Calculus DeMYSTiFieD

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Calculate this: learning CALCULUS just got a whole lot easier!

Stumped trying to understand calculus? Calculus Demystified, Second Edition, will help you master this essential mathematical subject.

Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide begins by covering the basics—number systems, coordinates, sets, and functions. You'll move on to limits, derivatives, integrals, and indeterminate forms. Transcendental functions, methods of ...

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Overview

Calculate this: learning CALCULUS just got a whole lot easier!

Stumped trying to understand calculus? Calculus Demystified, Second Edition, will help you master this essential mathematical subject.

Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide begins by covering the basics—number systems, coordinates, sets, and functions. You'll move on to limits, derivatives, integrals, and indeterminate forms. Transcendental functions, methods of integration, and applications of the integral are also covered. Clear examples, concise explanations, and worked problems make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key concepts.

It's a no-brainer! You'll get:

  • Applications of the derivative and the integral
  • Rules of integration
  • Coverage of improper integrals
  • An explanation of calculus with logarithmic and exponential functions
  • Details on calculation of work, averages, arc length, and surface area

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Calculus Demystified, Second Edition, is one book you won't want to function without!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071743631
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 297,672
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 11.72 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven G. Krantz is Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Washington University in St. Louis. An award-winning teacher and author, Dr. Krantz has written more than 30 books on mathematics, including Calculus DeMYSTiFieD, and Differential Equations DeMYSTiFieD. He is the former Deputy Director at the American Institute of Mathematics.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Basics; Chapter 2. Foundations of Calculus; Chapter 3. Applications of the Derivative; Chapter 4. The Integral; Chapter 5. Indeterminate Forms; Chapter 6. Transcendental Functions; Chapter 7. Methods of Integration; Chapter 8. Applications of the Integral; Final Exam; Answers to Quizzes and Final Exam; Bibliography; Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    Calculus Extra-Mystified

    Calculus Demystified is not like the other math books in the Demystified series. It's much more opaque, and isn't particularly suited for filling in the gaps. The book skims over a huge chunk of derivatives in a single chapter. There are no answers to the 'you try this' exercises, which are mystifyingly complex, so (unlike Algebra Demystified, for example) you don't know if you've got it right or not. The exercises in chapter 2 assume you've read chapter 5 (!) and learned 'non-trivial' (the author's words) facts about limits. Even Finney/Thomas doesn't expect you to have mastered material from later in the book to do the exercises. Calculus Demystified would not be all that suitable for people taking calculus the first time (home school, AP, college, etc), but might be OK for people who already know it who need to review (although you'd have to remember calculus fairly well to hold your own). Wasn't this book 'beta tested' by first-time calculus students?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    This book is dangerous

    I bought this book because I am interested in tutoring high school and college calculus and wanted to evaluate it as a teaching aid. After working through the first chapter (basics) I am very disappointed with it for a number of reasons. The worst of these is that the answers provided for the practice questions are frequently incorrect. In particular, the majority of problems dealing with graphing of functions are completely wrong. For a student attempting to learn or review the subject this could be especially frustrating, as they might spend a lot of time trying to understand a problem based on incorrect information. Other problems include: 1. The author occasionally uses a concept before he has defined it or explained it,2. the author provides example problems labeled "You try it" throughout the chapter that are frequently much more difficult than the examples that are explained but no answers to these problems are provided,and 3. the sections labeled "Still puzzled?" might be expected to provide additional insight on the earlier material but usually contain substantially new information.

    Although for some advanced student of math this book might provide a useful review of the material, for anyone who finds math mystifying, this book should be avoided.

    I only gave this book one star because the web site wouldn't accept a review with 0 stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Not so demystified

    Would have been better to use money to get sparknotes. Purchased book to help with Calculus studies. Got through the basics easily, but the REAL calculus wasn't so easy. This book lacked detailed examples for beginners or intermediates. The audience of this book was more for teachers and advanced mathmaticians. This book also lacks practice problems to help you use the material.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    informative

    I'd recommend this book to anybody who needs to catch up on their calculus skills. Not the best choice for beginners. Great for references.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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