How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide

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Written by three gifted—and funny—teachers, How to Ace Calculus provides humorous and readable explanations of the key topics of calculus without the technical details and fine print that would be found in a more formal text. Capturing the tone of students exchanging ideas among themselves, this unique guide also explains how calculus is taught, how to get the best teachers, what to study, and what is likely to be on exams—all the tricks of the trade that will make learning the material of first-semester calculus...

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Overview

Written by three gifted—and funny—teachers, How to Ace Calculus provides humorous and readable explanations of the key topics of calculus without the technical details and fine print that would be found in a more formal text. Capturing the tone of students exchanging ideas among themselves, this unique guide also explains how calculus is taught, how to get the best teachers, what to study, and what is likely to be on exams—all the tricks of the trade that will make learning the material of first-semester calculus a piece of cake. Funny, irreverent, and flexible, How to Ace Calculus shows why learning calculus can be not only a mind-expanding experience but also fantastic fun.

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"Imagine calculus is a solid old house built on good foundations. When the time comes to sell it to a new owner, a lick of brightly colored, cheery paint can do wonders. This is what Adams, Hass, and Thompson have done in How to Ace Calculus."—Keith Devlin, Dean, School of Science, St. Mary's College (CA), Senior Researcher, Stanford University, and author of The Language of Mathematics

"This is a marvelous, user-friendly introduction to the basic ideas of calculus. It is effective, humorous and eminently practical. The book that 100,000 calculus students have been searching for is finally here."—Ron Graham, Chief Scientist, AT&T Labs, former President of the American Mathematical Society, and author of Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation of Computer Science

"Can a calculus book be lighthearted and engaging? Surprisingly, yes, and here is one that does the job."—Thomas Banchoff, Professor of Mathematics, Brown University, President-Elect of the Mathematics Association of America, and author of Beyond the Third Dimension

"This book is dangerously clear, direct, and funny. It should be suppressed before it jeopardizes the time-tested function of the calculus sequence to befuddle and filter surplus students."—William Thurston, Professor of Mathematics, University of California at Davis, Fields Medalist, and former Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

"Comic opera meets college math in this amusing and edifying roller coaster of an introduction to calculus."—Ivars Peterson, author of The Mathematical Tourist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716731603
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 192,825
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Adams is Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He is the author of The Knot Book and winner of the Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Teaching Award for 1998. Joel Hass is Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis, and Abigail Thompson is also Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis. Both have held fellowships from the Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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Table of Contents

1. Polar Coordinates
a. Introduction
b. Areas in polar coordinates

2.Infinite Series
a. Sequences
b. Series
c. Tests for convergence
d. Taylor Series and Power Series

3.Vectors in Space
a. Vectors in the plane
b. Vectors in Space
c. Dot product
d. Cross product
e. Lines and Planes in Space

4. Curves and Surfaces
a. Parametric curves and motion
b. Graphing equations and functions
c. Cylinders and quadric surfaces
d. Cylindrical and spherical coordinates

5. Partial Differentiation
a. Limits
b. Partial derivatives
c. Max-min problems
d. Chain Rule
e. Directional derivatives and gradient
f. Lagrange multipliers
g. Second derivative test for functions of two variables

6. Multiple Integrals
a. Double integrals
b. Areas and volumes
c. Double integrals in polar coordinates
d. Applications
e. Triple integrals
f. Integrals in cylindrical and spherical coordinates
g. Surface area

7. Vector Calculus
a. Vector fields
b. Line integrals
c. Green's theorem
d. Surface Integrals
e. Divergence Theorem
f. Stokes Theorem

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Wow Calculus is Easy

    You will not believe how easy Calculus is after reading this book. It explains it so simply, even a 8th grader will understand. However you can not replace this book with your textbook. This book will explain how calculus works so you understand the idea behind what you are learning. For 16$ this book is excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Very helpful

    I bought this book for my son for a college calc class and he said it was a great help. In fact, I'm on my way to get the next book in the series because he is taking Calc II and requested I get the that book before he leaves for school tomorrow. Highly recommended...it speaks in language anyone can understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    great book!!

    Wonderful book. I was able to read it for the humor, which in turn had me prepared for the lectures ahead of time. Because they use English to describe the topics, the math books make that much more sense when you read them second. Definetly a must buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    Definitely an ace!

    This book was recommended by a friend who survived first semester calculus using it as a study guide. I bought my own copy after a week of using his. It was definitely more useful than the textbook. And a bargain when compared to the textbook price! Most importantly: These guys know how to make calculus FUN! (Well, at least I didn't fall asleep when I read THEIR book).

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