Calculus for Dummies (Paperback)

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The mere thought of having to take a required calculus course is enough to make legions of students break out in a cold sweat. Others who have no intention of ever studying the subject have this notion that calculus is impossibly difficult unless you h...

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Mark Ryan has taught pre-math through calculus for more than a decade. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The mere thought of having to take a required calculus course is enough to make legions of students break out in a cold sweat. Others who have no intention of ever studying the subject have this notion that calculus is impossibly difficult unless you happen to be a direct descendant of Einstein.

Well, the good news is that you can master calculus. It's not nearly as tough as its mystique would lead you to think. Much of calculus is really just very advanced algebra, geometry, and trig. It builds upon and is a logical extension of those subjects. If you can do algebra, geometry, and trig, you can do calculus.

Calculus For Dummies is intended for three groups of readers:

  • Students taking their first calculus course – If you're enrolled in a calculus course and you find your textbook less than crystal clear, this is the book for you. It covers the most important topics in the first year of calculus: differentiation, integration, and infinite series.
  • Students who need to brush up on their calculus to prepare for other studies – If you've had elementary calculus, but it's been a couple of years and you want to review the concepts to prepare for, say, some graduate program, Calculus For Dummies will give you a thorough, no-nonsense refresher course.
  • Adults of all ages who'd like a good introduction to the subject – Non-student readers will find the book's exposition clear and accessible. Calculus For Dummies takes calculus out of the ivory tower and brings it down to earth.

This is a user-friendly math book. Whenever possible, the author explains the calculus concepts by showing you connections between the calculus ideas and easier ideas from algebra and geometry. Then, you'll see how the calculus concepts work in concrete examples. All explanations are in plain English, not math-speak. Calculus For Dummies covers the following topics and more:

  • Real-world examp...

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ISBN 9780764524981
Genre MATHEMATICS / Calculus
Format Paperback
Pages 364
Publisher Date 2003-09-09 00:00:00.0
Publisher For Dummies
Copyright Year 20030601
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 7.25 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.25 lb
Language English
Series Name For Dummies (Math & Science)
Audience General/trade
Authors Ryan, Mark

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  • A great supplement for a class

    Most of the time, the thing that really helps you to learn something is a great teacher. When you have a teacher that is, for whatever reason, not able to impart the concepts to you in a way that makes sense you can get frustrated. I like this book because it's written by a funny, great teacher who can be a substitute for a less than dynamic teacher. The examples are good, the language is humorous and memorable. It breaks down concepts in a way that's easy to digest. It's not a replacement for a calculus textbook (it doesn't intend to be), but it is well constructed. The only thing it doesn't have are example problems for you to work out, like a textbook does.

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