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Calculus and Analytic Geometry (9th Edition) 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0201531749
ISBN-10: 0201531747
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 9 edition (August 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201531747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201531749
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Thomas/Finney 9th edition covers all of the essential aspects of calculus, with an adequate amount of rigor as to not to confuse the freshman audience it is intended for. The graphs and diagrams are especially useful, and the book is extremely well-written. True, some of the examples in the exercises are a bit repetitive, and extremely simple. However, I used this text for an honors calculus class at Cornell, and when supplemented with the proper theoretical background to the subject (in lecture), the text is suitable for a course of that caliber. The "theory and examples" sections (where most of our problem sets came from) presented challenging questions which required a great deal of intuition. Overall the text is excellent, and I learned a lot from it. It has earned a place on my bookshelf.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By D. Peters on January 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is perhaps one of the finest high-school Calculus textbooks in existance. The first eight chapters of Thomas-Finney deal with calculus of functions of a single variable, going through what is commonly known as BC calculus. In addition to covering the essential topics of differentiation and integration, Thomas-Finney pays ample attention to the applications of the two. What results is a lucid text full of examples that ground calculus in the real world.
The second half of Thomas-Finney is devoted mainly to three-dimensional analytic geometry, multivariate calculus, and finally vector calculus. Partial derivitives, conic sections, vector-valued functions, and multiple integrals are just some of the topics covered in the second half. Here too, the book devotes ample time to examples and applications. The presentation of advanced concepts is top-notch.
The text is also interspersed with mathematical biography and sidebars that explain how to use CAS to help understand concepts. These are well presented and do not take away from the core math taught in the book.
I taught myself calculus during a summer using this book and without teacher intervention. It was the only one of five calculus textbooks that presented material clearly and simply enough to understand without outside help. In my mind, that's the highest compliment a math textbook can be given.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Donald Gillies on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I used this book (5th edition) for a University Honors Calculus class that I took as a senior in High School. As a math enthusiast (my dad was a Math Professor), and compared to other math books, I would say that the exposition in this book is very very good. Addison-Wesley (MA) is renowned for publishing simple and complete books on complex technical subjects - nobody does it better! The authors were from MIT (first 4 editions) and U-Illinois (helped with the 5th edition), respectively (the latter is where I took the honor calculus class), and at the time it was being used at both schools.

Some people have criticized this book as 'repetitive' and 'obvious' but I HEAVILY disagree. Calculus is a set of tools for approaching geometric problems. There are hundreds of tools in this book. My honors calculus professor had us working one sub-section of the book EVERY NIGHT, FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. In that time, we finished the entire book. I worked 4 problems EVERY NIGHT, FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. Later on, I attended MIT, and I was helping the freshmen in their calculus homeworks 5 years later FROM MEMORY! Meanwhile, the MIT students, who had less practice (one problem set per week) quickly forgot what they had learned! So I was helping the upperclassmen to remember their calculus, too !!

Calculus is the very last "bag of tricks" subject that is taught in most math curriculums. The theory behind integration and differentiation and other techniques are all there, in the Thomas and Finney book. The burden is on the reader to understand the theory, before they jump to the practicum. It's true that Thomas and Finney do not ask you to derive new theorems, but there is too much material to allow this in a 2-semester or 3-semester textbook.

I wonder how far people have gone after complaining that there was too much rote practice in this book. In my case, I enjoyed the book and completed a PhD in theoretical computer science.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By O'Young on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I recall seeing this book in my living room when I was seven or eight. I'd pull it off the shelf, open to chapter one, look at the word "limit" and feel my mind go blank.

Well, six years later, I took AP Calculus AB and I made a five on the test. Many factors went in to that. This is one of them.

This book feels very comfortable to read. The margins are very wide and there is a good space between the examples and the text.

Professors Finney and Thomas wrote so clearly. Precise and concise. Whenever I didn't understand what was going on in my AP class, this helped to clarify it better.

There are ample problems for you to practice and apply what you've learned.

It's a shame that this isn't really sold anymore. This is the best. If you can get a copy of this, keep it. So good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JSAN on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The approach to the self study of calculus that I've adopted involves working through every problem in each section. This text is excellent for that technique. The authors present the material in sections that usually build upon on another and can be read in about thirty to forty five minutes while working through the examples. The writing is for the most part clear and easy to follow. Every now and then a section seems disjointed. The progress through differential and integral calculus of functions of a single varible (Chapters 1-7) is very thorough and smooth. The approach is both intuitive and mildly rigorous so that the student is not left thinking that calculus is not without rigor. The emphasis is on applications hence engineering and applied physics students will benefit most from this text. The introduction of transcendental functions is divided into two parts with most material in chapter six. The best aspect of this text is the problem set found at the end of each section. The authors have worked hard to build into the problems the material put forward in the text of the section. The problems are designed to reinforce both calculations as well as to provide stimulation to deeper thought (Theory and Examples section). Problems are divided into sets of problems reflecting the divisions in the section. These problems start as computational exercises and progress into applications and thought problems. Every concept can be looked at from different perspectives and the problems are designed to bring out this understanding of the ideas that are presented in the text. The emphasis is of course on the board applications of the concept.Read more ›
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