# What is a good book to review basic calculus?

Eclair_de_XII
I want a book that isn't too wordy, explains things concisely, and covers single-variable and multi-variable calculus. I regret that I forgot so much of the stuff I learned in Calculus III and IV (especially the important theorems I learned but forgot in the latter), and now I want to review it over again. If anyone is able to help me with this, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Shortcuts will not do. Any typical undergraduate Calculus textbook can hold instruction for at least the first year's-worth of Calculus. You can find these at most public libraries, especially or also college libraries and some used-book sources. Check the tables of contents and compare with what you also expect to be in Calculus III and IV.

Zexuo

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I have always liked the Schaum's Outline series. They have a lot of worked examples and exercises. Look for a calculus one that fits your needs.

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I don't know, whether there's an English translation of the great intro-calculus books by Richard Courant, but if so, I'd recommend them strongly!

MidgetDwarf
I want a book that isn't too wordy, explains things concisely, and covers single-variable and multi-variable calculus. I regret that I forgot so much of the stuff I learned in Calculus III and IV (especially the important theorems I learned but forgot in the latter), and now I want to review it over again. If anyone is able to help me with this, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Since you are a mathematics major. Maybe review the Real Analysis book used in Intro Analysis Course or a better book. What do you want to use Calculus for?

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there are three concepts in one variable calculus, continuity, differentiability, and integrability. Then there are several basic theorems: intermediate value theorem (basic property of continuity), existence of maxima and minima of continuous functions on closed bounded intervals, and mean value theorem. the key theorem relating these concepts is the fundamental theorem of calculus, showing how to compute integrals by anti differentiation. There is also the inverse function theorem, largely a corollary of the intermediate value theorem.

In several variable calculus the same three concepts occur. Basic theorems are the inverse function theorem, the fubini theorem (reducing an integral of several variables down to a sequence of one variable integrals), and the stokes theorem, (generalizing the fundamental theorem of calculus).

Other common topics include summability of infinite series, and solvability of simple differential equations, especially linear ones with constant coefficients. Then there are applications of these ideas to computing volumes, and physical concepts like work. One good book is an old version of the book of George B. Thomas, formerly available used for a couple of dollars. Omiword, those old books are now hundreds of dollars. It seems to be understood that the newer books with names like Finney, Haas, Weir, Giordano, on them are greatly inferior. But maybe the alternate 9th edition with just Finney on it is ok.