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Thomas Calculus 3rd edition vs 9th edition

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Thomas Calculus and Analytic Geometry: How come the 3rd edition has like half the number of pages that the 9th edition has?Is the 9th edition bigger because it uses gloss pages and has a lot more nonsense in it? What has changed in the 3rd vs 9th edition. Does the 3rd edition still cover all the topics the 9th edition does, does it give a good understanding of most of multivariable calculus?It does not necessary have to be those exact editions but I am more concerned with the older editions vs new editoins. I appreciate responses.
 

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The 9th edition is very thorough, for example it was used at MIT and is very similar to the OCW course 18.01SC. I'm talking about the blue one with the lighthouse, that's the one I'd choose.

Sorry, I don't know about the other editions but for example the 9th "alternate edition" gets bad reviews. So there seems to be no guarantee that older ones will be good.
 
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Here is an indication that the first 5 editions will be good though, this from an Amazon review:

I used this book (5th edition) for a University Honors Calculus class that I took as a senior in High School. As a math enthusiast (my dad was a Math Professor), and compared to other math books, I would say that the exposition in this book is very very good. Addison-Wesley (MA) is renowned for publishing simple and complete books on complex technical subjects - nobody does it better! The authors were from MIT (first 4 editions) and U-Illinois (helped with the 5th edition), respectively (the latter is where I took the honor calculus class), and at the time it was being used at both schools.
 
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The 9th edition is very thorough, for example it was used at MIT and is very similar to the OCW course 18.01SC. I'm talking about the blue one with the lighthouse, that's the one I'd choose.

Sorry, I don't know about the other editions but for example the 9th "alternate edition" gets bad reviews. So there seems to be no guarantee that older ones will be good.
Thanks for the information. I think the 9th edition is likely the better choice but I do not like its cover and it looks like it has glossy text. Also it says Finey is a coauthor for the 9th edition; does that mean the 9th edition has a lot more content that is written by Finey or did Finey help with some topics that the book did not cover so well such as limits?
 
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I have always heard that the earlier editions (like the 3rd) are much better than the later.
 
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I have always heard that the earlier editions (like the 3rd) are much better than the later.
Do you know if the 3rd edition comes in 2 volumes? On amazon it shows 2 volumes of the 3rd edition each with about 600-700 pages.
 
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I have no idea, sorry
 
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Do you know if the 3rd edition comes in 2 volumes? On amazon it shows 2 volumes of the 3rd edition each with about 600-700 pages.
Yes, it comes in 2 volumes, I have the 3rd edition at a local library.
 
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micromass said:
I have always heard that the earlier editions (like the 3rd) are much better than the later.
I'm sure that's true but in no way is the standard 9th edition (blue lighthouse) bad. If it was bad, it wouldn't have got the reputation it has got and there would surely not be 12 or 13 editions of Thomas now, the series would have died out.
 
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I sometimes still use the 2nd edition I used in high school back in 1959. Still works.
 
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I learned from the 4th edition, and loaned my old copy to my kids when they took calculus and hated their books. Everyone seemed satisfied.
 
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Which edition of Thomas' Calculus textbook is suitable for MATH GRE? Are Stewart, Apostol (Calculus), Simmons, and Lang good books for MATH GRE, at least in the calculus portion?
 
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2nd edition is definately not good as the figures are in black and white, not color.
 
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bacte2013 said:
I have been using Rudin's PMA, Apostol's MA, and Pugh's RMA, and they are very fantastic books for self-study! I found that Apostol's MA provide both motivation and details that Rudin's PMA does not have, and no spoon-feeding proof exposition.
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I will be going to self-study the vector calculus by using Hubbard/Hubbard as a main text and Serge Lang as a supplement to Hubbard; this will help in my current self-studying of intro. analysis (Rudin's PMA, Apostol's MA, and Pugh) and also prepare me for upcoming vector calculus course (computational aspect) that I will take during the Summer.
bacte2013 said:
Which edition of Thomas' Calculus textbook is suitable for MATH GRE? Are Stewart, Apostol (Calculus), Simmons, and Lang good books for MATH GRE, at least in the calculus portion?
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I wrote this email because I am seeking a recommendation on selecting the pre-calculus textbooks. I have been studying the real analysis and number theory, and I felt that I need to brush up the algebra, functions, trigonometry, and geometry.
There's some mixed messages here. Working backwards like this is good, it usually has the right result: you learn the prerequisite until it bores you, then return to the higher level thing that needs it. This is a bonafide way to learn. I just think if you are not so sure about precalculus, probably Rudin is too advanced or is looking too far ahead.

Are you just an eager book buyer? I'll wait for you to respond. Remember that this is an anonymous forum, nothing said here really matters that much. If you tell me you want a book to learn calculus for the GRE, you'll get it.
 
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Thomas n Finney 9th ed is a mixture of the old thomas and the newer glossies textbook (think of stewart). Both are great books. However, I would take the 3rd ed (the best edition there is/although the 2nd is more rigorous). Both are good books you cannot go wrong.
 
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Dear verty,

I sent the conversation email that addresses the matter you discussed to me.
 
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I had a dream. I was at the library. There was a man reading Thomas Calculus 3rd edition and he went away leaving the book at the desk. I looked through the book and the pages had no gloss to them and the text looked like it was lacking pictures/diagrams. Maybe the 9th edition makes l
 
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Dear verty,

I sent the conversation email that addresses the matter you discussed to me.
I recently finished pre-calculus and I am familiar with the whole course. There are 3 books that I would recommend based off of the table of contents I have seen inside the books.
1. Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus by Stewart
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0840068077/?tag=pfamazon01-20
2. Precalculus by Sullivan
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0321716833/?tag=pfamazon01-20
2. Precalculus by Larson
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0618643443/?tag=pfamazon01-20

I agree precalculus books are fun to read, there are so many applications to pre calculus that you can always learn more when reading them. I may get one of the above books after I finish Calculus 3 this summer or Ordinary differential equations.
 

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