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**Calculus - 3rd Edition**

James Stewart

Brooks/Cole Publishing Company

Approximate price: $110 USD (New), $72 USD (used - what I paid many years ago)

The most current is 4th Edition but everything is about the same, chapters are rearranged.

Contents:

Review and preview

1. Limits and rates of change

2. Derivatives

3. The mean value theorem and curve sketching

4. Integrals

5. Applications of integration

6. Inverse funcitons

7. Techniques of integration

8. Further applications of integrations

9. Parametric equations and polar coordinates

10. Infinite sequences and series

11. Three-dimensional analytic geometry and vectors

12. Partial derivatives

13. Multiple integrals

14. Vector calculus

15. Differential Equations

Pros:

This book covers pretty much every aspect of calculus that an aspiring student, or other, would need to know. It has ample examples with pretty thorough explainations of the rules involved for problem solving. And plenty of problems to solve, too!

Cons:

The main downside of this book (IMO) is the tendency to not explain what algebraic (or other) function is used to help solve example problems which leave the reader to wonder "how?" certain numbers 'magically' appeared (a little confused).

Benefits:

The reader will be a

**much**stronger mathematician and problem solver. Not only in math but in regards to other subjects as well; such as physics, statics, dynamics, statistics, etc...

Conclusion:

My overall rating is an enthusiastic two thumbs up. I have probably been through the book 3 or 4 times over throughout my educational career, and it always presents a challenge. I definitely recommend anyone wanting to learn and possibly master calculus to pick up this book and get to work!

Look for more reviews by me to follow!