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Self-Teaching Calculus?

  1. Jul 5, 2013 #1
    I am very interested in physics, and so naturally I would like to teach myself the necessities of calculus, in order to allow myself to understand physics more.

    Could anybody recommend any videos or books I could get started with?
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  3. Jul 5, 2013 #2
    I highly recommend "A first course in calculus" by Serge Lang. It is a very good book to learn calculus and it's really worth going through.

    You might want to supplement it with videos of Khan academy. Be warned: the word is "supplement", do not use it as a primary resource! And don't forget doing a lot of calculus exercises, even the mere "drilling exercises".

    A book you should eventually go through is Spivak's calculus. But I do not recommend this for a beginner. Go through Lang first to get an intuitive and conceptual feel of the theory. Then go through Spivak to get a more rigorous view of things.
  4. Jul 5, 2013 #3
    If you wanted to go the e-course route, you could try:

    Education portal
    The Saylor foundation
    MIT Courseware

    If you want to try free ebooks, you could try:

    Calculus in Context
    Calculus (Paul Dawkins)
    Calculus: A Modern Rigorous Approach
    Differential and Integral Calculus(C.E Love)
    Calculus, Applications and Theory(Kenneth Kuttler)

    These are just a few. Here are some links to some free calculus ebooks:

    Math and multimedia.com
  5. Jul 5, 2013 #4
    You can use mit courseware. They have Calculus I and II and book aren't necessary.

    you can buy Calculus by Thomas/Finney 9 edition.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MccSGWZdM_A&list=ECF5E22224459D23D9&index=2, Calculus I by the University of Missouri - Kansas City

    The Calculus Lifesaver:
    All the Tools You Need to Excel at Calculus
    by Adrian Banner.It includes videos to explain the material in the book.
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