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In summary, there was a discussion about finding a good introductory calculus textbook that is reasonably priced. Suggestions were made for Stewart's Calculus book and Apostol's Calculus books. It was mentioned that Apostol's books are more rigorous and may not be necessary for learning calculus for physics. A recommendation was also made for Strang's textbook, which is available for free. The conversation also touched on the option of buying older versions of textbooks to save money and the differences between editions.

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in my opinion

i think stwart calculus the most powerful textbook for beginners

i think stwart calculus the most powerful textbook for beginners

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If you know most of what's covered in a calculus I class already then Apostol is a good choice. If not, then you should pick up a used copy of Stewart or something similar (don't get the newest edition, they barely change the book at all with new editions, and older editions cost <$10 used) and go through everything up to series. Apostol is used in honors calculus classes in college for kids who already took a calculus class in high school, so its not easy to go through cold.

But if you want to do calculus for physics then something as rigorous as Apostol isn't necessary. I don't see anything wrong with Stewart personally.

But if you want to do calculus for physics then something as rigorous as Apostol isn't necessary. I don't see anything wrong with Stewart personally.

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If i were to get a Stewart text, should a pick early transcendentals over the original?

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I am 99% sure that they are the same textbook content wise. I have seen an older copy of the original Calculus book and it looked identical to a later edition of the Early Transcendentals variety.

Also, it is much more reasonable to look at stewart in comparison to other calculus books using google books than to put all your faith behind Amazon reviewers. Another point that's not often made is that it's definitely worth it to see what calc books are available at the library. There is no compelling reason to buy the book unless there are no renewals allowed (which would be weird). You save a lot of money and if you really want a certain book as a reference later or if you really liked it, then you can buy it, but this can be done later if the book is available at the library.

Many people on these forums will recommend Spivak, myself included, and some will look at a book such as Stewarts with disgust. But most people who encounter Spivak will have seen calculus before, even if this is not the original intent of the author. Just remember that Spivak is as good, if not better than many intro to analysis textbooks, so if you are not at that level yet, there is nothing wrong with starting with Stewart. I would recommend that you go to google books, search for Spivak (the 3rd edition should be online), and try to read chapter 1, chapter 5, or the part right after the last theorem in chapter 7 AND chapter 8 and see how it suits you. If you can get a grasp on what Spivak is talking about in those sections (more precisely, if you can follow his arguments), you can work through the entire book.

Also, it is much more reasonable to look at stewart in comparison to other calculus books using google books than to put all your faith behind Amazon reviewers. Another point that's not often made is that it's definitely worth it to see what calc books are available at the library. There is no compelling reason to buy the book unless there are no renewals allowed (which would be weird). You save a lot of money and if you really want a certain book as a reference later or if you really liked it, then you can buy it, but this can be done later if the book is available at the library.

Many people on these forums will recommend Spivak, myself included, and some will look at a book such as Stewarts with disgust. But most people who encounter Spivak will have seen calculus before, even if this is not the original intent of the author. Just remember that Spivak is as good, if not better than many intro to analysis textbooks, so if you are not at that level yet, there is nothing wrong with starting with Stewart. I would recommend that you go to google books, search for Spivak (the 3rd edition should be online), and try to read chapter 1, chapter 5, or the part right after the last theorem in chapter 7 AND chapter 8 and see how it suits you. If you can get a grasp on what Spivak is talking about in those sections (more precisely, if you can follow his arguments), you can work through the entire book.

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Thomas and Finney is not that bad either (although I used stewart.) :D

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physicsnoob93 said:Thomas and Finney is not that bad either (although I used stewart.) :D

Did you like the Stewart one? Was it easy to read? Do you think it's good for a self-studier such as myself who wants to go ahead of what's expected?

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Stewart's actually isn't that bad if you're just starting to learn the techniques.

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T.O.E Dream said:

Nope. That's how much I knew when I started off. :) have fun!

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Buy an older version and you will save money and be able to buy for less than $10.

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j93 said:Buy an older version and you will save money and be able to buy for less than $10.

How old should it be? 5th, 4th, 3rd,,,

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And what's the difference between the 5th and the 6th.

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Also, do you know how well Stewart's text covers vector calculus. Just Curious.

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It's got sections on vectors but it's not as in depth as books dedicated on vector calculus

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I also suggest Strang's textbook. It's a great introductory text that has the balance of depth and applications.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0961408820/?tag=pfamazon01-20

best of all, it's free

http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/resources/Strang/strangtext.htm

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0961408820/?tag=pfamazon01-20

best of all, it's free

http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/resources/Strang/strangtext.htm

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I used Thomas's Calculus in college, & as a complementary text I used the Calculus Lifesaver. Thomas's Calculus has plenty of problems to work & for the most part isn't too confusing, but at times I also read chapters from Stewart's book which was more down to earth, and I also used Calculus by Earl W. Swokowski https://www.amazon.com/dp/0534936245/?tag=pfamazon01-20. Can't really beat the rating on that one.

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pmacias said:

I guess it's not a bad textbook if you're just starting to learn calculus, as you're just learning primarily the methods used and their applications.

But if you're looking to study the theory behind all these techniques, then you ought to look for something else.

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i have thomas 7th edition its rock solid, has good intro to diff eqn, and a nice intro to matrices

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