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I really think your best bet would be to look at other freshman calc books and see if they clear things up for you --- Anton, Larson, and Thomas are three very popular examples, and you might find that one or more of them explains things in a way that you find more understandable.

But if you absolutely don't want a textbook, then all you can do is try books like "Calculus for Dummies," or "Calculus Demystified," or stuff like that. I've never read them, so I don't know how good they are.

With all due respect to other posters, including those who always recommend Spivak or Apostol, I strongly doubt that analysis-based texts are what you want, if you were flirting with a D your first time around.

You might also consider that the problem may not be with calculus, but with its prereqs. If you think you may be a little shaky in algebra or trig or graphing functions, you might want to get a PREcalculus text and work through it carefully.

Unfortunately, the precalc text I usually recommend is also by Stewart. You might try Swokowski's, though.

But if you absolutely don't want a textbook, then all you can do is try books like "Calculus for Dummies," or "Calculus Demystified," or stuff like that. I've never read them, so I don't know how good they are.

With all due respect to other posters, including those who always recommend Spivak or Apostol, I strongly doubt that analysis-based texts are what you want, if you were flirting with a D your first time around.

You might also consider that the problem may not be with calculus, but with its prereqs. If you think you may be a little shaky in algebra or trig or graphing functions, you might want to get a PREcalculus text and work through it carefully.

Unfortunately, the precalc text I usually recommend is also by Stewart. You might try Swokowski's, though.

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Actually you can download a slightly older but perfectly good edition of Strang's book, study guide, and solutions manual for free from the OCW site:

http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-18-001-calculus-online-textbook-spring-2005/

and I somehow forgot to mention the video lectures available at sites like OCW and Khan Academy.

http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-18-001-calculus-online-textbook-spring-2005/

and I somehow forgot to mention the video lectures available at sites like OCW and Khan Academy.

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I recommend the paperback Calculus by my friend and colleague, Elliot Gootman. It was written exactly for people like you, who are taking calculus and struggling with it. It costs $10 new on Amazon where it has 22 reviews, 19 of them 5 stars, ( two 4 stars and one 3 stars). (And the 3 star review is for an error in a link provided by Amazon, not for Gootman's book.)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0812098196/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0812098196/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

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This book looks great... I like the way he words things. thank-you

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I just downloaded it, it looks ok..Any and all help will awesome. O and Khan academy is awesome, I found out about it to late last semester. Thanks for the help.Actually you can download a slightly older but perfectly good edition of Strang's book, study guide, and solutions manual for free from the OCW site:

http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-18-001-calculus-online-textbook-spring-2005/

and I somehow forgot to mention the video lectures available at sites like OCW and Khan Academy.

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Currently I am an Aerospace Engineer, but that might change to a different engineering or some form of science like physics which I love. Calculus wasn't hard, if I a year to learn it like in high school well I would of had no problem. It was more the speed at which we were learning and the fact that I wrote it off, didn't try my hardest because before that I had never seen calculus. It was a mistake. The thing I had trouble with I'd say was applying the techniques. I had a real hard time with exponents such as:

y=2^sin(Piex) or y=e^-5x times cos3x.

I didn't fully understand discontinuous problems such as:

Explain why the function f(x)= x^2-x/x^2-1 if x can't=1 and 1 if x=1 is discontinuous at x=1. Sketch the graph of the function?

Sketch graphs too like this too. : sketch the graph of tan example of a function f such that-

f(0)=3, limit as x approaches 0- f(x)=4, limit as x approaches 4+ f(x)= infinity, etc like 5 more of that variation all in one graph.

Here is another one,The limit as h approaches 0 cos(pie+h)+1/h represents the derivative of some function f at some point x=a. state an f and a.

Then just finding the serivative of functions 7= x^2 + 4x+3/ squareroot x.

of course show x^3-15x+c=0 has at least one root in the interval [-2,2].

Hospital rule also.

That's about it.

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Another awesome book, cool.I recommend the paperback Calculus by my friend and colleague, Elliot Gootman. It was written exactly for people like you, who are taking calculus and struggling with it. It costs $10 new on Amazon where it has 22 reviews, 19 of them 5 stars, ( two 4 stars and one 3 stars). (And the 3 star review is for an error in a link provided by Amazon, not for Gootman's book.)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0812098196/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

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