Understanding the Different Versions of Thomas Calculus 12th Ed. Textbooks

In summary, there are several versions of the 12th edition Thomas Calculus textbook, including a normal version, single variable version, multivariable version, early transcendentals version, and early transcendentals single variable version. These versions differ in terms of the order in which topics are presented. There is also a chapter on 2nd order differential equations available online. Additionally, there is a series titled "University Calculus" where Thomas is listed as a co-author. The early transcendentals version presents the topics in a different order from the normal version, but the content is mostly the same.
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I'm sure everyone doing some level of calculus or physics here is familiar with the Thomas Calculus Textbooks Series. Anyways, I've been really confused when searching for these textbooks, because there are so many different versions. Can anyone list and explain each version of the 12th edition Thomas Calculus textbook that they are familiar with.

I think there's (Normal Version, Early Transcendentals, Single Variable, Multi-variable, and combinations of the previous one's with or without 1st or 2nd order differential equations).

I may be missing some, but can someone please clarify the differences between each as well as list the specific books. Thanks. :biggrin:
 
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You can go to Pearson's website http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/discipline/Mathematics/91000051.page" [Broken], click on "Calculus" on the left side, and find all of the versions available.

- Normal version
- Single Variable: Chapters 1-11 of the normal version
- Multivariable: Chapters 11-16 of the normal version
- Early Transcendentals: alternate version where some topics are presented in a different order
- Early Transcendentals, Single Variable: Chapters 1-11 of the early transcendentals version

I don't think the 12th editions include the chapter on 2nd order DiffEq - that chapter is available online, according to Pearson.

There is also a series titled "University Calculus," where Thomas is listed as a co-author. I explained the different versions in a https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=3491368&postcount=2".
 
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Thanks, eumyang. :smile:

You know how Early Transcendentals is a whole full version which presents the topics in an order different from the Normal Full book, is there anything contained in the Early Transcendentals book that's not in the original (or do they only differ solely in the presentation of topics?).
 

1. What are the main differences between the 12th edition and previous editions of Thomas Calculus textbooks?

The 12th edition of Thomas Calculus textbooks includes updated content and examples, as well as revised exercises and practice problems. It also includes new chapters on multivariable calculus and vector calculus.

2. Are the concepts and topics covered in the 12th edition the same as previous editions?

Yes, the core concepts and topics covered in the 12th edition are the same as previous editions. However, the order and organization of the material may vary slightly.

3. How can I access the online resources that come with the 12th edition of Thomas Calculus?

The 12th edition includes access to an online platform with additional resources such as interactive quizzes, practice problems, and video tutorials. You can access these resources by using the unique code that comes with the textbook.

4. Can I use the 12th edition for self-study or do I need a teacher's guidance?

The 12th edition can be used for self-study, but having a teacher's guidance can be helpful for better understanding and applying the concepts. The textbook includes detailed explanations and examples, making it suitable for self-study.

5. Are there any major changes in the way the material is presented in the 12th edition compared to previous editions?

The 12th edition follows a similar approach to previous editions, with a focus on conceptual understanding and problem-solving. However, there may be minor changes in the presentation of the material to make it more accessible and engaging for students.

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