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This general review covers equations, functions, and graphs; limits, derivatives; integrals and antiderivatives; word problems; applications of integrals to geometry; and much more.
Additional features make this volume especially helpful to students working on their own. They include worked-out examples, a summary of the main points of each chapter, exercises, and where needed, background material on algebra, geometry, and reading comprehension. Read more Read less.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. In the introduction the author states that this book can be used by an "intelligent layman" who wants to know what calculus is about or by somebody who had taken calculus years ago and wants a refresher me.
Given this target audience I believe the author achieved his goals. The biggest part of calculus is having a deep understanding on what it is all about. Equations and methods can be memorized or written down. They really won't do you much good if you don't understand when to use them and why. That is were this book comes in. The author explains all of the concepts to some length. In fact, there were times I was tempted to give up and start on the other more traditional calculus book I picked up for review I'm starting it now that I'm done with this.
Even more than that, the author himself on more than one occasion more or less said, "You may already see an easier way of doing things but stick with it to ensure you have the concept ingrained.
The better they understand what is really happening the easier they will take to the more advanced concepts. I'm not saying boring - quite the contrary - I just needed less review than I thought. Thinking of advanced concepts, this book does a pretty good job but since it spends so much time making sure the student understands the material it doesn't have the time or the space to hit some of the concepts you will see in a first year calculus course.
The author even often says "look in your courses calculus book or ask your instructor for more information or a proof, etc. In other words, this is a good review and a great supplement but doesn't substitute for the course materials used in a typical calculus course.
Overall I feel that if you fall into the target audience, that is you are a student who is having problems or somebody who needs a good review, don't hesitate to pick this book up. This is a great book. I wish it had existed when I took my first calculus class more than thirty years ago. Basic algebra skills are required in order to benefit from this book. The author does review algebra as it pops up in the course of the book, but if your algebra is lousy as opposed to rusty , you should work on your algebra and then get this book.
This book is perfect for someone who has never studied calculus but has always been intrigued by it. The author's style is that of a tutor with incredible patience. The interested reader will probably come away from the book with a better understanding of the concepts of calculus than most students finishing their first semester of calculus at a college or university.
This book is also perfect for someone who will be taking a calculus course, and who has the self-motivation to read, think, and work the exercises before taking the class. I see an A in that person's future. It's also a great book for someone like me who studied calculus a while ago, enjoyed it very much, and wishes to revisit the beauty of calculus: the conceptual basis of the derivative and the integral.
I don't think you can find a better, clearer, and more patient explanation of these concepts than in this book. Last, there is the student who is currently taking calculus and is, in the author's own words from his Introduction, "not doing so well at it.
I would suggest that this student: 1 drop the class, 2 buy this book and, on winter recess or summer break, read it and work through it carefully, and 3 take the class again next semester and get an A. Dropping the class is not an option? Cut to plan B: 1 buy this book and 2 focus on the problem-solving strategies and extremely detailed problems that are worked out step-by-step throughout this book. If anything is going to help you out of "that sorry state" you've found yourself in, this book is it.
Again, it's a great book. The book's focus is basic Calculus explained slowly and in detail for people who have been away from math for a while and want to know where everything comes from instead of pie in the sky big ideas.
The main focus is on the mechanics of calculations and Calculus instead of theorems. I love the fact that is not definitions and theorem crazy like other books where there is one on each page followed with some silly example.
Instead, this book goes over the mechanics of what is what first, where it comes from, and the basic logic of why is that way, and then ties that process to the theorem itself without much fuss. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Calculus by Elliot Gootman
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This general review covers equations, functions, and graphs; limits, derivatives; integrals and antiderivatives; word problems; applications of integrals to geometry; and much more. Additional features make this volume especially helpful to students working on their own. They include worked-out examples, a summary of the main points of each chapter, exercises, and where needed, background material on algebra, geometry, and reading comprehension. Read more Read less. Amazon International Store International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions.