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Calculus (College Review) Paperback – September 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0812098198 ISBN-10: 0812098196

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  • Series: College Review
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812098196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812098198
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whatever your understanding, this book will improve your math skills.
David Martin (daev@negia.net)
I recommend this book highly to those frustrated with standard textbooks or simply wishing to understand the basics of how calculus works.
Kenneth J. Dillon
This book is well written and the author explains the material in an easy to understand manner.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Dillon on August 3, 2006
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Having once suffered through a boring and utterly ineffective proof-centered university introductory calculus course, I waited 40 years to tackle calculus again. This book has proven immensely helpful. Professor Gootman has a knack for getting right to the point and carefully unfolding his explanation of what you really need to know, with unusually clear illustrative worked problems. He understands that painstaking exposition of theoretical proofs teaches less effectively than working on practical examples. Once the student learns to USE calculus in applied situations, then grasping the theory and proofs becomes much easier. I was able to comprehend everything he had to teach, although I must confess that I only completed the end-of-chapter problems for the first few chapters.

I came away thinking that calculus need not be as difficult as it is made out to be, or actually is in the hands of a less able teacher. Its level of difficulty approximates that of a somewhat difficult language--perhaps Russian for an English speaker. But no more. And, as with Russian, simply practicing it over time can bring gratifying results. Once you master about twenty basic procedures, the rest becomes far more approachable. I recommend this book highly to those frustrated with standard textbooks or simply wishing to understand the basics of how calculus works.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Smith on November 1, 1999
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My friend and I have gone through more than a dozen calculus books looking to understand the subject. This was the first one to really explain itself well. It starts with the algebraic basics and works up to the calculus at whatever rate one sees fit. Now, a few weeks later, we're both fluent in differential calculus and working our way through integral calculus -- all from a basic algebra background.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John G. Ferguson on April 3, 2001
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Why do I like this book? It assumes you can wing it on some of the algebra and glosses the trig and logarithmic stuff to get to the brass tacks... derivatives and anti-derivatives (integrals).
In simple notation and examples it explains and emphasizes the use of limits to derive the calculus, gives examples and a good dose of exercises WITH ALL ANSWERS in the back!!!
It is not the ultimate calculus tome, it is a great review, it is short enough to handle after hours (since I work for a living) and is a relaxing text with which to work, each section is of good size.
Keep in mind, you will still need that tome on hand for deeper study and more exercises but this book cuts through the piles of pages most calc books bury you with before getting to the work at hand. Which is how one really learns the art of applying the process of calculus.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Wolfe on January 9, 2007
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This text is a nice balance between a traditional calculus text and the smarmy calculus by cartoon type books, and it is more math book like than 'A Tour of the Calculus' by David Berlinski in that you get examples and practice problems.

The explanations are written in a relaxed, literate, and very readable style, without being patronizing or silly.

Enough examples and practice problems are provided to get the key points pounded into your head. The examples are worked through step by step with fairly clear explanations.

Be warned. This is definitely a review book or to be used in conjunction with a traditional class and text. It's a very quick pass over the material. It provides some minimal algebra review, but if you are rusty you will want some practice since it assumes you can handle rational expressions and exponents.

I worked through it a chapter at a time over an otherwise lazy week.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Martin (daev@negia.net) on September 13, 1998
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Dr. Gootman has put together an excellent and concise introduction to Calculus. I would recommend this book to high school/college students or anyone interested in math. It is to-the-point, but thorough. It is an affordable text that works for supplemental reading as well as a stand-alone curriculum. If you are taking Calculus, read this book. Whatever your understanding, this book will improve your math skills.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Beall on November 16, 2005
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This man was an amazing professor. His class was interesting and this text book made me wonder why other Calcus texts exist. Buy this book for your children, they will love it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth P. Raftery on March 1, 2010
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I took Calculus in college and I got an A. But I went so long without doing it that I became rusty, to say the least. I eventually reached the point where I wanted to teach Calculus but I was intimidated by the 500 page (or more) books out there. I came across this book by Gootman, and my problem was solved! The book reads like a novel. The topics came back to me immediately due to the clear way he presents them. While this book is certainly not AP level, I was able to use the foundation that this book gave me in order to teach myself AP Calculus. So I can honestly say that I would probably not be teaching AP Calculus right now had it not been for this book.
I only wish there were books out there like this for EVERY topic in existence!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2001
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This is a great book. I have been using it as a self-study guide to learning calculus and its been of amazing help. There are adequate number of examples in each chapter along with excercises and answers. The book does not indulge in futile background information sessions nor does it burden us with 20 million methods of solving a problem; Instead the author provides us with simple yet understandable and memorable explanations of what is what and why. Also, I find the chapters short and easy to ponder and digest. Had I only known calculus was this great and easy to learn 10 years.
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