Books for self-learning Calculus?


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Mar9-08, 06:31 PM
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Hello all. I ran a search on the forums, but didn't find anything specific to my query.

Does anyone here have a favorite book for self-teaching Calculus? Preferably, the book should have a small refresher for older needed maths before the actual Calculus segment. Thanks for the help.
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Spivak's "Calculus" is great if you intend on learning more of the mathematician's calculus than the engineering/physics applications. It starts from going over the basic properties of numbers and functions first. In either case, a Schaum's review of Calculus will easily fill in the applications if you need them.
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I wouldn't suggest Spivak.

I would go with Stewart's.

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I wouldn't suggest Spivak.

I would go with Stewart's.
Not a disagreement with those, but would you give your reasons for not using the Spivak book but to use the Stewart book?
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Mar10-08, 07:37 PM
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if you're going to read a math book you should learn how to do proofs first
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Mar10-08, 08:03 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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go to thelibrary and try reading them. choose whichever one you like to read. e.g. spivak, courant, stewart, thomas, cruse and granberg, thomas finney, salas - hille, kitchen, silvanus p thompson, ....
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It depends what you need this calculus for. Do you need a firm understand with strong fundamentals because you wish to do a degree in mathematics, do you want to use it this apply the basics to some problems, just enough understanding to apply to some engineering perhaps? Different books suit different needs.
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Mar16-08, 03:57 AM
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I used Stewart's to self learn. It's a great book and full of color :)


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