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Calculus Is there a good book to self study calculus?

  1. Mar 31, 2016 #1
    Hi, I am looking for a way to self study calculus. I am an eighth grader doing more than grade level stuff, so I am a COMPLETE beginner and need a book which starts with like the 'abc's' of calculus. I know geometry, Algebra 1 & 2 really well, but am not the best at Trig or Precalc, so if there are books to do like a crash course on the topics, that'll be great too, but I am focusing on calculus right now.
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    Trigonometry is ever so important in Calculus. Calculus is like a pot of soup where parts of algebra, geometry, and trig all come to work together. Pre-Calc is a good teaser on what calculus will be like, so you should try that too. I've already recommended this for another person, but try the fifth edition of Trigonometry by McKeague and Turner. It's very simplistic.
  4. Mar 31, 2016 #3
    @ProfuselyQuarky Thank You so much
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    I prefer to recommend my insight on how to self-study calculus here.
  7. Apr 4, 2016 #6
    There are since late 1960s, an increasing number of good books for self studying/teaching (infinitesimal) calculus _not to be confused with "analysis"_. Are supplied, inside the book or within a student solutions manual, all the solutions to the exercises, problems & quizes; this criterion excludes the majority of the best textbooks on calculus. _______Second criterion: understanding of all the notions in math and physics of secondary school. _______3th criterion, first year college math prior to calculus, a.k.a. pre-calculus, discrete mathematics ect. _______4th, also learn the stack of notions of the hyperbolic trigonometry.______________________Then you can, on Amazon web sites (.com , .fr ,...), seek for the books on calculus and examine the critics/commentaries. Apostol's old book has presented calculus together with linear algebra. Harold M. Edwards' old book "Advanced Calculus: A Differential Forms Approach" could be your second book to read; only the solutions of odd number problems are supplied. And if you pursue in this most excellent self studies of calculus, don't hesitate to buy a recent book without any solution to the assigned exercises/problems, "Advanced Calculus: A Geometric View" by James J. Callahan. Three others books sould be purshased as complements: 1) "How Round is Your Circle?: Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet" by J. Bryant & C. Sangwin (to be read after your pre-calculus notions); 2) "The Mathematical Mechanic" by M. Levi; 3) "A Geometric Approach to Differential Forms, 2/e" by D. Bachman.
  8. Apr 5, 2016 #7
    In nowadays' math, infinitesimal calculus may be compared to a big numerical-control machine-tool! If you wish a much simpler and shorter plan of studies in calculus, here is a low-cost suggestion. "Technical Calculus with Analytic Geometry" by Judith L. Gersting; 528 pp 6.14" x 9.21": ISBN-13: 9780486673431. It contains 6 credits of post secondary education in calculus for technology students with a background in algebra and trigonometry. Answers to all practice problems are given at the back of the book, many with worked-out solutions. Paperback + eBook: 25.25 $US, in the USA.
  9. Apr 9, 2016 #8
    @theBin Thank you so much. Your suggestion really helped! :)
  10. Apr 9, 2016 #9
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  11. Apr 9, 2016 #10
    Also, are economical and in pocket-size, from author A.A.Klaf: "Arithmetic Refresher", Trigonometry Refresher" and "Calculus Refresher". Old stuff (like my revised copy of Audel millwright handbook), for high-school trades, e.g. industrial draftsperson, topometry & land-surveying labourer, machinist, landscaping & gardens designer. His book on calculus hasn't enough coverage for a college technology in architecture, civil engineering or electromechanics.
  12. Apr 13, 2016 #11
    Try George Simmons' Calculus and Analytic Geometry. The book is really good for the beginners in calculus, and it will take you from the precalculus to single-calculus to multivariable calculus.

    Another good book is Courant/John's two-volume classics.
  13. Apr 25, 2016 #12
    G. Simmons' book first edited in 1982 is excellent; rather indispensable is the ''Student Solutions Manual (...)'' written by the same author. Finding & buying them by internet at decent prices is sometimes difficult. _________________________Courant & John's set of two volumes in infinitesimal calculus, is for those who made well in advanced secondary math, college precalculus and a primer course in calculus. At page 120 appear the first teachings on integral; on page 155, the first teachings on derivative. The two volumes contain about 20 credits of knowledge.
  14. Apr 25, 2016 #13


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    based on the idea that mastering the background for calculus is more important than jumping right into the calculus, i suggest the book Principles of Mathematics, by Allendoerfer and Oakley. They will start with logic, number systems, a sketch of groups fields, sets and boolean algebra, and progress through functions, algebraic functions, trig functions, exponential and log functions, and then limits, analytic geometry, continuous functions, and finally a brief introduction to the key ideas of calculus, with an indication of the proof of the fundamental theorem. You will then be ready for a more thorough treatment of calculus itself from one of the more advanced books suggested above.

    This book is suitable for honors high school students, while Courant and John is suitable for honors level college students, and is considerably more dense and difficult.
  15. Apr 26, 2016 #14
    Better version is "Fundamentals of Freshman Mathematics" by Allendoerfer/Oakley. It is almost same as Principles, but Fundamentals has better organizations, proofs, and more materials geared for pre-calculus. I was little confused about how A/O treated the logic at the beginning, though.
  16. Apr 26, 2016 #15
    There is a second edition, where Simmons corrected all mistake on the first edition and added more materials for the multivariable calculus and proofs at the Appendix. It is very sad that his book has a huge price....

    I think Courant/John really cared about the applications of analysis, especially in physics. The modern treatment quite similar to C/J is gigantic 2-volume sets by Zorich. He emphasizes the physical motivation and intuition, particularly on the foundations of calculus on physical phenomena.
  17. Apr 26, 2016 #16
    Exactly. _____ ''trig functions, exponential'' including the teachings on the hyperbolic ''and log functions'' because the mature/true equation of the curve of the suspended chain needs be built with an hyperbolic-trigonometric function.
  18. Apr 26, 2016 #17
    They don't contain 20-credit of knowledge but if one makes some extra readings in the books mentionned as reference or source, the learning will expand.
  19. Apr 26, 2016 #18
    Why is this book so expensive?
  20. Apr 26, 2016 #19
    Some masterpieces are out of print, and not yet reprinted at very low cost, as does e.g. Dover Publishing Company. Until there, many salespersons who opereate on web platforms like Amazon, AbeBooks etc, will try their best to make outrageous profits. Before the 1980s, generaly speaking, the academic manuals were suffering of underdevelopment in every aspects. The didactics of infinitesimal calculus and linear algebra, also of physics, have taken a century to correct pitfalls, traps and ambiguities. The American Government took very long to awake & realized that, in order to promote math & physics in the brain of the Youth, big money should be every year invested in expensive paper, colours, hardcovering etc, not only in aerospace missions to other planet(s) with rockets. Before 1982, the Bibles, a handful of reputated dictionaries & encyclopedia, the Life magazine, the manuscripts at notary/chapel/city-hall or at land-surveyer office, etc were alone of high qualities; not the manuals for school, college & university. ____________ I own a copy of ''Calculus and Analytic Geometry" edited in 1982, written by Mizrahi & Sullivan. In the preface the authors admit that there were many good books on calculus already, but they aren't interesting: they are done to please to the eventual teachers. So they did a very interesting manual and easy-to-read manual, built for the student.
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