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Calculus (College Review) [Paperback]

Gootman Ph.D.
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September 1, 1997 0812098196 978-0812098198
This general review covers equations, functions, and graphs; limits, derivatives; integrals and antiderivatives; word problems; applications of integrals to geometry; and much more. Additional features make this volume especially helpful to students working on their own. They include worked-out examples, a summary of the main points of each chapter, exercises, and where needed, background material on algebra, geometry, and reading comprehension.

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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: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish Gootman Had Been My Teacher 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
5.0 out of 5 stars All the calculus one could need. November 1, 1999
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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point and easy to read 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for math reading September 13, 1998
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Elliot Gootman was my professor at UGA November 16, 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Calculus Brush-Up March 1, 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great it now! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed explanations.
The book's focus is basic Calculus explained slowly and in detail for people who have been away from math for a while and want to know where everything comes from instead of pie in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by CG
3.0 out of 5 stars Clear, but limiting!
I liked the clarity of the concepts presented, but I was not inspired to apply calculus as a information gathering tool.
Published 10 months ago by Jeffrey Scott Whittaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It has help me understand some formulas and why I was wrong before. It's not bad or shabby but it's useful in a way if you want to reference things and go back and learn something.
Published 11 months ago by Amarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Text
Ive started using this text to refresh my mempory after taking cal 2 7 years ago. THis text is very good at explaining things and is also a good ai to a text book, but otherwise is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by wayne lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Calculus
For the price it can't be beaten. The book provides a solid review, if you need a review or just want a review this book will provide to the need.
Published 16 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Review!
I needed to take Calc II and it had been eight years since I took Calc I (and almost failed). I read this book a couple weeks before my Calc II class and ended up with an A!
Published 16 months ago by Carmen Bustos
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
This is a great book. I wish it had existed when I took my first calculus class more than thirty years ago. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brophy
5.0 out of 5 stars Calculus in an easy to understand format.
This Calculus book provides step by step-building examples in every chapter. A chapter review called summary of main points gives a reminder of all of the important terms and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by G.T.
1.0 out of 5 stars Returned
Horrible waste. Returned it. you're better off with your text book and Youtube. I didn't find it useful at all.
Published 19 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I am teaching myself calculus and this book is pretty helpful. It is not a text book, it is the size of a smaller book but it is packed with good information. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Joe C
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