I hate that other students in better colleges are taking the same courses as me, yet they have a superior book. For instance, my school requires Stewart for the Calculus series and I am sure other schools are using a more rigorous book. The academia should be about nurturing a students intellectual curiosity, and to stimulate the students critical thinking skills. Why the hell does Stewart Calculus book have exercises with trigonometric components but does not give atleast one trigonometric example of such problem? I am afraid by the time I transfer to a university I will not be prepared as the other students who took math classes in the better colleges. I have multiple calculus books( Spivak, Apostol, Swokoski, Thomas). These books can be found extremely cheaper then the 7th edition of Stewart's Calculus. The example in these other books are more coherent and gives readers a sense of intuition when tackling the sea of mathematics. When I opened Thomas Calculus I was extremely enraged. Not because the book is atrocious, but rather the breadth of topics it covers and it's better explanations. Examples of trigonometric problems involving limits are explained. Aswell as a harder set of exercises. I know I am not alone in this. Any PF members feel the same about the educational paradigm? Would you guys say thomas calculus is better then Stewarts?