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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus

  1. Apr 2, 2003 #1
    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus

    INTRODUCTION
    I've never really been very good at math and when I found out I had to take a Calculus class I started to panic. Once I gathered myself I went to the local bookstore to see if I could get a book to read so i could get a heads start. We are all familiar with the dummies and idiot books I think. This one caught my eye and I decided to buy it

    AUDIENCE
    This book is for anyone looking for a first glance at Calculus.

    SCOPE
    Covers every major topic from Limits to Special Series.

    PROS
    The author is fantastic at making the math fun. It's not like reading a textbook at all. He throws in some history, fun quotes and applies concepts into real world applications.

    Although the book goes through the very basics, I felt I knew enough after reading to take my course head on. There are many examples for each concept and the author includes some check point exercises and quizes.

    It's a short read at 300 pages, something you could pick up and finish in a week if your curious about what Calculus is all about.

    CONS
    As I said the book goes through the very basics and that could be bad for some people who want to know topics in depth. Otherwise I can't really see anything wrong with this book.

    CONCLUSION

    Find it on amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...002-6949985-7539234?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

    It's paperback, very light and I got it for about $20.

    Rating: 5/5
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2003
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