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Calculus For Dummies

Learn to:

• Master differentiation and integration
• Use the calculus microscope: limits
• Analyze common functions
• Score your highest in Calculus

Slay the calculus monster with this user-friendly guide

This hands-on, friendly guide makes calculus manageable—even if it makes you sweat! It

Overview

Learn to:

• Master differentiation and integration
• Use the calculus microscope: limits
• Analyze common functions
• Score your highest in Calculus

Slay the calculus monster with this user-friendly guide

This hands-on, friendly guide makes calculus manageable—even if it makes you sweat! It leads you step-by-step through each concept, operation, and solution, explaining the "how" and "why" in plain English. Through detailed instruction and practical examples, you'll soon learn that real-life calculus isn't nearly the monster it's made out to be!

• A quick overview of calculus — get an easy-to-follow introduction to calculus and make sense of the two big ideas of the subject: differentiation and integration
• Power through the prerequisites — warm up to calculus with reviews of pre-algebra and algebra, geometry, functions and their graphs, and trigonometry
• The sky's the limit — find the lowdown on limits and continuity and take a stab at evaluating limits
• Go off on a tangent — discover the deal with differentiation orientation, differentiation rules, differentiation and the shape of curves, and differentiation problems
• To infinity and back — get a handle on integration and infinite series, from using the integral to solve problems to taming the infinite with improper integrals

Open the book and find:

• Easily digestible explanations of key calculus concepts
• The rules, definitions, and formulas you need to know
• Clever shortcuts and real-world examples
• Why calculus works
• The logic underlying the calculus ideas
• How to use differentiation to solve problems
• Integration techniques and how to approximate area
• Ten calculus tips to remember

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118791295
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/30/2014
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
150,104
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Ryan is the founder and owner of The Math Center, a math and test prep tutoring center in Winnetka, Illinois. He is the author of Calculus Workbook For Dummies, Calculus Essentials For Dummies, and three books on geometry in the For Dummies series. Ryan has taught junior high and high school math since 1989. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Calculus for Dummies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
 Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm currently in Algerba 1 and I'm also in the lowest math class at school. I have an interest for calculus and I started to read this book. I was surprised at how easily I understood this book. The author presents calculus with an easy mindset instead of a difficult one which greatly helps the reader to come at it at an easy approach. I would highly recommend this to ANYONE.
 Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you wonder: Why study calculus? What's it good for? What's the bottom line of all this mumbo-jumbo? then this book's for you. Offering excellent bird's-eye views of key calculus concepts, Mr. Ryan then develops them in a clear, easy-to-understand manner that will give you one "Eureka!" moment after another. I recommend this book as an overview for the curious, a review for the rusty, or as introductory material prior to tackling Calculus I. It includes an excellent summary of the highlights of pre-calculus material for review. For more hands-on exercises, "Calculus Workbook for Dummies" is an excellent companion volume.
 Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much I could marry it. I am sending this guy a gift basket when I graduate. Every Calc student should buy this. My comments aren't hyperbole. I now understand calculus. It is easy, quick reading. There are no negatives to say.
 Guest More than 1 year ago
I could always DO calculus, but I never really 'understood' it. The explanations in this book worked, where the many textbooks I have used failed. Hats off to the author for a most excellent approach to simplifying the 'whats and whys' of a challenging and confusing subject.
 Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought that I could master anything higher than Algebra. Well, I did. Caluculus is for dummies after all. I love this book and will pass the good news on to fellow students. Thanks, C.B.
 Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm taking a Calculus II course, and I was recently struggling with it. I bought this book because a friend of mine who already took the course said it helped them. They were right. It helps. Not as much as I would've liked, but the book definitely does help. It focuses more on Calc I stuff though.
 RBLackmore More than 1 year ago
After recently finishing a Master's in Evolutionary Ecology, I decided to pursue higher mathematics and engineering to contribute to the growing field of ecological engineering. I haven't taken Calculus in four years, and my first course is Multivariate Analysis. I grabbed Calculus for Dummies to brush up. I was extremely surprised by the text's approach. It provided a simplified conceptual overview, but left with me many relevant ways to view calculus in a simplified manner. This book will help remove the FEAR of taking a calculus course!
 Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been using 'Calculus for Dummies' to review my Calc I and Calc II basics. I am surprised and pleased with how well Ryan's descriptions and explanations have allowed me to better understand the underlying principles in Calculus. If you are serious about groundwork and maintenance of your mathematical education, you know that it is frequently beneficial to return to the basics for those fundamental concepts which can occasionally grow fuzzy with time. If you can find a text that treats the material in a new and entertaining way, the review can be enjoyable as well as instructive. I highly recommend Ryan's book. He limits complexity (and warns you when he is doing that) to keep the material accessible. For the ultra rigorous analysis, there are many college texts available. But if you are new to Calculus, or looking for a different and refreshing approach to the basics, you will find 'Calculus for Dummies' a wise investment. If you are taking Calculus in school and are having some problems understanding the material (and who hasn¿t?), this book will help you 'decode' some of the more difficult concepts. I am sure that it is destined to become a valuable catalyst text on many a struggling math student's desktop.
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 Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great entry-level book to calculus. I originally bought it to help out with my AP Calculus course in high school, but never read it ¿ had I, I might not have had to retake basic calculus (limits through antiderivatives) again in college. This is a great book that makes the fundamentals of first year calculus really stick. It is NOT a universal calculus panacea and several times Ryan notes that a particular topic is outside the scope of the book ¿ this does not mean it won't be on your test. This book - is- lacking with regards to the complexity of the examples given ¿ any calculus courses taken as a preparation for a math-based science (such as chemistry, engineering, or physics) -will- be harder, but with this book, you'll be able to concentrate on the methods and higher applications, rather than bogging yourself down trying to understand the more basic material.
 Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, it's been a long time since I've been in a math class, and to say that I am rusty is a gross understatement. So it was with great relief that I discovered that not only can I follow this book, I actually enjoyed it. I even laughed out loud a few times. Mark's humor made all the difference, and when the going got a little tough, the lively writing kept me engaged. Mark's experience as a teacher is evident throughout-- he knows where the pitfalls are and addresses them before the reader trips. I would describe myself as a slightly above-average math student, and calculus was not an intuitively easy topic for me. There were parts of the book that I had to read several times and then digest. Fortunately, I was being taught by a great teacher. I could well imagine learning calculus from a lessor instructor and getting totally lost. Soon my daughter will be taking calculus in school, and I'm going to make sure that she reads this book. Congratulations Mark on writing the definitive book for 'dummies,' scholars and everyone in between.
 Guest More than 1 year ago
Good choice to help understand calculus
 Guest More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job of making a complex topic accessible to people (like me) that are equipped only with good basic math skills. He walks you through all of the greek symbols and translates them into plain english. Importantly, the material is not dumbed down, it is just presented in a way that is far more understandable than most text books.
 Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book for calc 1 and 2 during college. It greatly helped my scores! It provides plain explanations and easy step-by-step walkthroughs.
 Guest More than 1 year ago
Ryan uses everyday language and tons of the most common examples to help you learn. He also makes it as fun as it can be with jokes and everyday applications. To top it off, he covers every topic that you need to know for an introduction, and also where the ideas came from. Great book, you won't need anything else.