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Calculus: Labs For Mathematica Paperback – February 24, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0763734251 ISBN-10: 076373425X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (February 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076373425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763734251
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,129,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Bailey on January 1, 2008
This is a rare example of a thin book about Mathematica, albeit specifically about the application of Mathematica to calculus.

I studied calculus in the 70's and could use some remedial help, and meanwhile am picking up more Mathematica skills. Mathematica would have been a big help back then, and this book would have been welcome too.

It is written to go along with another book, "Calculus: the Language of Change", which I don't have and don't think you need to enjoy this book. Though, I did think I had skipped a page when I first read the beginning line of Chapter 1, "In Chapter 1 of the text, you have begun to learn how to translate between two powerful languages, English and Calculus." This reads as though it's the workbook that gets packaged with a textbook, and maybe it actually is, for some. You really can use it on its own, though.

Calculus-specific material only makes up about half of this book, depending on exactly where you draw the line. There are also chapters about Mathematica basics, 2D plots, 3D plots, approximation, and series.

Section 2.3 begins, "Slope fields are another very useful way of picturing differential equations. In this section, we'll show you how to plot slope fields in Mathematica." They then spend a few pages creating fields of vectors that represent differential equations, and illustrating specific solutions to the equations that everywhere follow the flow of these vectors. This is news to me, and it's a VERY insightful way of seeing equations and solutions, and it's easy to follow and do and then apply on your own. I think I'd have paid the book price just to get these few pages, if I had known.

There is always room for improvement. Pretty early on, on p.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hochman on November 20, 2005
This is a very clear and well written book about calculus and the language of mathematica. The text is clear and concise and very well written. It is not only simple but also enjoyable to read. It really enhanced my understanding of derivatives, integration, and other elements of claculus that are fundamental.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Matthew on December 10, 2005
This book is the best kept secret for anybody out there trying to Ace their Calculus class. I was struggling in Calculus in the beginning of the year, and this book really helped me get an A in the class. It's really simple to read and learn from. Guaranteed to make Mathematica and Calculus super easy. Who knew studying Calculus could actually be fun!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cummings McKay on December 10, 2005
I loved reading this the so much the first time in my caluculus class that I read it a second time over the summer. O'Connor's words of inspiration kept me coming back. This truly is "the best way to an A!"
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