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Calculus Calculus: One and Several Variables by Salas, Etgen, Hille

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  1. Feb 16, 2013 #1
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  3. Dec 4, 2013 #2
    This book is good in that the exercises clearly teach the section concepts in a progressive fashion. It is not so good in that the explanations of the material seem to aim to use as few words as possible, and rely on some VERY dense jargon to save paper.

    A few extra words per sentence would make this a great book. It's a failing I find common to 90% of mathematics texts. Popular calc texts should be split into 3 seperate volumes, IMO. The explanations need to be fleshed out and accessible and understandable to students - not just math professors.
  4. Feb 18, 2014 #3


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    salas and hille was a classic, o do not remember the other guy.
  5. Jul 31, 2014 #4
    Book isn't bad but isn't great either. Seems to straddle an unfortunate line in level of material between something like Apostol or Spivak and Stewart. Much better IMO to just sit down and work through Spivak etc. But it has an okay treatment of multivariate concepts and actually proves most of the theorems.

    Although, looking back on it, I am shocked to say they didn't introduce the least upper bound property of R until chapter 11. Which is terrible...
  6. Mar 18, 2015 #5
    Hi micromass, I just want to ask if Calculus by Salas is enough for theoretical physics undergraduates? I am curious because I want to do research in QFT in grad school and I'm thinking if my investment for Salas is enough.
  7. Mar 29, 2015 #6
    Salas, Hille, Etgen's Calculus is okay but if you want to do QFT, you pretty much need to go beyond this text. I have used this book for my elementary calculus classes only.
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