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Calculus Part A & B, 6th Edition 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0130920713
ISBN-10: 0130920711
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This book combines traditional mainstream calculus with the most flexible approach to new ideas and calculator/computer technology. It contains superb problem sets and a fresh conceptual emphasis flavored by new technological possibilities. Chapter topics cover functions, graphs, and models; prelude to calculus; the derivative; additional applications of the derivative; the integral; applications of the integral; calculus of transcendental functions; techniques of integration; differential equations; polar coordinates and parametric curves; infinite series; vectors, curves, and surfaces in space; partial differentiation; multiple integrals; and vector calculus. For individuals interested in the study of calculus.

About the Author

C. Henry Edwards is emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in 1960, and recently retired after 40 years of classroom teaching (including calculus or differential equations almost every term) at the universities of Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Georgia, with a brief interlude at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Georgia's honoratus medal in 1983 (for sustained excellence in honors teaching), its Josiah Meigs award in 1991 (the institution's highest award for teaching), and the 1997 statewide Georgia Regents award for research university faculty teaching excellence. His scholarly career has ranged from research and dissertation direction in topology to the history of mathematics to computing and technology in the teaching and applications of mathematics. In addition to being author or co-author of calculus, advanced calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations textbooks, he is well-known to calculus instructors as author of The Historical Development of the Calculus (Springer-Verlag, 1979). During the 1990s he served as a principal investigator on three NSF-supported projects: (1) A school mathematics project including Maple for beginning algebra students, (2) A Calculus-with-Mathematica program, and (3) A MATLAB-based computer lab project for numerical analysis and differential equations students.

David E. Penney, University of Georgia, completed his Ph.D. at Tulane University in 1965 (under the direction of Prof. L. Bruce Treybig) while teaching at the University of New Orleans. Earlier he had worked in experimental biophysics at Tulane University and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in New Orleans under the direction of Robert Dixon McAfee, where Dr. McAfee's research team's primary focus was on the active transport of sodium ions by biological membranes. Penney's primary contribution here was the development of a mathematical model (using simultaneous ordinary differential equations) for the metabolic phenomena regulating such transport, with potential future applications in kidney physiology, management of hypertension, and treatment of congestive heart failure. He also designed and constructed servomechanisms for the accurate monitoring of ion transport, a phenomenon involving the measurement of potentials in microvolts at impedances of millions of megohms. Penney began teaching calculus at Tulane in 1957 and taught that course almost every term with enthusiasm and distinction until his retirement at the end of the last millennium. During his tenure at the University of Georgia he received numerous University-wide teaching awards as well as directing several doctoral dissertations and seven undergraduate research projects. He is the author of research papers in number theory and topology and is the author or co-author of textbooks on calculus, computer programming, differential equations, linear algebra, and liberal arts mathematics.

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Product Details

  • Series: Part A
  • Paperback: 1182 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6th edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130920711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130920713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 2.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Freeman on August 30, 2006
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I agree with the previous reviewer that this is not a book for people who are looking for a gentle introduction to calculus. But for those who are looking for a sturdy reference that will give the proofs for the most common theorems used in calculus, this is a great book.

It has rigorous proofs, an excellent set of appendices for reviewing trigonometry and common identities, and a well chosen problem set.

I run a blog that is focused on complete mathematical proofs ([...] whenever one of my blog topics touches on calculus, this is the book that I go to.

Buy another book for the gentle introduction but if you want to understand the proofs that make up calculus, buy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emily on December 14, 2011
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I used this textbook for my Multivariable Calculus class at Duke University and found it to be quite unhelpful and a bit confusing. It's just a standard textbook, but I didn't like some of the notation and it gets a bit wordy sometimes. The practice problems are challenging though, but I supplemented learning the material with online MIT lecture videos.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mosier VINE VOICE on January 8, 2006
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I would give this book zero stars if I could. This textbook should only be used as a review for those who have completed Calculus-not for those trying to learn it. From the very beginning of the book the notation is very complex and was clearly written by a mathematician who decided his notation was the most conducive to learning. After completing Calculus III everything makes a lot more sense, but this is only because I had a brilliant instructor. The most laborious part of the notation is used when explaining how a Riemann Sum goes from discrete to integral calculus. It is more like learning a different language along with calculus when you use this book. The examples, which should be straightforward in order to get the concepts across are of course just as complicated as everything else in the book. Because of this, the excercises are very difficult to follow without the use of a solutions manual. The solutions manual also has some glaring flaws, but I won't get into that. The only real redeeming quality of the book is that at most universities you will be able to use it for three semesters. So you get your money's worth. I hope that when they release a new edition that some of the problems will be addressed, because at its current new price the book has little value to most. If you plan to teach yourself Calculus, do not buy this book. It will be a waste of your time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Shapoff on October 18, 2012
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The target audiences of this book are math, physics, and science majors possessing excellent algebra and trigonometric skills on the precalculus level. All others should not be looking at this book. This is not to say that there are not other books suitable for other audiences; this is to
say that this book is extremely suitable for the aforementioned audience.

I should especially mention the chapter on Differential Equations - it is simply superb.

The presentation is thorough and rigorous leaving the student very well prepared for subsequent courses in Differential Equations, Linear Algebra,
etc.

To really get what this book offers requires dedicated commitment to a strict study schedule and not skipping over topics.

It should also be mentioned that this book should be completed before starting first year physics so that the student has a firm good foundation in Calculus and Differential Equations - algebra based physics and calculus based physics are two different worlds.

There is no snobbery intended here. I just want it clearly understood who the target audience is so that this superb book is not unfairly criticized
by unqualified students or others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim on November 15, 2011
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The book I purchased from you is very informative and easy to understand. There are examples on various fields such as business, science practical way of life. Problems on techniques of integration are very challenging. It was my first time to solve those problems which I found very self-fulfilling. I wish to send the authors my congratulations.

However, as I browsed on the book when I received it, some of the pages are detached from the binding. It looked like that the people who bounded the pages did not check them. please have them check the binding before delivery.

the books are carefully sealed in plastic, then sealed in a box then tied in a tamper-proof sack. they were delivered to me intact and in good condition except the loose pages from the bind.

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Be careful of what you order. I had to order this book three times. The first time, I only received Part A. The second time, I only received Part B. The third time I finally went to the university bookstore and paid far too much because I wanted to make sure my text had both Part A and Part B. In each case I ordered what was advertised as Part A & B.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sachin D on September 23, 2010
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I needed this book for a class I'm taking. Buyers beware - Part A and Part B seem to have the same ISBN as the entire combined volume. I received Part B but by luck ended up only needing that part.
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