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Calculus II For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Mark Zegarelli
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An easy-to-understand primer on advanced calculus topics

Calculus II is a prerequisite for many popular college majors, including pre-med, engineering, and physics. Calculus II For Dummies offers expert instruction, advice, and tips to help second semester calculus students get a handle on the subject and ace their exams.

It covers intermediate calculus topics in plain English, featuring in-depth coverage of integration, including substitution, integration techniques and when to use them, approximate integration, and improper integrals. This hands-on guide also covers sequences and series, with introductions to multivariable calculus, differential equations, and numerical analysis. Best of all, it includes practical exercises designed to simplify and enhance understanding of this complex subject.

  • Introduction to integration
  • Indefinite integrals
  • Intermediate Integration topics
  • Infinite series
  • Advanced topics
  • Practice exercises

Confounded by curves? Perplexed by polynomials? This plain-English guide to Calculus II will set you straight!

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An easy-to-understand primer on advanced calculus topics

Confounded by curves? Perplexed by polynomials? This plain-English guide to Calculus II will set you straight! Calculus II For Dummies offers expert instruction, advice, and tips to help students get a handle on intermediate calculus topics. Best of all, it includes example problems and explanations that enhance your understanding of this complex subject.

  • Calculus II 101 — get an easy-to-follow introduction to the definite integral, the Reimann sum equation, and the indefinite integral

  • Strike that, reverse it — discover everything you need to know about reversing the differential process to solve a limited set of indefinite integrals using anti-differentiation

  • Go big with trig — find out how to use a whole host of trig functions to integrate powers of sines and cosines, and then tangents and secants, and finally cotangents and cosecants

  • Conquer the Mount Everest of Math — move on to intermediate integration, infinite series, and the math you can expect in higher-level Calculus courses

Open the book and find:

  • A need-to-know refresher on Pre-Calculus and Calculus I

  • The "Aha!" insights in Calculus II

  • Useful test-taking tips

  • The 4-1-1 on area problems

  • Plain-English explanations of integrals

  • Everything you need to know about the infinite series

  • Help on solving area problems

  • How to use calculus to solve 3-D problems

Learn to:

  • Make sense of advanced calculus topics

  • Get ahead of the curve with easy-to-understand explanations of complicated subject matter

  • Score high in your Calculus II class

About the Author

Mark Zegarelli, a math tutor and writer with 25 years of professional experience, delights in making technical information crystal clear — and fun — for average readers. He is the author of Logic For Dummies and Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10464 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 111816170X
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XNJB76
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Calculus I for Dummies > Calculus II for Dummies. July 26, 2008
By Ryan
Most of this book (pg 1 - 283 out of 368pgs including index) is covered in the first "Calculus for Dummies" book. In some topics, this book (Calculus II for Dummies) uses the same exact problems that were used in "Calculus for Dummies" Personally i liked the way Mark Ryan wrote the his book and found it much more enjoyable reading than this book. And the fact that "Calculus for Dummies" covers all the way up to Infinite series is quite amazing since this is the last topic covered in my Calc II class. Calculus II for Dummies does however offer some different approaches in handling problems. Calculus II for Dummies covers a very detailed review of Calc I topics which can be a great help for those of you who need a refreshment.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better Calc II Resources Out There... May 27, 2009
Did anyone proofread this book before it went to press?!? MANY of the examples, particularly in the later chapters, are just slightly WRONG from a typesetting perspective, but completely wrong from a mathematical perspective. I expected better from the "For Dummies" brand.
Also, at least half of the book is review of Calc I. Coverage of Calc II topics is spotty. The chapters on integration techniques are pretty thorough, but the chapter on infinite series barely scratches the surface.
There are better Calc II resources out there. The Calculus Lifesaver by Adrian Banner is not quite as humorous, but at least I haven't found any glaring errors yet.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of Calculus II March 13, 2012
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Sometimes it takes a while to overcome a prejudice and a misconception. I once swore I'd never use any book labeled "For Dummies", considering any such title as being beneath my dignity. Having recently discovered that dignity often precludes understanding, I decided to throw caution to the winds and read Calculus II For Dummies. It is superb. So much for preconceived ideas. I took Calculus years ago and I decided a refresher was in order for some further self-study. Integration constitutes the lion's share of the second Calculus course in the sequence, and it makes up most of the material contained in this book.

Calculus II For Dummies is easy to read, it is full of superb illustrative examples, and it is always coherent and clear. Unlike Calculus textbooks, which are organized on a progressive basis, piling fact-upon-fact, this For Dummies book dives right into the material, excludes everything not immediately relevant to the discussion at hand and assumes that clarity and not quantity is the most important organizing principle. If you are having trouble understanding the material in your text, you might try reading this excellent overview of Calculus II. I think you might find it both helpful and a pleasure to use.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book! August 19, 2009
By Horizon
If, and only if, you are capable of explaining technical things in non-technical terms, can it be said you truly understand them. Mark Zegarelli truly understands Calculus, and because he does, so will you upon working through his book. Too often, writers of mathematics books seem more interested in impressing their readers than teaching them. Many times, I have come away from such a book declaring, "The writer sure seems to know what he's talking about. I only wish I did." This cannot be said of Calculus II. Mark Zegarelli is not out to impress you, he truly wants to TEACH you. And he does. Thanks to his many examples and explanations, a subject you may have approached with fear and trembling turns out to be one from which you walk away saying, "I can do that!" Nothing is more satisfying, or conducive to the learning experience. Zegarelli also avoids another of the traps so common to authors of mathematics books: too many authors write in such a way as to presuppose that you already know the subject you bought the book to learn. The wording of Calculus II is friendly, helpful, cheerful, and conveys all necessary information without patronizing or talking down to the reader. This enjoyable book will definately improve your grade. You need this book!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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While the "for Dummies" qualification in the title indicates that this book is targeted at a general audience that is not the case. The second chapter is devoted to a "review" of precalculus and differential calculus, but this is largely just a quick flyby. Zegarelli explicitly assumes that the reader has passed a course in calculus I covering derivatives. I found it amusing that in the review of derivatives on page 58 the derivative of e to the x power is given as 1.
The remainder of the book is a series of brief explanations of topics usually found in calculus II. Definite and indefinite integration, techniques of integration such as integration by parts, trigonometric substitution and partial fraction decomposition, sequences and series, multivariable calculus and differential equations are all covered, which is an overstatement. The topics are mentioned, but in such a brief manner that it is difficult to see how the person learning the topics would get anything out of them. In my opinion, the only groups of readers that will find value in this book are those that are learning the material in another venue and need a different perspective and those that need a review.
I have been teaching calculus at the college level for decades and can attest that the students learn by seeing many examples worked through. To simply tell them how it is done and then to move on is to lose them very quickly. Few people without pre-existing knowledge of calculus II could read this book and get anything out of it. Most of the puns and jokes will be lost on readers whose primary language is not English.
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Mark Zegarelli is the author of Logic For Dummies. He holds degrees in both English and math from Rutgers University. He has earned his living for many years writing vast quantities of logic puzzles, a hefty chunk of software documentation, and the occasional book or film review. Along the way, he's also paid a few bills doing housecleaning, decorative painting, and (for ten hours) retail sales. He likes writing best, though.

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