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Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions (Available Titles CourseMate) 5th Edition

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Dr. Ron Larson is a professor of mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1970. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado and is considered the pioneer of using multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics, having authored over 30 software titles since 1990. Dr. Larson conducts numerous seminars and in-service workshops for math educators around the country about using computer technology as an instructional tool and motivational aid. He is the recipient of the 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association Award for CALCULUS, the 2012 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: AN APPLIED APPROACH, the 2011 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for PRECALCULUS: REAL MATHEMATICS, REAL PEOPLE, and the 1996 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for INTERACTIVE CALCULUS (a complete text on CD-ROM that was the first mainstream college textbook to be offered on the Internet). Dr. Larson authors numerous textbooks including the best-selling Calculus series published by Cengage Learning.

Dr. Bruce H. Edwards is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Florida. Professor Edwards received his B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College. He taught mathematics at a university near Bogotá, Colombia, as a Peace Corps volunteer. While teaching at the University of Florida, Professor Edwards has won many teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council Teacher of the Year, and the University of Florida Honors Program Teacher of the Year. He was selected by the Office of Alumni Affairs to be the Distinguished Alumni Professor for 1991-1993. Professor Edwards has taught a variety of mathematics courses at the University of Florida, from first-year calculus to graduate-level classes in algebra and numerical analysis. He has been a frequent speaker at research conferences and meetings of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He has also coauthored a wide range of award winning mathematics textbooks with Professor Ron Larson.

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  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate
  • Hardcover: 1360 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 5 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0538735503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0538735506
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Larson received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1970. At that time, he accepted a position with Penn State University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and currently holds the rank of professor of mathematics at the university. Ron is the lead author for over forty mathematics textbooks from 6th grade through calculus. Many of his texts, such as the 9th edition of is calculus text, are leaders in their markets.

Ron Larson is one of the pioneers in the use of multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics. He has authored multimedia programs that range from 1st grade through calculus. To help with the development of his textbooks and multimedia programs, Ron founded Larson Texts, Inc., which with its publishing wing, Big Ideas Learning, employs about 60 people. Ron's most recent new textbook series is called "Big Ideas Math". It is the first middle school mathematics series to adhere to the NCTM's new "Focal Points Curriculum".

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nash deVille on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book could provide a solid formal foundation when paired with an excellent instructor who will lecture in a way that brings the big picture together in the classroom. However, there is little here beyond highly formal presentations of theorems, proofs, and definitions with little-to-no discussion of the intuition behind the numbers. Worked examples generally assume total mastery of algebra and trigonometric identities. This is also true of the student solutions manual, where one would hope to find some of the missing links explained. Most students hitting Calculus I are fresh out of Precalculus from the prior semester or two, and would benefit from seeing the algebra and trig steps highlighted in worked examples and the student solutions manual. If your instructor is a "read from the book" type, you might like to find a supplemental textbook for reference during your study time. You'll also want to keep your old precalculus textbook handy, because the algebra & trig appendix and inside-cover quick reference guides in this book are sparse.

The text shows a formal description of lots of individual trees, but leaves it to the student to unify them into a picture of the forest.

The website calcchat.com is touted as a benefit to students; however, in the first month of my studies, I have visited the site several times only to find no tutors present even when the indicator claims they are there, and zero reply to questions submitted to email. Students, take note: the contents of the student solutions manual are available online at calcchat.com free of charge. At least there, you will definitely get your money's worth.

In summary, if you are the kind of student who can't stand it when professors show all the steps in a problem, then you might just love this textbook.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian Gordon on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There's a real elegance in math that I think, ironically, isn't captured "in the trenches" of solving problems. The elegance is in abstracting mathematical ideas and understanding them from multiple angles. The power of mathematics is in rigorous proof, but it's really all procedural knowledge without the complete picture that this approach paints, which instills abstract, associative thinking patterns that develop what brains do best.

This book is very attractive and well-presented. The graphs are clear, even 3D shapes and surfaces, and they never hesitate to throw in some diagrams to help explain or justify a claim graphically. It sounds like an insignificant distinction, but some of the other calc books are a mess and are harder to learn from, while this one is a pleasure just to read through. I mean really, you will be wowed by how well this book is organized and presented, and you can grasp concepts at a glance rather than muddling through equations. Each section has a long opener that introduces concepts very generally so you can keep in mind what you're trying to do as you learn them specifically.

This book takes a very wordy, prose approach to teaching concepts. Stewart and other books tend you define a concept just by the math behind it: the variables, the operations, and the equations. Apparently that's a very complete, satisfying definition for mathematicians, but for the engineers that this book is designed for, it's easier to learn by constructing equations from ideas than by deconstructing equations to figure out what the heck they're really doing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Booth on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love this calculus book. I transfered colleges once and ended up using Larson's at one and Stewart's at the other. In addition, I had to TA a course with Stewart's. I have to say that I think Larson's is more for geared to the Engineers and Science than Stewart's. However, I still think Larson's book works so much better on all majors at introducing Calculus to students that are new to college and have little background in theory. This is not a theory book. However, if the student is in the math field he will have plenty of time in his analysis series to learn all the theory.
The one part that this book and Stewart's book lack is where theory is needed more, Vector Calculus. For this part, I always recommend (and am trying to get the department to make standard) is Vector Calculus by Marsden.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fallen Cloud on February 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am the type of person that needs to see complex topics explained in writing in order to understand them. I purchased this book for my Calc 1 class because the assigned book for the class offered very little in the way of written explanations. I was quite pleased to find that the book was offered in Kindle format because it allowed me to start reading it immediately. After just one weekend, my understanding improved tremendously. However, I noticed things like the small text boxes that explained theorems, proofs, or really anything that wasn't exclusively text was too small to read. I adjusted the settings on my Kindle and my PC but to no avail. The formatting issues really became a problem when I got to the exercises at the end of each section. The font was so small that I could not see the problems to solve them. Calculus is definitely a subject that requires a lot of practice. I could not check my comprehension without being able to solve the problems at the end of each section.

I called Amazon's Kindle support. They were able to fix the exercises at the end of the sections fairly quickly, however, it was still nearly impossible to read the theorems. After waiting for over a week, I asked for a refund so that I could purchase the hardcover version of the book.

I cannot stress enough how helpful the content of the book is. I improved by two whole letter grades after I started using this book. I would highly recommend the book itself but I would warn against getting the Kindle version, at least until they work all the kinks out.
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