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Difficult, but thought provoking
on October 15, 2010
This is one of the two books that we use for AP Calculus A/B and i find that it is a pretty decent textbook. We use the older second edition, but I have scanned through this edition and it seems to be pretty similar. I do agree that the examples do not completely reflect the difficulty of the problems, but this can also be viewed positively because it forces you to apply the concepts to in more complex ways and this really maked you to understand the topic in depth. I also like that for most concepts, they give both abstract and "number" examples and practice problems. In addition to this book, we also use the Stewart Calculus book for some simpler practice, or when alot of repetitive problams work better. In all, I would give this a 4- star rating if possible, because more simple problems would add to the book. Also, this book is not good to learn from on your own so a poor teacher will compound the problems mentioned above. If you have a good teacher, though, this book is for the most part good.