New co--authors----Irl Bivens and Stephen Davis----from Davidson College; both distinguished educators and writers. More emphasis on graphing calculators in exercises and examples, including CAS capabilities of graphing calculators. More problems using tabular data and more emphasis on mathematical modeling.
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This is really a great book. I learned calculus from this book 20 years ago, and now, as I relearn it, I use it again. The writing is clear, and the examples progress from the easy to the difficult. If you are studying on your own, I recommend getting this or any other old edition of the book, along with the teacher's manual that has every problem solved. (If you're teaching yourself calculus, you do not need the latest and greatest book. Save your money and buy an old classic like this. If you can't find the complete user manual, consider ordering it through your library using an interlibrary loan.
If you are inquisitive, sometimes, along the way, you might have an idea about something and want to test it out; for this I recommend either alpha.wolfram.com or Mathematica. You could use a graphing calculator instead of these, but Mathematica is extremely powerful. If you're not ready to buy Mathematica, alpha.wolfram.com is an excellent substitute.
This seems suitable for all levels of undergraduate calculus. The explanations of high school or 1st semester calculus are reasonably succint and clear. I will be commencing multivariate calculus shortly and coverage seems adequate for that as well. There are truly a vast number of problems so I find it helpful for reviewing earlier subjects in preparation for my next course.
I strongly recommend the Kindle version (which only works on the iPad or computer please note) as it is a fascimile of the written book but without the weight. I have an ancient hard copy by my bed as well...
No big textbook for maths is perfect but I rarely get frustrated with this one, it would be my recommendation after I have been trying a few.
I'm currently studying mechanical engineering and I had to take calc 1 through 3. I got an A in all three with this book (combined version 9th ed). There are some topics in a couple of sections that aren't explained very well and I had to teach myself online, but compared to other text books where I am lost much more often, I think this book explains the topics very well...especially the multivariable section (ch 11-15). I've seen several other calculus textbooks and this is my favorite. There will be frustrating times with any calc text book. It's never as bad as 'physics with calculus' texts at least.
Most students will have to buy whatever textbook is required for their class anyway. There's solutions to all the problems online...at least my school provided us with them.
If you're learning on your own, I'd recommend watching khan/youtube videos as you'll get better explanations there than any book and most professors.
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