011665
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 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 Good Book
    I had the 3rd edition and bought this one for my wife to take classes. It is quite satisfactory.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Calculus Book
    This book was in great condition when I got it. The subject isn't the easiest of course because it's calculus, but it was in good condition and serves its purpose.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Text Review
    Many reviewers claim that this text "skips steps/examples." This is true. However, Much of the information it skips can be found in a standard pre-calculus class. Did those reviewers not do well in their pre-calc class? Or even take it at all? It is a hard text, but for someone going into mathematics this is not an excuse. Intermediate algebra, trig, or arithmetic will not be covered in this text. If you are having trouble with the text I suggest picking up another book on calculus that will "hold your hand" through an introduction to calculus before reading this text. Sorry if I sound condescending but calculus is not easy and you may need lots of independent study without an instructor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars book
    Great customer service!!!!!!!!!! Even though I ended up sending it back because I already have a book. The seller is VERY nice about it and gave me a full refund!! Thank you so much!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THANKS!
    Needed for college course. Text was much cheaper than in my school bookstore. Tuition is expensive enough. Thanks for keeping it reasonable. ... Read more

    12. Student Solutions Manual for Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals and Calculus: Early Transcendental
    by James Stewart
    Paperback: 544 Pages (2007-07-04)
    list price: US$73.95 -- used & new: US$54.50
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    Asin: 0495012408
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Provides completely worked-out solutions to all odd-numbered exercises within the text, giving students a way to check their answers and ensure that they took the correct steps to arrive at an answer.Kindle textbooks are functionally equivalent to the print textbook. In some cases, individual items such as ancillary images or multimedia have been removed for digital delivery due to rights restrictions. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars what solutions?
    There is no reason not to have all the solutions for Stewarts 6e Calculus book, but that is not what we get: we get half.
    There is no reason not to have the solutions we get not to be worked out fully--how do you know what steps are omitted and which are included?You don't, unless you don't need this book.
    Other than that it can help in a pinch as long as you don't count on it.This book is part of the Stewart Calculus Industry where you go from the simplest example problems to the ailen world of "exercises".I came for calculus, not his industry nor his ailen worlds--and yes, I speak French.

    5-0 out of 5 stars exactly what I needed
    sold this book back without realizing it would be needed later. Great condition. Fast shipping.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
    Great service as usual and got here before time. If you're taking calc, go ahead and get this book, it's very helpful with the step by step

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, but more practice problems would help
    When it comes to math, I like a lot of practice problems to build a foundation of new material and work into the more challenging problems. This book does not do that.It does present a lot of information in each section but I would like it much more if it had more practice problems to really let the student get familiar with the new material before presenting more difficult problems.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
    I would recommend anyone taking Calculus and needing the work book to also buy this book. It has helped me figure out the harder even numbered problems by giving me an solutions for similar problems. I don't know what I would without it. ... Read more

    13. Calculus (College Review Series)
    by Elliot Gootman Ph.D.
    Paperback: 352 Pages (1997-09-01)
    list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$6.23
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    Asin: 0812098196
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    For college math students, this volume is intended as an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the main ideas, methods, and applications of first-year calculus. It covers equations, functions, and graphs; limits; derivatives; integrals and antiderivatives; word problems; applications of integrals to geometry; and much more. Includes summaries, exercises, and background material. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars former student
    I haven't read the book, but I am a former student of Dr. Gootman.I took him for Cal I & Cal II at UGA in the late 90's.He has a way of making a complex subject very easy to understnd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful text!
    Great book. I wanted something that was NOT like an ordinary calc text book that gave explanations with words instead of complex proofs. Great for anyone in a beginning calculus class. Quick and easy read before jumping into a calculus text book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Calculus Brush-Up
    I took Calculus in college and I got an A.But I went so long without doing it that I became rusty, to say the least.I eventually reached the point where I wanted to teach Calculus but I was intimidated by the 500 page (or more) books out there.I came across this book by Gootman, and my problem was solved!The book reads like a novel.The topics came back to me immediately due to the clear way he presents them.While this book is certainly not AP level, I was able to use the foundation that this book gave me in order to teach myself AP Calculus.So I can honestly say that I would probably not be teaching AP Calculus right now had it not been for this book.
    I only wish there were books out there like this for EVERY topic in existence!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Calculus educator review
    In preparation for a summer series of tutorials, I purchased a copy of Calculus by Eliot Gootman.

    The author begins the selection with a review of concepts learned as part of the pre-Calculus curriculum taught at Souderton Area High School in the opening half of the book.He then begins a more in-depth study of the essential principles and concepts of Calculus in the work.What I have found especially useful are how the author describes the concepts in straightforward language and provides numerous sample problems broken down with both steps and notes from the problem to its solution.At the end of each chapter is a review of the major points and also exercises that the reader/student can solve, with answers provided in the back of the book.Because of this, I devised a worksheet with related problems for each chapter that incorporate the chapter concepts for the student to complete for summer homework.

    In conclusion, the book is an excellent review of Calculus concepts, and can provide a bridge between high school and college level Calculus.The verbage is easy to understand, with sample problems and exercises that apply the chapter material.I will retain a copy of the work for future reference as a mathematics teacher.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent Reference, but NOT Gootman's Calculus
    Amazon is linking this product to many reviews of Gootmans' classic Calculus (College Review Series). That book is not available on the kindle, unfortunately.

    *This* book is a dry but thorough introduction to a wide range of basic calculus topics. ... Read more

    14. Forgotten Calculus
    by Barbara Lee BleauPh.D.
    Paperback: 464 Pages (2002-08-12)
    list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$3.20
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    Asin: 0764119982
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Updated and expanded to include the optional use of graphing calculators, this combination textbook and workbook is a good teach-yourself refresher course for men and women who took a calculus course in school, have since forgotten most of what they learned, and now need some practical calculus for business purposes or advanced education. The book is also very useful as a supplementary text for students who are taking calculus and finding it a struggle. Each progressive work unit offers clear instruction and worked-out examples. Special emphasis has been placed on business and economic applications. Topics covered include functions and their graphs, derivatives, optimization problems, exponential and logarithmic functions, integration, and partial derivatives. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Never Recieved the book.
    I ordered three books at the same time. They were sent to an old apartment address and arrived at three different times to their office. The apartment complex claims never receiving this last book "Forgotten Calculus".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical calculus book dedicated to solving real world business problems
    Most Calculus textbooks assume their reader is majoring in Mathematics when at least 90%+ of students in Calculus 101 are not math majors. So result is that most Calculus textbooks expound on the fundamentals of theoratical Calculus that most of us will never use and put us to sleep, and that includes most engineering grads.

    That is too bad since Calculus is an amazing tool to solve practical problems that can be quantified.

    This book focuses on graphs, differentiation, and integration and how to use them to solve real world problems. There is no rigorous emphasis on limits, proofs, and asymptotes, and no undue focus on graphs. The book focuses on the basic rules of differentiation and integrals and how to use them to calculuate optimal (maximum or minimum) values given an equation or a practical problem.

    Unfortunately, this book does not cover regression, which is a method on how to derive the equation that can unleash the power of Calculus.

    I highly recommend this book as the first book on Calculus. I particularly recommend this book for business and non-science students.

    If you need a Calculus refresher that leaves out the theoretical hodgepodge, then this book should also fit the bill.

    Finally, I am sometimes apalled at the lack of even basic mathematical knowledge of today's business leaders. If you can master the contents of this book along with statistics, that will certainly put you ahead of pack. Knowledge of Calculus and Statistics is becoming MORE important especially because the explosion of information technology has put almost boundless data at most business's disposal.

    2-0 out of 5 stars too much flash, too little substance
    I bought three books to help me re-teach myself calculus this fall - two of them, Calculus, 7th Edition, book and CD, and Schaum's 3,000 Solved Problems in Calculus (Schaum's 3000), have been very helpful. Not so this book. It seems to favor fluffy, "alternative" ways to explain things, at the expense of explaining them thoroughly at all. Take a look inside and decide maybe if you are this kind of learner - but I have felt it to be pretty much utterly frustrating and useless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FORGOTTEN CALCULUS. A MUST!
    It is a delight to have in the hands a book as this. Topics are well explained and they are understood well. And the best of all are the totally solved examples using the Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator, tool that allows to be centered more in understanding the concepts that in the mechanics of the resolutions and, at the same time, oneself can explore variations about the exposed problems, and instantly to check the different results. If you likes electronic calculators and you want to thoroughly learn mathematics in an amusing way, this is one of the books for those which to begin. Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Book
    An excellent introductory book,especially for business students and those who are studying in community colleges and need a quick review.
    Nowadays,every one knows how to use an electronic calculator or even a graphing calculator.The later chapters can be revised in a condensed manner,leaving out the simple arithmetic steps,making the book smaller and faster to read.
    Some more numerical examples can be added and also a chapter on partial derivatives used in business math. ... Read more

    15. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus, 2nd Edition
    by W. Michael Kelley
    Paperback: 352 Pages (2006-06-27)
    list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$10.96
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    Asin: 1592574718
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Cast off the curse of calculus!

    Students no longer have anything to fear: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Calculus,Second Edition, is here. Like its predecessor, it was created with an audience of students working toward a non-science related degree in mind. A non-intimidating, easy-to-understand textbook companion, this new edition has more explanatory graphs and illustrations and double the number of practice problems.

    • First edition of this book has sold more copies than any of the other 70+ books on the subject
    • Twice as many practice problems in this second edition
    • More college students are now required to take calculus in college than ever before
    • Author is an award-winning calculus teacher praised for his ability to make this topic fun and approachable
    • His website, calculus-help.com, reaches thousands of students every month ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars money well spent
    I'm going to keep this short so here's the lowdown I'm paying a lot of money to take a calculus class at a university but I only paid $12 to learn calculus. Great product

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get this Book! You won't be sorry!
    I just got this book today. I have been reading the book for about 45 minutes. I am in calc 2, so I was reading on Riemann Sums and now Integrals. I have seriously learned more in this 45 minute reading session than 2 weeks of class. I had no idea what was going on in class. I had no idea about Riemann sums and the formula with sigma made me anxious. The author tells you not to even worry about the sigma notation.

    Buy this book. You won't be sorry you did. Sometimes we need to know the background as to why things are the way they are in calc and this book provides that and conveys it in layman's terms, as you would expect because of the title.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise book for Calculus-1
    The key ingredient that makes this a great book is that it is approachable and understandable. It is more approachable than many textbooks like Rogawsky or Stewart and does not pretend to compete with these. It's focus is demystifying things. How does it do it? It relates calculus to everyday uses, it delves into the what and why rather than focusing on the how. Unfortunately, standard textbooks, get deluded into covering tons of material and how to do things, but they forget the fundamental ingredient of explaining why you would even be interested in studying the subject. It is assumed that you already understand why or what. They've got it wrong.

    If you work with this book together with a textbook, you won't get lost easily as you can always come back to this book to find a common sense, simple rationale that allows you to go back and dive into the details of the big textbook.

    2-0 out of 5 stars If you're not good in math, don't buy this book.
    The book isn't really helpful. It already assumes you have prior knowledge. The exercises are too simple and the author doesn't explain that efficiently. Moreover, the book didn't help me much for my calculus class. For those reasons, I gave it 2 stars

    2-0 out of 5 stars Almost useless for any college calculus course.
    The book is decent at explaining concepts, but so are most math professors.You may find it a little more readable than the math textbook because he throws jokes in there, but really this book contains all the same information that you'll find in a textbook, but it skips a lot of important conditions and limitations that you should know of.Also, there is barley any information for calculus 2 in this book, mostly just short explanations and a couple examples per topic.Overall, the practice problems and examples are much too simple to be of any real usefulness to a serious college course, and I think your time would be better spent in the professors office or college math help center.

    If you're in college, and struggling with calculus, don't expect this book to help you.It certainty will make things seem simple but that's only because they're showing you simple problems... No serious college prof would ever test on anything as easy as what's shown in the book.So I'd urge you to save your money and head to the professors office, or find some other means of getting help. (you're professor really isn't as scary as you think!)

    The only potential use for this book would be for a high school calculus class, but again, don't expect it to help you on the AP test, or if you're teacher likes to give complicated problems on tests. ... Read more

    16. Pre-Calculus Demystified
    by Rhonda Huettenmueller
    Paperback: 468 Pages (2005-01-14)
    list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$9.50
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    Asin: 0071439277
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Packed with practical examples, graphs, and Q&As, this complete self-teaching guide from the best-selling author of Algebra Demystified covers all the essential topics, including: absolute value, nonlinear inequalities, functions and their graphs, inverses, proportion and ratio, and much more. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable!
    As a senior in college and someone who never really took too well to math, I waited until my last semester to take pre-calculus. I was absolutely terrified, especially since it had been three years since taking college algebra. Personally, this book was exactly what I needed! I spent over $100 on the math text book and I never even opened it. Not once. I received my first A in a math class EVER. I would leave class clueless about what the teacher had just said, go home, study the lesson in this book, go back to class and actually understand what she was saying. I gave this book 4 stars because there was a section that was taught in class which was not in here.

    3-0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT cover all pre-calculus topics!
    I didn't do enough research before buying this book, but after receiving this book, I've found out that it doesn't cover nearly all off the topics in pre-calculus. For example, it is missing Vectors and Parametric Equations. So, I would not recommend this book if you are taking an Honors Pre-cal course, as this book will disappoint you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for passing CLEP
    For my fellow CLEP students:

    I studied this book for around 1.5 weeks, and with God's help easily passed the CLEP Precalculus. The book begins at a basic enough level, includes excellent explanations and good practice sections. Clarity and understandable-ness is excellent. The only comparable book I've found with more clarity is Saxon Advanced Mathematics. Another excellent resource - just designed for a longer study period.

    I feel that Clep Precalculus is very Clep-able even with an exclusive, yet diligent study of this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Grad Student in Need of a Quick Learn
    I'm a graduate student in psychology and I need to learn some math fairly quickly for my studies. So not being a "dummy", I decided to leave the "guide" to the idiots and buy a book to "demystify" concepts I learned long ago, and teach me new ones I have not yet come across. The book has been great so far and is worth the buy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pre-Calculus...for high school
    The book is written for a college course, but it does not really cover thing taught there. It is a good book for review if you took it in high school, but not college Pre-Calculus. ... Read more

    17. Calculus II For Dummies
    by Mark Zegarelli
    Paperback: 384 Pages (2008-06-03)
    list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$9.00
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    Asin: 047022522X
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    An easy-to-understand primer on advanced calculus topics

    Calculus II is a prerequisite for many popular college majors, including pre-med, engineering, and physics. Calculus II For Dummies offers expert instruction, advice, and tips to help second semester calculus students get a handle on the subject and ace their exams. It covers intermediate calculus topics in plain English, featuring in-depth coverage of integration, including substitution, integration techniques and when to use them, approximate integration, and improper integrals. This hands-on guide also covers sequences and series, with introductions to multivariable calculus, differential equations, and numerical analysis. Best of all, it includes practical exercises designed to simplify and enhance understanding of this complex subject. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Not without its problems
    The blatant errors in this book can severely hinder progress. I have had to read and reread examples from the book that did not make sense so I could understand what was going on. I am reading the book now and there are literally dozens of errors in some chapters. For example (5/7 * 1/3 = 15/7)?and ((5/7)*(2/3)^n [n=1]=5/7)? Both of these examples were on ONE page, and the page before that had two errors and the page before that had one error. These errors will make concepts even more frustrating to learn if your having a hard time with the subject. Because of this I would definitely recommend staying away from this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me understand Calculus
    This book really helped me understand the concepts of Calculus. I took Calculus II last year and had to drop it. I decided this year I would get this book so I could make sure I was successful. The writer is humorous and pretty good at explaining the basic concepts as well as pointing out the most important formulas needed.There are a few typos in the book and I even confirmed with my teacher to make sure. However, they are minor enough to not detract from the purpose of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The book I owe bigtime.
    I am a Calculus II student and have been struggling to thoroughly grasp the concepts in the class.The textbook simply cannot own up to the level of clearness and helpfulness this book offered.I'm not saying you don't need a text book (god no), I'm just saying this is an excellent reference.I had a particularly hard time with Integrals in the area of substitution and integration by parts.This book just cleared things up and set me back on track to success.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus 2
    The item was delivered on time and in great condition. I am pleased with my order.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver
    took a long time to get to my house form the seller but its nailing all the points im having trouble with in calc 2. detailed walkthroughs of all integral scenarios ... Read more

    18. Student Solutions Manual for Stewart's Multivariable Calculus, 6th Edition
    by Dan Clegg, Barbara Frank
    Paperback: 322 Pages (2007-08-06)
    list price: US$63.95 -- used & new: US$38.50
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    Asin: 0495012289
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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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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    2-0 out of 5 stars I think it is not worthed.
    You have to make sure if there are all the problems solved not only the odd ones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service
    Thank you very much. Item arrived on time and in great condition. Would definitely purchase again.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Condition
    The book arrived on time.However, it was purchased as new condition the cover was damaged.The damage is quire visible and had to be seen by the shipper, so it should nave been caught and not sent to me.Since, I needed the book for immediate use I did not send it back.Even though I am looking for the best price value, I do not desire poor quality.I would have paid more if it was necessary to get a book in true new condition.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great tool when the tutor's office is closed
    the book is great - it covers chapters 10 through 17, it has the solutions for all the odd questions (student manuals never give odds and evens). and the solutions are written in a step by step progression that helps cement the correct way to solve the problems. i used the single variable solutions manual for Calc II, and it helped me understand the course enough to finally pass it (with an A), and now that i purchased this manual for calc III I've no doubt i'll pull through again.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Qustion
    hello i just have one qustion how many chapters does the book cover ? does it cover chapter 1 to 6

    thanks ... Read more

    19. Calculus of a Single Variable
    by Ron Larson, Bruce H. Edwards
    Hardcover: 912 Pages (2008-11-10)
    list price: US$188.95 -- used & new: US$109.99
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    Asin: 0547209983
    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 Great Work!!!!
    Thank you for sending me the calculus book! It came very quickly and was in great shape! Would do business with you again! Thanks again!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Calculus of a Single Variable
    The book was too overpriced for what is was. Got it too late from a different bookstore instead of the one i ordered from

    5-0 out of 5 stars Through Calc 1 to 2
    This book was the required text for my two semesters of calculus I had to slough through this past spring and summer. The first semester of calculus would be pretty rough for someone trying to learn it on your own because at times its the concepts that are a little challenging to understand rather than how to do the work. More than likely, some of the material can be confusing without the aid of a teacher or tutor but most chapters you can work independently through without any real problems at all (except the problems themselves, maybe). It will not really take you by the hand and show you all of the little algebra steps in the examples, however. That is YOUR own fault if you don't know what's going on. Do not be expected to be put in a stroller and wheeled around in the land of calculus when you should be walking tall with all the skills you acquired from algebra and trigonometry. As far as the writing goes, it is very well written to get across to most students what exactly you are trying to figure out with application problems included, the normal drill problems, and challenge problems (Putnam problems included). If you're good with algebra and trig, this whole first semester of calculus should be a cake walk for you in terms of difficulty. It is basically recalling all your old knowledge and applying them to new concepts involving basic differentiation and integration. This book I believe has aptly satisfied me with enough of a challenge as well as clarity in figuring out just what I need to know. For the students still having problems, they do have a solutions manual which got me through Calculus II like no other. Any time I was confused I would go through that book. A tip though is that if you're okay with it you should make annotations. I started doing that in calculus II because I was taking a summer course and imagine having to master the whole integration techniques chapter in 3 days. Was a nightmare. The solutions are usually well laid out and easy to follow but sometimes the steps you see there you can get stuck on if you don't know your algebra like second nature. I'd sit there and make notes on the little steps of what they did or would do to simplify their answers. It helps! Anyway, this book will get you through Calc I and Calc II is where this book really shines.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Came in better condition that I thought!
    When I ordered this book I was worried that my exam would be over before I ever got the book, but I was wrong! The book not only came well before the exam, but it came in better condition that I would have ever thought. It was like new and would buy from again!

    1-0 out of 5 stars never recieved anything
    i ordered the calculus book, never recieved it. after waiting for 2 weeks of shipping..emailed to the seller and NO REPLY...had to call customer service and file A TO Z complaint for the seller..and get the refund,, STRONGLY NOT RECOMMANDED.. ... Read more

    20. Calculus (Stewart's Calculus Series)
    by James Stewart
    Hardcover: 1344 Pages (2007-06-11)
    list price: US$224.95 -- used & new: US$89.95
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    Asin: 0495011606
    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, 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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    1-0 out of 5 stars Didn't send what was shown
    i ordered a calculus book and received an 1870 census for highland county ohio.. don't buy from this user

    5-0 out of 5 stars calculus, full series
    brand new and recieved the item in less than a week. great seller!
    plus it was cheap

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect~!
    My book came in on time and in the condition they stated ~ I'm definitely coming back for next year's books <3 Thank you!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Calculus
    Don' t pick this one, so terriable. I had ordered the book almost one month ago, but I got nothing besides waste my time and money!!!!! Be careful!

    1-0 out of 5 stars never received
    I never received this book after waiting 4 weeks.Amazon refunded the total amount paid. ... Read more

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