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Calculus Series by James Stewartby Greg Bernhardt Tags: None 

#1
Jan2013, 10:35 AM

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#2
Jan2013, 03:31 PM

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The price of $185 is totally unacceptable. I can't imagine why anyone would adopt a book with a price tag this exploitative when there are so many good free options (Keisler, Angenent, and others) as well as commercial offerings that are not priced like an act of violence (Thomas, Spivak).




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Jan2013, 03:46 PM

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#5
Jan2013, 03:51 PM

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A lot of money for a pretty not good book.
I used it before moving to Spivak, if it wasn't a free online version, I would have burned it. 



#7
Jan2113, 04:38 AM

P: 423

If the book was cheaper, it wouldn't be to bad. The problem is you're pay so much for a book that doesn't teach you any more than any other calculus book. Material wise, it isn't bad for someone who just needs to know how to do calculus, but since there exist cheaper books that do the same thing, this just makes this a bad buy,




#8
Jan2113, 09:07 PM

P: 273

I feel duped. I have to use this textbook for my calculus courses. D:< http://www.amazon.com/CalculusTrans.../dp/1111426686 



#9
Jan2113, 09:39 PM

P: 542

Book is ok, price is not.




#10
Jan2113, 10:14 PM

P: 452

This book is kind of funny. One of the most used arguments for the very high price of textbooks, is that there are not a lot of buyers. This is one of the most used college textbooks and also one one of the most expensive.It is so expensive that most students that have it assigned will buy an older version or steal it online.Soon the number of students that buy it will go to 0 and its price will go to infinity, proving why we should all (not) learn calculus from this book.




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Jan2113, 10:15 PM

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#12
Jan2113, 10:52 PM

P: 29

I used it for Cal II and I thought it was pretty good. There are plenty of exercises in it and the highernumbered questions get interesting. I didn't buy it new, however, I tracked down a used copy without the solutions manual for $90 (not having the solutions manual was frustrating for a bit, but it forces you to really learn the material).
EDIT: I'm in Cal IV this semester using Stewart's Multivariable Calculus text and I also think it's pretty good. The hate for these books always confuses me, they explain things well enough and if you need more just supplement it with the internet. 



#13
Jan2213, 12:41 PM

P: 427

1) way too expensive 2) there are better options I have a copy that I regularly lend out to friends. I don't think I am doing them a disservice, but I would never require this book if I were a prof. My school is trying to move away from it. 



#14
Jan2313, 05:19 PM

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the question as stated is very broad. the book is pretty good, and especially the second edition which was quite good. moreover used copies of the old better editions are available for under $5.
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...=t&tn=calculus of course for $185, it is absurd. 



#15
Jan3013, 03:30 PM

P: 520

This book brings a lot of people into the tutoring center at my university.
From what I can tell  early editions of this book were quite good. Subsequent attempts to pare it down and make it more "concise" have created a very dense and hard to follow tome. The author has put a lot of material online as supplements  but most students are unaware of this, and when made aware, they usually don't take the time to check it out. Student complains generally are: lack of examples, lack of explanation etc. Much of which seem to have been present in the earlier, thicker editions. Having said that  I'm still learning calculus from this book, having finished the calculus sequence a year ago. I refer to it again and again, and it's become "my book," for calculus and I'm very comfortable with it. However, perhaps if I had learned better the first time I wouldn't have to revisit it so much! Dave K 



#16
Feb513, 10:02 AM

P: 76

I've just finished it, well, the third edition anyways.
I like it, it is an illustrious (not in the figurative sense) book, it explains things visually, which I find easily digestible. The only problem which I have with the actual book is that it doesn't really delve into much depth, for example, the entire time I just wanted to switch to Multivariable, which I am doing now. I felt that it was easier to understand than some of the samples of other texts on the internet, but only by just. But I will say this about the book, I stopped my mathematical education about halfway through High School Geometry. Around a year later I picked up this book and decided to read it (aiming to understand differential equations) and I did not find it difficult to follow at all. If I had picked up Spivak instead, I probably would have never renewed my interest in math. Having said this, the price is awful, and James Stewart should mitigate this by making Multivariable free. My mom bought the copy I used second hand. I would strongly suggest that approach. 



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Feb513, 10:38 AM

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