I am currently studying multivariate calculus, and quite frankly, I'm not doing well. I am currently using Thomas' Calculus, 11/e media upgrade by Pearson. I don't like this book. The text is 75% theory and 25% simple examples, too few exercise problems, and the explanation is just too difficult to understand. Can someone recommend a book that focuses less on theory, and more on the applications of multivariate calculus? To me, it's easier to learn the rote, systematic, problem-solving stuff first before understanding the theory behind it, so I want to start with that. I would also like it if it can teach how to approach solving these types of problems. It just feels like the textbook I'm currently using is, "Here's the theory. Here's one example problem. Figure out the rest yourself." I think what I want is, a book that speaks to me in "layman's terms," but not to the point where it's mathematically incorrect or unacceptable.