Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals / Edition 6

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This best-selling text differs from Calculus, 4/e in that the exponential and logarithmic functions are covered earlier. These functions are introduced in the first chapter and their limits and derivatives are found in Chapters 2 and 3 at the same time as polynomials and the other elementary functions.
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Editorial Reviews

In the new edition of this introductory text, Stewart (McMaster U.) presents all topics geometrically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally, for better conceptual understanding by students. Topics include functions and models; derivatives; differential equations; and infinite sequences and series. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495011699
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Series: Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign Series
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 510,910
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

The late James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Stewart was most recently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field was harmonic analysis. Stewart was the author of a best-selling calculus textbook series published by Cengage Learning, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts.

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Table of Contents

1. Functions and Models. 2. Limits and Derivatives. 3. Differentiation Rules. 4. Applications of Differentiation. 5. Integrals. 6. Applications of Integration. 7. Techniques of Integration. 8. Further Applications of Integration. 9. Differential Equations. 10. Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates. 11. Infinite Sequences and Series. Appendixes. Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    Not a great text for understanding the basic concepts...

    My instructor uses this textbook, so I had to read it. I wasn't new to calculus when I started reading this Text, but it really confused me out of my wits. No ways anyone can understand the basic concepts of calculus using this book. It is terrible. I'm so much used to self-teaching, so this book really frustrated me. It states that something is done in a certain way, but does not explain why it is put in that manner. The questions at the end of each section are hard to solve, because there aren't any examples in the section to support the questions. It makes calculus appear awfully absurd and baseless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Definitely not for beginners! Absolutely not for self-teaching!

    This book may be good for people that already studied calculus and need to retake a course, but as a learning source (especially for a beginner) it's terrible. Every section has its textual reading to explain the concepts and formulas to be covered in that section, but the sample problems and their solutions make no sense because they are just solved for you. The author doesn't do a thorough job of explaining why that X goes there or why this Y gets multiplied by D over X as H approaches zero! The solutions are just worked out and you have to look at some cryptic mess of formulas and variables and try to see what was done for each step of the solution because it's not explained in plain English. And if that wasn't bad enough, the actual assignment exercises at the end of each section can't be easily 'paired' up to the sample solutions from the textual reading so you have to put more work into trying to solve those. Just so frustrating. This was a required text book for college and I can honestly say I've never spent so much time trying to understand the concepts and examples presented in a math book and felt so discouraged because after four chapters I have nothing to show for it. Calculus is still a mystery to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

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    Calculus is not a subject learned by reading. You must do the problems and dedicate the time. This text provides straight forward examples and approaches (at least as straight forward as is humanly possible) for learning calculus. However, to succeed you must do the problems at the end of each chapter. Consider buying the solution manual for odd problems. Also, search the internet for solutions to the problems. Many sites available.., e.g., In the end, your knowledge will be determined by the time you put in doing the problems.

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