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Calculus (Briggs/Cochran Calculus) Hardcover – March 18, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0321336118 ISBN-10: 0321336119 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Briggs/Cochran Calculus
  • Hardcover: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321336119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321336118
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Briggs has been on the mathematics faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver for twenty-three years. He received his BA in mathematics from the University of Colorado and his MS and PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses throughout the mathematics curriculum with a special interest in mathematical modeling and differential equations as it applies to problems in the biosciences. He has written a quantitative reasoning textbook, Using and Understanding Mathematics; an undergraduate problem solving book, Ants, Bikes, and Clocks; and two tutorial monographs, The Multigrid Tutorial and The DFT: An Owner’s Manual for the Discrete Fourier Transform. He is the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Vice President for Education, a University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar, a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Ireland.

 

Lyle Cochran is a professor of mathematics at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He holds BS degrees in mathematics and mathematics education from Oregon State University and a MS and PhD in mathematics from Washington State University. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate mathematics courses at Washington State University, Fresno Pacific University, and, since 1995, at Whitworth University. His expertise is in mathematical analysis, and he has a special interest in the integration of technology and mathematics education. He has written technology materials for leading calculus and linear algebra textbooks including the Instructor’s Mathematica Manual for Linear Algebra and Its Applications by David C. Lay and the Mathematica Technology Resource Manual for Thomas’ Calculus. He is a member of the MAA and a former chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Whitworth University.

 


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It is difficult to tell what is important and what is not important.
Robert
I ordered this book from another person on this site, and it was listed as hard cover, well it came in as a copied book in a binder!
Janet Lally
The problems in one sub-chapter will require you to solve the problem using concepts that they haven't even taught you yet!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Davison on June 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I knew there was something wrong with this text the first day of Calculus 1 when I read through a section on limits and became completely baffled by something that later in lecture turned out to be pretty straightforward. I have found that there are basically two kinds of math texts, terse and impersonal ones that read like the tax code and ones where the author tried to connect with the reader a little. The biggest problem is that this book is firmly in the former category and was disappointing compared to The text I used for algebra and the ones I had to buy to supplement this one.

A math book is mostly examples and explanation with a few lines of motivation here and there and this book is no different but what puts it in the terse and impersonal category is how condensed the actual examples are. The general format this book uses is that there will be a paragraph of detailed but incomprehensible explanation followed by a brief example worked out in as few lines as possible. Both of these are hard to follow compared to what effective math books do which is give a short breakdown of the strategy for solving the problem followed by a very expanded example that explains the hows and whys of each step. It's also perfectly ok for the author to retrace the path they personally took to understand the concepts but this book doesn't do that.

There are other minor problems like that the chapter on applications of integration is before the chapter on techniques of integration. I wouldn't have minded actually using something that I learned in the techniques of integration chapter to solve some of the more interesting problems in the applications chapter. Also the homework problems in the back are not arranged by difficulty. I find it helpful if the first few problems in a group of problems are easier and the last few are challenging but the easy and hard ones are scattered randomly within the group of problems.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Rogers on April 28, 2012
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As already mentioned, the book does quite nicely when it comes to continuation of the tutorial. I don't recall many instances where it went from basics and gentle explanation to, "Sink or swim - this is it!" and tosses you overboard.

I was quite surprised at how they often used an example encountered earlier to illustrate another, slightly more advanced point, and how it actually worked quite well.

I would suggest the biggest issue I had, particularly very early on, came about from introducing a topic a bit too early, only to tell you that it will be handled several sections later. The, "Squeeze Theorem" in particular was an offender, where you're given a fairly brief explanation that didn't get the point across very well, only to be told to that in a few sections you'd be making large use of it, but to do some problems with it anyway. It was cases like this where you feel you didn't have the skill or understanding of how to use it, but were expected to anyway, and had to rely on other sources to understand it properly (which you should do anyway if you aren't quite comprehending something).

At the end of the day, I really do enjoy the book. It's kept simple, yet rarely is it kept so simple as to miss out on key ideas or the big picture. Theorems are present, but often proven at later times (or in Appendix B) so as to keep things simple and clean without discouraging and intimidating the reader.
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By Robert on March 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Why is it so difficult to write a straightforward calculus text? The presentation in this text is jumbled and jumps from one topic to another. The pages are horribly cluttered. It is difficult to tell what is important and what is not important. This is my first semester in calculus. With this book I may have to change my major because I don't think I can get through 3 semesters of calculus with this terrible book.
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By jeff on March 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am an average math student. I usually get Bs in math classes. With this book, I struggled to earn a C. The pages are cluttered and difficult to follow. The exercises emphasize calculus theory with little emphasis on applications. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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By Andrew D. Hamon on October 24, 2013
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I bought this book only for Calculus 3. Anyways, it does a decent but not excellent job explaining things. I'm the sort of person who doesn't really listen to teachers at all, I just read the book. Most topics are introduced in a formal, proofy way but the examples help you make sense of it all.
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Very happy with this order. I ordered this book from another person on this site, and it was listed as hard cover, well it came in as a copied book in a binder! I panicked and found this book last minuet placed the order and had it fast and like new and less expensive !!! Thank you!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ascendant on April 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is horrible for learning calculus. In fact, it is so bad that our college is in the process of changing to another. As far as the reasons why:

1. Each chapter and sub-chapter only skims over the concepts, then gives you problems that are well beyond the scope of what they explained. Without a professor's support, it will take you 10-20 times longer to learn/apply a concept than if someone simply explained the process to you. I'm all about critical thinking, but when you have to not only figure out how to set the problem up, but also all the steps that the section of the book left out, it is just a horrid way to learn.

2. The problems in one sub-chapter will require you to solve the problem using concepts that they haven't even taught you yet!!! As an honors student, our professor has given us some of the more challenging problems in the sections as homework. In order to solve several of them this semester, we had to look ahead 2-3 sub-chapters, and in one case 3 full chapters, in order to learn the concepts that we had to apply in order to solve them!

3. There is no learning from trying the problems. You either get them right or get them wrong and learn little to nothing. This is because even though the answers to the odd numbers are listed in the back of the book, there is absolutely no explanation given on how they attained that answer. Sometimes, you may even have the right answer, but you simply reduced differently than they had. As far as the solutions manual, I know two students who bought it, and both said it is a waste of money. Most the steps are skipped over in the process of getting to the answer, so it is virtually impossible to learn anything from it beyond what the answer key in the back will tell you.
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