Douglas Downing earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale, and has taught economics at Seattle Pacific University since 1983. Calculus the Easy Way is part of a trilogy with Algebra the Easy Way and Trigonometry the Easy Way, all written be Douglas Downing and available from Barron's.
Calculus the Easy Wayby Douglas Downing Ph.D.
This ingenious, user-friendly introduction to calculus recounts adventures that take place in the mythical land of Carmorra. As the story's narrator meets Carmorra's citizens, they confront a series of practical problems, and their method of working out solutions employs calculus. As readers follow their adventures, they are introduced to calculating derivatives;
This ingenious, user-friendly introduction to calculus recounts adventures that take place in the mythical land of Carmorra. As the story's narrator meets Carmorra's citizens, they confront a series of practical problems, and their method of working out solutions employs calculus. As readers follow their adventures, they are introduced to calculating derivatives; finding maximum and minimum points with derivatives; determining derivatives of trigonometric functions; discovering and using integrals; working with logarithms, exponential functions, vectors, and Taylor series; using differential equations; and much more. This introduction to calculus presents exercises at the end of each chapter and gives their answers at the back of the book. Step-by-step worksheets with answers are included in the chapters. Computers are used for numerical integration and other tasks. The book also includes graphs, charts, and whimsical line illustrations. Barron's Easy Way books introduce a variety of academic and practical subjects to students and general readers in clear, understandable language. Ideal as self-teaching manuals for readers interested in learning a new career-related skill, these books have also found widespread classroom use as supplementary texts and brush-up test-preparation guides. Subject heads and key phrases that need to be learned are set in a second color.
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I found this book to be boring since it centralized around a fantasy world. If I want a Novel I would have bought one instead. I wanted to review my calculus but found out this book is just too much of a pain to read. Plus a lot of the problems were too hard to understand and required knowledge of physics. Point blank, I'm not looking to reading a novel and definitely not solving physics problems. I wouldn't even say that this book is the easy way to learn Calculus more like an easy way to become confused.
I have been working through this book to refresh my skills, and have repeatedly been baffled by the exercises. I thought I was just not getting it, but began to see they were difficult. They frequently involve advanced physics equations - if you knew phyics that well, you probably wouldn't need a book called 'the easy way' (!) Exercises are not for practice, and frequently involve formula derivations and proofs, as well as doing things that are not explained in the text itself. This book is not extra practice and clearer explanations of a traditional calculus text, which is how it is portrayed on the cover. Students who want an easy introduction to calculus to supplement a class or other text will probably not find it here.
The book is more of a fantasy novel then a math book. The story is long, boring, pointless, and provides very little help with calculus problems. The text doesn't match up at all with the quizzes at the end of the chapters. Word to the wise: Do not buy this book.