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I'm looking to start learning Calculus(and Mathematics, in general) and was wondering if Apostol Volume ! is good for a beginner. I've been teaching myself Mathematics for about half a year now and I've mastered thePre-Calculus(Robert Blitzer) and I'm currently studying Courant'sWhat is Mathematics?to get a larger Idea of what exactly Math is before I dive into Calculus. I chose Apostol because it seems to give a more pure/proof-based approach to Calculus. It's my assumption that it's far easier to learn the applications after I learn the theory than vice versa. However, I've seen on different threads that Apostol may not be for the faint of heart and was wondering exactly how hard you think it would be for one with no knowledge of Calculus, but strong grounding in Pre-Calculus. Some suggest it would be best to study regular single variable Calculus (akin to that found on MIT OCW) before diving into Apostol, but is it entirely necessary or would it just make the process easier?

NB:Pre-Calculusbrushed over proving statements via mathematical induction and spent the last chapter introduces Calculus(Finding Limits through tables and graphs, and by using the properties of limits, Continuity, and introduction to derivatives)

Thanks in advance for your help!

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# Should I buy Apostol's Calculus?

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