Forgotten Calculus: A Refresher Course with Applications to Economics and Business and the Optional Use of the Graphing Calculatorby Barbara Lee Bleau, Ph.D.
Updated and expanded to include the optional use of graphing calculators, this combination textbook and workbook is a good teach-yourself refresher course for men and women who took a calculus course in school, have since forgotten most of what they learned, and now need some practical calculus for business purposes or advanced education. The book is also very
Updated and expanded to include the optional use of graphing calculators, this combination textbook and workbook is a good teach-yourself refresher course for men and women who took a calculus course in school, have since forgotten most of what they learned, and now need some practical calculus for business purposes or advanced education. The book is also very useful as a supplementary text for students who are taking calculus and finding it a struggle. Each progressive work unit offers clear instruction and worked-out examples. Special emphasis has been placed on business and economic applications. Topics covered include functions and their graphs, derivatives, optimization problems, exponential and logarithmic functions, integration, and partial derivatives.
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Never having taken Calculus before, I needed a book to prep me for a graduate Econometrics course where we would be utilizing calculus tools, but it would not be necessary for me to understand underlying calculus proofs. This was a very clearly written introduction to using calculus concepts. While it did not cover every concept I needed, it put me on an equal footing (in fact, a somewhat better footing) than people who had taken calculus before but hadn't recently reviewed the concepts. Yes, there are several errors in the key. I don't know that everyone would be able to figure this out. I was fortunate that when the answers didn't make sense, I had a friend who was good at calculus who could confirm that I was correct that the answer was flawed. It would be nice to see them fix these errors. As far as the specific concepts go, the book does a very nice job of developing derivatives and partial derivatives. It's a little light on integral calculus, introducing it very late in the book with minimal drilling (unlike derivatives, which take up most of the book). I'd say it's excellent as a refresher or as a basic introduction. Additionally, I like its focus on practical business applications. However, if you need a deeper understanding of calculus or more robust tools, this is only a starting point and you will need to look further when you're done.
This author has some good approach to delivery of material but is negated by the atrocious errors on the problems. She obviously did not proof read the book for errors