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Drawing on their decades of teaching experience, William Briggs and Lyle Cochran have created a calculus text that carries the teacher's voice beyond the classroom. That voice—evident in the narrative, the figures, and the questions interspersed in the narrative—is a master teacher leading readers to deeper levels of understanding. The authors appeal to readers' geometric intuition to introduce fundamental concepts and lay the foundation for the more rigorous development that follows. Comprehensive exercise sets have received praise for their creativity, quality, and scope.

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: Briggs/Cochran Calculus
  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321570561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321570567
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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I bought this book since I have taken/will be taking Calc I, II, and III.
This also means that they don't include the necessary mymathlab/Pearson access code that should come with every new book.
One thing I really like about this book is that there can be more than one way to work the math problems.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AMNorse on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After working with this book for an entire year, I can say that it has grown on me. When I previously reviewed Briggs and Cochran's Calculus, I called it the worst mathematics text I had ever read. That is still the case, however I have learned a great deal from it and I should address the real issues I've had with it and those that have become background noise.

First the bad; the organisation and presentation of material is incredibly counter intuitive. These people could have done a world of good by hiring a talented editor with some experience in mathematics and page-layout skills. Instead, images are put in awkward places with unhelpful captions. The presentation of each section begins with theory and then examples, however the examples tend to only peripherally address issues you encounter with the problems.

A smaller issue, but one that certainly prevents it from being 4 stars, is how concepts are addressed. The theory sections tend to be truncated and geared toward providing a rigorous proof, but then often fall short of doing that. As an engineering student, I don't care one whit about the proofs. They're interesting, but I need to learn applications. A clearly worded explanation of how and why the theory works would have done wonders for me. It could be argued that this is an issue of the chosen direction for the book, and that's fine. In either case, I think a mathematics major would find it lacking in rigour and an engineering student finds it lacking in application.

The problem sets: if you don't have algebra, trig, and geometry down solid then you will be crushed. This book pulls no punches when it comes to demanding a basic understanding of all previous areas in order to pursue calculus.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bch922 on May 5, 2013
Format: Loose Leaf
Okay first a quick note about the "loose leaf binding": If you're going to buy any book that you are likely to keep as a reference just bite the bullet and buy the bound hard or soft cover. The same axiom applies if the book you're using is going to run through 2 or 3 classes (Calc I,II,III or Chem I,II,III for example) just go ahead and grab a bound book....its worth the money for ease of use and integrity of a real binding. The loose leaf versions are a bigger pain than they are worth in money saved. Enough digression.....

Regarding the book:
Very difficult to read. As in damn nigh impossible.

I'm retired military and used to reading technical documentation, and I realize this thing isn't supposed to be a work of literature. That said, basic teaching logic says that if you're going to try to introduce some of the more advanced concepts in mathematics, it would be wise to make some effort to make your text and the examples therein marginally readable. In this book, the student will have great difficulties with the nearly incomprehensible text long before they come to the point of actually being able to try to grasp a concept the book is trying to relate.

Poor and scant examples.

Examples within the text are minimal at best and often combine several steps in any given process into one. More and broader examples would be helpful, as would being consistent in showing most of the steps in a problem solution.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve on December 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was re-taking multivariable calculus this past semester (as kind of a filler class at the community college...I just had some general ed. class to take, so I thought I'd try calc III again and see if I would actually learn anything about vector calculus this time around). We were loaned out the paperback Multivariable edition of the Briggs/Cochran calculus book. (One down-side of these copies -- the ink smudged way too easily. But that's really not a factor in my four-star rating, I promise.)

I've managed to take long enough getting through school (as I mostly just take evening and online classes, what with working during the day) that I've used three different calculus books -- Stewart, Thomas and now Briggs. Also, a friend and I are kinda math/physics junkies so we both have fairly extensive collections of Dover books and other various textbooks. Point being, I've come across a lot of different calculus books.

And this one has just become my favorite. It never feels dumbed-down (like Stewart did), and it's significantly more readable than Thomas calculus (which does Ok at times, then falls apart at other times). If you've happened to used the Knight physics textbook recently, the Briggs/Cochran book is similar in flavor -- conversational yet extremely thorough. It still requires focused reading and plenty of practice, but at least the book won't be an obstacle to learning (as is the case with so many other textbooks in the math/physics world, I find).

If I were the type to give our five-star ratings like candy, I definitely would have given this thing five stars. But I work with more of a "three stars is standard, four means its somewhere between really good and excellent, five stars means it's utterly freaking magical" scale. (Two stars means it's pretty bad and one star means it's garbage, or dubiously-relevant, or something along those lines.)
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