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Calculus (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences) [Paperback]

Gudmund R. Iversen
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January 18, 1996 0803971109 978-0803971103 1
This book offers an overview of the central ideas in calculus and gives examples of how calculus is used to translate many real-world phenomena into mathematical functions. Beginning with an explanation of the two major parts of calculus - differentiation and integration - Gudmund R Iversen illustrates how calculus is used in statistics: to distinguish between the mean and the median; to derive the least squares formulas for regression co-efficients; to find values of parameters from theoretical distributions; and to find a statistical -value when using one of the continuous test variables such as the t-variable.

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Product Details

  • Series: Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (Book 110)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (January 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803971109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803971103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Calculus, Briefly September 17, 2010
Gudmund Iversen explains the concepts, formulas and applications of calculus to social scientists and highlights their applications to analysis of research data. Four successive chapters review prerequisite concepts, discuss differential calculus and its usefulness in modeling change, introduce integral calculus and its applications to reasoning about probabilities, and illustrates these concepts with examples from research.

The book is clear, concise, and covers the necessary material. I recommend it as a good review of calculus for the mathematically unenthused.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for a refresher course on March 19, 2014
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I purchased this text as guide for a refresher course on calc on The book is very concise and easy to read, though without the course notes I am not sure I would have really advanced my understanding of the subject - I needed the additional example problems to really see how things worked and relearn what had been forgotten.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review only July 11, 2013
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If looking for a primer and quick review of important calculus methods, this is a solid text. But insufficient for newbies or those interested in a more rigorous approach. Only recommended for those who may have been away from Calculus for a while, and just need a refresher on the basics of derivatives and integration.
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