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Advice On Spivak's Calculus?

  1. Jul 29, 2011 #1
    So, I've decided I need to do some Calculus reviewing since I haven't been in a Calc class since last fall, and I'm taking multivariate Calculus this fall.

    I own a copy of Spivak's calculus, and I know it's supposed to be a challenging math text, but I want to at least try my luck with it. There's nothing at stake.

    Any recommendations on how to approach this book? I'm a little intimidated.
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  3. Jul 29, 2011 #2


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    Try to prove the theorems yourself without reading them first. Struggle with exercises until you know exactly what it is that you are missing. Then look up what you need in the text. Even start a chapter by going directly to the exercises.

    This method is slow and can be painful but worth it.

    Make up examples of your own.
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