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What is the meaning of transcendentals for calc books?

  1. Oct 18, 2012 #1
    I see these calculus books, some titled 'early transcendentals' some 'late transcendentals'. What does this mean? What is the difference?
     
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  3. Oct 18, 2012 #2

    micromass

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    It means that book is bad. Just get a copy of Lang or Spivak's calculus.

    Seriously (or not): it means that functions such as [itex]e^x[/itex] are introduced later or earlier in the book.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2012 #3
    wow. I've seen this book by Lang recommended before. I'm in Calculus I currently, and my school is using Larson's Calculus for Calc I,II, and III, which I will be taking all of. Would you recommend either of Lang or Spivak as supplemental reading or that I just stick to the prescribed course book? I do enjoy having multiple sources of literature to gain more perspective on sometimes. Thoughts?
     
  5. Oct 18, 2012 #4

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    Confusing and plain bad terminology, indeed. There's only one type of transcendentals = numerical values in the images of transcendental functions, such as sin x.
     
  6. Oct 18, 2012 #5
    Another thing that interests me is, most 'older' texts seem to present the integral before the derivative, while some books present the limit->derivative->integrals, is there any reasoning behind the order of presentation, or are they completely interchangeable and authors preference?
     
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  7. Oct 22, 2012 #6
    Ahahaha and I was thinking of a clever way to answer this question! :D

    Well said! :D

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