Calculus 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0130824851
ISBN-10: 0130824852
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A second generation reform text, Decker/Varberg is designed to motivate an intuitive understanding of calculus topics with the aid of visualization technology and rich problems and applications. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This the shortest mainstream calculus book available. The authors make effective use of computing technology, graphics, and applications, and provide at least two technology projects per chapter. This popular book is correct without being excessively rigorous, up-to-date without being faddish. Maintains a strong geometric and conceptual focus. Emphasizes explanation rather than detailed proofs. Presents definitions consistently throughout to maintain a clear conceptual framework. Provides hundreds of new problems, including problems on approximations, functions defined by tables, and conceptual questions. Ideal for readers preparing for the AP Calculus exam or who want to brush up on their calculus with a no-nonsense, concisely written book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 7 edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130824852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130824851
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are two types of electronic suppliments that come with this book. One is MyMathLab and the other is MathXL. The geniuses at Pearson decided to make them completely incompatible. So, if you get one code, it won't work with the other system.

Geniuses.

The ISBN for MathXL is: 0-13-142924-8

The ISBN for MyMathLab is: 0-13-230811-8
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to believe that this puzzling, error-filled book is in its 7th edition.
I've been using the book for two semesters in a distance learning program. In this setting, where the reader needs to learn from the book rather than from an instructor, the book is inadequate. It's single strength - brevity - doesn't make up for its weaknesses: mystifying explanations, worked examples that omit important steps, and errors. Many times, this book made me laugh out loud when, after literally hours of effort, I finally understood what the authors were trying to communicate. There is no way I could have completed my classes had I not had Swokowski to refer to.
Beyond these weaknesses, the book is loaded with throw-away Horatio Algerisms ("Skill at this, like most worthwhile activities, depends on practice.") and hokey humor ("We have no desire to let this text suffer from the standard ailment of older texts, called `revisionitis.'") These give the book a dated, musty feel: it's as if you are looking back at how calculus used to be taught 40 years ago.
Finally, six weeks into the first semester, the binding failed, converting the book into an expensive, 900-page, loose-leaf folder. Overall, not a book I enjoyed spending time with.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Student on October 2, 2002
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I am in something of a unique position to critique this book. You see, I have, due to the fact that I attended different schools and therefore had different teachers for Calculus I, II, and III, been forced to buy three different ... calculus textbooks.
I feel that this book in many ways is the best. Keep in mind, however, that this isn't saying much. For the most part, calculus (and math in general) textbooks are somewhat difficult to learn from. This stems from the fact that we students like to see lots of worked out example in order to "get" it (buy Schaum's outline or REA's Problem Solver for lots of worked examples). In many cases, a calculus book like this will give you, perhaps, one example for a given procedure and leave it to you to deduce the rest.
Still, I like the fact that this book contains the material for Calc. I, II, and III. If nothing else, it saves us some money.
One final comment: as another reviewer on amazon has already noted, the binding on this book is quite poor. I have seen many other students in my class with books in which the pages have started falling out. Perhaps Prentice Hall should provide us with a better binding for a hundred bucks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2003
Format: Textbook Binding
This is a good book for calculus. I usually go to class and do not undestand the professor because he speaks a different language then come home and figure it out from the book. The solutions manual is a must have for this course unless you have an excellent teacher or tudor. I find it helpful to check my problems half-way through completing them to make sure I am on the right track. And when I do not understand the text book instructions, the solutions manual usually puts me on track.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Henry Lenzi on April 18, 2005
Format: Textbook Binding
Ok, let me start by stating that because this is "the shortest mainstream calculus" text out there, it does _not_ mean this has less value. It would _seem_ to be so, but this is the exception to the rule where shorter texts means dumber texts.

Explaining mathematics is a bit of an art: you have to choose in what sequence things are to be layed out to the reader, so this means you have to choose how you will relate the explanations to one another. The Purcell I read (the 1st edition - it was my dad's) is quite masterfull at that. Often, when my college standard text got the explanations too verbose and confused, I looked for my Purcell copy and there it was, crystal clear: short, mathematically rigorous, to the point.

(I don't give 5s to any but very exceptional books)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is probably a good reference for advanced math students, teachers, mathematicians, etc. For newcomers to calculus, it's just hard to understand. As an adult learner who has learned math from books and is no stranger to self-directed studies, this book's math-speak explanations and "abracadabra" examples had all the calc newbies in my Calc I class bamboozled. Even my instructor had difficulty explaining the difference between her methods and the book's. Upon consulting other texts, the same concepts were easily revealed. The student solutions manual is, at times, as obscure as the text, sometimes leaving out significant steps. Some problems are explicated with different notation. In my humble opinion, Sylvanus Thompson's *Calculus Made Easy* and the HarperCollins' *Introduction to Calculus* and other "easy calc" books are better for introducing basic concepts to the calculus newbie.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steffen on September 29, 2000
Format: Textbook Binding
I was looking at calculus books for my mathematics department at the University of Wisconsin, and was delighted to find this book. It's concise without being overwhelming, accurate without being too wordy, and the topics are arranged in the order in which they should be taught. I will definitely recommend this book to my department for adoption!
To provide a bit more detail: First of all, at 800 pages, this book is one of the "leanest" on the market; the authors have clearly made an effort to stick with the essentials. Still, the instructor can choose to skip some of the harder topics or proofs; the book can be used with technology; etc. Most importantly, the authors don't "lie" to the reader: When some proof is too hard for this book, they will give you some intuition and then send you to a more advanced book to see the "real" proof. Finally, the book is written very carefully, no tricky details are glossed over or swept under the rug.
Overall, this is a great book! Try it!
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