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Key Concept: The Derivative.
Short-Cuts to Differentiation.
Using the Derivative.
Key Concept: The Definite Integral.
Using the Definite Integral.
Functions of Several Variables.
A Fundamental Tool: Vectors.
Differentiating Functions of Several Variables.
Optimization: Local and Global Extrema.
Integrating Functions of Several Variables.
Parameterization and Vector Fields.
Calculus of Vector Fields.
Appendix A: Roots, Accuracy, and Bounds.
Appendix B: Polar Coordinates.
Appendix C: Complex Numbers.
Appendix D: Newton's Method.
Appendix E: Determinants.
Answers to Odd Numbered Problems.
Posted April 27, 2005
I don't think I have ever hated a book this much, and I have taken my fair share of boring, dull, redundant classes in my life, but this book tops them all for how horrible and useless a book can be. I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially if you are trying to teach yourself it, the book contradicts itself, is repetitive, and has mistakes, along with being generally unclear and for lack of a better word, boring. And I'm a math major, so it¿s not like I hate math, I'll be doing it for a living, I just hate the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2003
Having worked with the second edition, Hughes and friends have taken a turn for the worse. This book takes challenging concepts and fails to provide adequate guidence to solve 'problems.' Many assumptions have to be made and the graphics are poor for a modern book. The text fails to connect with students and never connects concepts. Overall the text is OK for single variable calculus, but terrible for multivariable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however, I only used the multivariable section. While the problems are quite difficult, I felt that things were explained quite well. Perhaps the problem was not having an adequate teacher to guide you or adequate motivation; upper-level math is not easy, and many of the topics are not easily learned without great amounts of practice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2002
This book does not teach Calculus. It presents very complex and intricate problems that could have applications in real life, but does not make any attempt to reinforce or provide enough background for the student to solve these excercises and problems. The complexity of the excercises is tremendous and even the presentation of the material lacks much character: vague examples, shortened and unconcise theory. For anyone attending a school that requires this text book I would recommend Single Variable Calculus by E. Larson, Roland.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.