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Calculus II For Dummies 2nd Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111816170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118161708
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This book claims to give a "solid introduction" to what you'd encounter in a Calc 2 course. It's more of a bird's-eye view of the subject. The author also claims that you can use the book for self-study. You can, but only sort-of.

This book has the same problem that lots of textbooks have: too many skipped steps. This is especially bad when complex techniques are being introduced. The author gives a basic description of how to do something and then tells you to just finish up this problem yourself using techniques taught in "previous sections." This is bad for a learner, and it doesn't really fit with the whole Dummies approach of complete explanations. What's worse is that the "previous sections" give simple examples, and what's left to you is usually something complex. Worst of all, the author doesn't even give you an answer so you can at least check if you got it right.

There are also mistakes in the book (e.g. on page 58, the derivative of e to the x is 1?). The author also doesn't do a good job of telling you when to choose one technique over another one. Instead, he splats everything out for you to memorize.

Students learn by going through fully worked examples, and the strength of Dummies books has always been that everything is written down in examples. Too bad this one falls flat in that regard.
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