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Jan15-12, 10:28 AM
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Taking calculus and have hard time understanding the textbook. Help .

Quote Quote by chiro View Post
Hey appplejack and welcome to the forums.

Understanding usually doesn't come straight away.

The best advice I would give you is to find other books, articles, blogs and so on that discuss this kind of thing. You could also ask specific questions on this forum as other people have done: this is done on a highly regular basis here and is a great source for this kind of information.
I will 2nd this and what mathwonk said. When I don't understand something (which is often ) I go with a 'many perspectives' approach. I pick up 3 or 4 books (from the library since I am not rich) on the same subject and take a pencil and paper and try to re-derive what each author is saying. One author might go with a 'formal' derivation, where another might go with an 'intuitive' or 'pictorial' derivation and I make it my job to reconcile all of the approaches.

The internet is also a great resource as is this forum. If you have questions about calculus homework, ask in the Homework Help forum. If you have conceptual calculus questions, ask in the Calculus forum.