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Calculus, by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards.

  1. Dec 24, 2007 #1
    I have a relatively simple question to ask anyone so inclined to give me an answer. I recently finished self teaching pre-calculus with the text Algebra and Trigonometry, by Beecher, Penna, and Bittinger, which is an excellent self study text I might add. The book I have chosen to graduate onto is, as you can probably guess, Calculus, by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards. My question, before I delve right in is, would this text be a good book to start learning calculus with every intention of graduating from community college to major in physics at a university? My long term intent is to develope a very solid base in mathematics before I start on the road toward a physics degree, and I am not sure if there is another standard of mathematical technique I am missing in my preparations for the graduate curriculum. For the most part, time is on my side, I do not feel the need to rush into things, and very much want to have a deeper understanding of the physical concepts, insofar as math is concerned, at least, which is why I am self studying before taking further 'qualified learning' (in order to avoid the concurrent math-physics stuggle). Any suggestions about this would be much appreciated, thanks.
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  3. Dec 24, 2007 #2
    This is book that I was taught calculus from and with all honesty I was not a big fan of it. Its not a "bad" calculus book, but I thought many of the examples and explanations were lacking. Crack it open and see how well you can follow it. Don't be affraid to hit up a discount book store and browse through different and perhaps older books either (sometimes in math, the older is better). Couple sites on the internet you may want to try as well.


    Have fun learing this wonderful subject!
  4. Dec 24, 2007 #3


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    If the book edition is anything like the earlier one published in the early '80's, then it should be very acceptable for self-study. The book should be fine for the first three semesters of Calculus Plus Analytic Geometry.
  5. Dec 24, 2007 #4
    Thank you for your replies, though I suppose the obveous follow up question would be, what comes after the first three semesters of calculus, excluding analytic geometry, in terms of a physics major? Not that I am thinking about self studying up to/past that point (possible?), but purely to satisfy a curiosity.
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  6. Dec 24, 2007 #5
    Linear Algebra and ODE's are your next stop on the math train.
  7. Dec 24, 2007 #6
    Much to learn still, much to learn... bring it on. :cool:
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