Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0073309446
ISBN-10: 0073309443
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3 edition (March 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073309443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073309446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By WesZ344 on February 9, 2013
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The college I am taking classes through required this book. Why, I don't know. They must receive monetary incentive from the publisher. The concepts are arranged well enough, but I expect more straightforward depth from a text book. Often in an example the authors leave it to the student to work through the mechanics of a calculation, usually utilizing a technique that is new to the student. "We leave it as an exercise to prove that..." or "Can you think of a reason that f(x) is undefined <1?". That would be well and good if they eventually offered an explanation, but they don't. Also the authors seem to think it's trivial to make a leap from the simple to overly complex. Any student returning to Calculus after a few years break will find that jump frustrating.

The exercises at the end of each section have plenty of depth. So much so that there isn't always an odd numbered problem that is similar to the even numbered problems (nor an example in the section text for that matter). This leaves the student going to another source for to work through a problem. This is a text book, it should be the only source that I ever need.

The Student Solution Manual is riddled with missing exponents, and dropped coefficients. Plus it almost never provides enough steps to show the student how to work through the problem. And of course it only covers the odd numbered problems.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on May 19, 2014
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While I have read other reviews panning this book, as a Calculus teacher I think it is great. I don't understand why some have stated that it leaves out parts of solving examples. Of course it leaves out trivial steps that, for Calculus students, should already have been learned prior to taking a Cal class. If you are looking to teach yourself Calculus and are not a good math student perhaps you should look at a high school level text before attempting any college level text including this one. However, if you are taking Calculus in college and you struggle with this book and its materials, perhaps you should consider taking a different class that is more aligned with your current mathematical abilities and then try Calculus and this text. If you have taken those classes and this book still doesn't make sense to you, be mad at your past teachers for not preparing you for Calculus...don't be mad at this excellent text book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nomad on January 22, 2015
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This book seems to be absolutely awesome if you are a smart young kid taking your AB and BC in High School. If you have been doing your math homework studiously for your entire life up to that point, then this book helps to take your reasoning up to another level. As many reviewers have already stated, it leaves out many intermediate steps in a solution or even in explaining the reasoning behind something. This keeps an attentive, sharp young mind focused and helps to push their limits. If you read more advanced works, a lot of times authors are talking at level 3, 4, or beyond on the "page," assuming that you are at their level. Therefore, this book is great preparatory material for young high achievers.

Unfortunately, this is also a drawback if you are an adult finally taking your Calc 2 and 3 classes. As a smart adult, ideas come easy for you. That's your advantage versus a kid. However, math is like working out. If you are out of shape, and/or your past preparation in High School and College was not the best, then this book will smack you hard. Most adults have many years separating their preparation. You forget some tricks. It can't be helped. It really isn't practical "restarting" your math sequence from Pre-Calc on up when you are 30, 40, etc. Simply having worked out examples in depth will trigger memories and techniques or show how "smart" people would solve the problem. Spending more time explaining the ideas behind what is being done will help an adult or self-learner gain confidence in what they are learning while reacquiring lost skills. If the verbiage becomes too much, then as an adult you have excellent skimming skills, but at least it is there if you need it. This book is enormous! I have calculus books that cover the same material in nearly half the size.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Soki on June 29, 2011
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This book was very difficult to follow when studying on my own. The examples are short with not much explanation. I love calculus, but not this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on May 14, 2015
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if your course is using this book I suggest finding a different course. Examples don't match with even problems so unless you are very strong in math you will be lost. Why do these math books continue to show the work for the simple problems and then go to complex problems on the odd problems that don't give the answers or solutions, very frustrating. these are definitely not teach dyi books. Have a mix of both complex and simple problems. Give us a chance by using some complex problems in the odd problems. To all others who have this book good luck!

As far as the seller this book was shipped promptly and I had excellent service, just wish the product was better.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John J. Kosequat on April 18, 2012
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As someone with experience in Calculus before using this book I find this one to be incredibly difficult to learn from. The text constantly jumps from simpler forms of the equations to overly complex ones without bridging the gap in between. The concepts do not follow an easy to understand flow. The worst part I find is the problem answer book, this book does not show adequate work to explain how any answers were arrived at and turns out very confusing where they derive their answers from. Overall very lazy writing was put into this book and I would not suggest it as a teaching material.
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