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Course outline for self study

  1. May 12, 2007 #1
    Greetings everyone.

    I’m interested in spending some of my free time this summer trying to teach myself Calculus in preparation for college this fall. I spent a great deal of time searching for used textbooks on amazon.com and decided to go with “Calculus” 7th edition by Larson Hostetler and Edwards. It seemed to be less widely used than Stewarts, but had consistently positive reviews. At this point I’m not sure if I made the correct choice, but it appears to be a decant text thus far.

    Anyway, what I’m asking is if anyone has had experience or a class with this text, who could suggest a syllabus or course outline that I could follow to pace myself as would be required by a standard Calculus 1 class. I realize that I would most likely have to follow the odd numbered questions at the end of each chapter, and I will potentially have to buy the student solutions guide to provide more insight to the answerers.

    This is all I’ve been able to find thus far, I’m just curious if it seems like a good guide or not. Also no homework questions are listed, so I’d assume to work on any and all off of them.

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    Week    Chapter Section in Text Topic
    1   1   1.1, 1.2, 1.3   A Preview of Calculus; Limits

    2   1   1.3; 1.4    Limits; Continuity; One Sided Limits

    3   1   1.5 Infinite Limits

    4   2   2.1, 2.2    Derivatives; Tangent Line Problem; Rates of Change

    5   2   2.3, 2.4    Derivative Formulas; Chain Rule

    6   2   2.5, 2.6    Implicit Diff.; Related Rates

    7   3   3.1, 3.2    Extrema on an Interval; Rolle’s Th; MVT

    8   3   3.3, 3.4, 3.5   Inc/Dec Fncs; First Derivative Test; Concavity; Second Derivative Test; Limits at Infinity

    9   3   3.6, 3.7    Curve Sketching; Optimization Problems

    10  3   3.8, 3.9    Newton's Method; Differentials

    11  4   4.1, 4.2, 4.3   Antidervatives and Indefinite Integration; Area; Riemann Sums

    12  4   4.3, 4.4    Definite Integrals; The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

    13  4   4.5, 4.6    Integration by Substitution; Numerical Integration

    14  7   7.1 Area Between Curves

        Chapters 1 – 4 and 7.1    Final Exam

    This course outline uses the much more expensive 8th (current) edition of the book, but a review for that said that all of the material is the same, it’s just ordered a bit differently.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. May 12, 2007 #2
    Although I used a different book, that looks like exactly the same order my first year calculus course went.

    I would suggest trying to understand the concepts rather than just spitting out problems.
  4. May 12, 2007 #3


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    i might suggest a little book like elliot gootman's calculus paperback, for self study.

    those topics you wrote down are absolutely the same as in virtually every cookbook calculus book.
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