- Hardcover: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (December 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047147245X
- ISBN-13: 978-0471472452
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.5 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is missing the following topics: reciprocal trigonometric functions (sec x, csc x, cot x), squeeze theorem, logarithmic differentiation, sketching graphs by hand by using derivatives, telescoping series, curvature, tangential and normal components of acceleration, line and surface integrals over scalar fields. All the other 7 books include these topics.
Six series tests are crammed into section 9.4. None of the other 7 books cram all six of these series tests into one section.
The Root Test for series is embedded into two homework problems. All of the other 7 books include the Root Test in a box within a section.
Planes (12.4) are discussed before talking about vectors (chapter 13). All the other 7 books discuss vectors first and then use vectors to develop planes.
Center of mass multiple integral formulas are embedded into the homework problems. All the other 7 books explain center of mass multiple integral formulas within a section.
The preface reads, "Students are expected to use their own judgment to determine where technology is useful." All the other 7 books make it clear when the students should use technology.
The preface reads, "There are very few examples in the text that are exactly like the homework problems. This means that you can't just look at a homework problem and search for a similar-looking `worked out' example." Many students learn calculus by seeing `worked out' examples.
Instructors: If you are considering adopting this book, then you've been warned.
Students: If you have to use this book, then go to class, do your homework, and good luck.
Hope this information helps.
For those of us who learn by example and who need more active guidance through difficult material, this book falls short. It appears to be a deliberate design strategy of this book, to under-explain then over-exercise. This is tolerable until one gets to integration, where the sink-or-swim approach will result in many unnecessary drownings.
Stewart seems at least a little better in this regard, and I note that it is replacing Hughes-Hallett in my school.
One could hope some day for a text written by someone who had enough trouble learning the subject, to be able to remember the value of a patient explanation.
No, 8 pages (including the exercises) are NOT sufficient to explain algebraic identities and trigonometric substitution in integration, except to a bright student with a fresh memory of trigonometry.
The physical weight of this book is burdensome, and the price is symptomatic of the shameless shakedown racket that American textbook publishing has become. Some Web research reveals that a typical price for a German university mathematics text is under $50 equivalent.
I used a different book for Calc I, and this can't hold a candle to it. If I was unsure of something, I could read the start of a chapter and understand it. This book, more often than not, leaves me more confused than when I started.
So back to what everyone else is saying about this book: it's missing patient examples with fine grain explanations of how to apply, often convoluted, steps to solving problems. I don't feel the material sticks as well when my own theory of the material is the only supporting information. I am sure the author thinks it's the teacher's sole responsibility to provide the details where they are not given in the book, but this is back to paragraph A) of my review. I have learned many programming languages and material by reading books, and I apply what I learned in those books to real world problems, or infer a solution to a problem from what I learned out of the book. Learning and understanding key concepts is the first step -- then maybe throw us into the hot water.
Go do yourself a favor and buy the Stewart book and see if you can find someone to print the homework problems assigned for you. In addition, the tutor's solutions have the full solutions to ALL of the problems in the book (even and odd), and the solutions are very well written. The solutions PDF has been the most valuable tool in cracking the enigma.
UPDATE: I am updating my review to include my professor, and friend's, feedback about this book. They recently switched from Stewart back to Hughes and many students are completely lost again.Read more ›
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I graduated college years ago and used this for over 3 semesters! I still refer to this book now believe it or not!Published 5 months ago by Christine Soto
Just working my way through this as exercise for an aging brain. Never mind the negative reviews from CC students, this is a brilliant text that gets better as it goes (I started... Read morePublished 6 months ago by whoiskermit
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The book was delivered promptly and was the book that is posted, but quite a few pages were folded.Published 16 months ago by Alex
Turns out I don't necessarily need the book for my calculus class so it just sits somewhere and I don't use it much.Published 16 months ago by Theodor Smith
Very good condition for 9 dollars. There's a little writting on the inside, but you know whatever. Super excited for calc 3!Published 18 months ago by Leah