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Calculus for the Utterly Confused Paperback – July 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0070482616 ISBN-10: 0070482616 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Utterly Confused
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070482616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070482616
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

When it comes to understanding one of your most intimidating courses­­calculus­­even good students can be confused. Intended primarily for the non-engineering calculus student (though the more serious calculus student will also benefit), Calculus for the Utterly Confused is your ticket to success.

Calculus concepts are explained and applied in such diverse fields as business, medicine, finance, economics, chemistry, sociology, physics, and health and environmental sciences. The message of Calculus for the Utterly Confused is simple: You don't have to be confused anymore. With the wealth of expert advice from the authors, who have taught thousands of confused students, you'll discover a newer, clearer way to look at calculus. Don't wait another minute­­get on the road to higher grades and greater confidence, and go from utterly confused to totally prepared in no time!

About the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

More About the Author

I received the B.S. degree from Northeastern University and the Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University, all in physics. I have taught mathematics and physics at several colleges and universities including University of Minnesota, Northeastern University, University of Tampa and University of South Florida. I have also done research for Litton Industries, United Technologies, and NASA, where I developed the theoretical model for the first pressure gauge sent to the moon.
* My best selling kindle book is How to Solve Physics Problems. First published in 1997 this book just keeps selling and selling.
* Physics for the Utterly Confused, first piblished in 1999 is oriented to the non-calculus student.
* Calculus for the Utterly confused was also first published in 1999 and is in second edition.
* The Easy Way to Higher Grades, first published in 1976, was initially sold through college bookstores and display ads. Recently revised, this traditional best seller is now available on kindle at a very attractive price.
You might wonder why a physics prof. would write a book on how to study.
Very early in teaching I realized that many of my students did not know how to study efficiently so began giving study hints as part of my lectures. Students who had graduated began to tell me that the best thing they learned in my courses was how to study and urged me to write down what I had told them. This was the beginning of the book.
Reviews of all the books as well as teaching problems and audio-visual tutorials in physics and mathematics are available on my website www.rdoman.com

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is confusing in two ways: First, it launches into complex concepts, equations, problems and solutions without ever explaining the underlying fundamentals; the authors assume that the reader is already in command of many concepts and terms that would almost certainly escape a person who is "Utterly Confused" by calculus. Second, although the content of the book would be useful to a person who had successfully completed a formal education in calculus and was in need of a review, the authors chose to bill this book as a quick and easy way to understand the intricacies of calculus for those who have failed to grasp the basic fundamentals. They do a great disservice to the readers whom they dupe into buying this book by making false claims about its nature.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Based on the description of this book, I thought I could gain a better grasp of the subject, only to discover that I was more confused than when I started. New concepts are thrown out with no explanation and examples are obscure at best. To make things worse, the silly cartoon-like attitude of the book is insulting to anyone who's looking for a serious solution to their dilemma. The implication is that the material is as easy to understand as a child's book, but there is no help for those who don't immediately grasp the concepts. After completing a Calculus class (and feeling quite comfortable with the subject) I revisited the book and confirmed that it is a terrible presentation for those who are in fact "Utterly Confused". I have sent it unceremoniously to the local landfill.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billy Joyner on September 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
This little book is a terrific idea. However, it needed a careful editing before printing. The diagram on page 33 was not labeled. The answer on page 51 is wrong. The answer on page 55 contains an answer (t=533) that not only is wrong, but should have rung a bell with the authors when they got it. (The correct answer is 53.3, which can easily be verified.) This proves that using a hand calculator without thinking about what size the answer ought to be leads to embarassing errors. This actually is a very instructive example, but the conclusion that 27 years is the most appropriate time to harvest the forest has no supporting theory. At this frequency of errors, I expect to find more as I progress.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Y. Chen on August 6, 2009
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I graduated from college about 13 years ago. After working in the industry for around 9 years, my math is completely gone. When I decide to go back for a higher education, I found this good easy to read and it helps me refresh my memory in particular the basic concepts. It gives just enough amount of information for me to get my feet back on the ground. It lists useful laws, formula and when combining with examples, everything starts to make sense!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
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This is one of the most easy to understand and clear calculus books that I have read in a long time. It concentrates on some of the most used/practical subjects that most college students will need for their undergraduate studies. I have recommended this book to some of my friends and the reason for me writing this review is because I would like to let other "confused" readers know about how much of a big help this book has been.
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Unlike many other "beginner" books, this wonderful text takes the time to explain EVERY step that leads up to, then uses, calculus, from algebra to limits and beyond. The book is very unusual in showing graphing at every stage rather than deep abstraction and proofs. The examples are eclectic, from real estate and finance to physics and beyond. I create tutorials for online test prep in calculus, and no other text or support book comes close to this in the depth of explanations from every view (graphics, words, equations, examples) or painstaking intuitive comparisons. Even for professional engineers and mathematicians, the didactics of this little book are amazingly enlightening, and the examples show relationships BEHIND what the equations present, including why constants move a function in one direction or another and much more.

I know there are many reviews that show errors, and many were corrected between first and second edition, so be sure you get the second edition if you are buying used. There are still minor errors but they are "lost in the rounding" compared to the bigger picture of learning what is underneath the math in a way no other text takes the time to cover. Highly recommended.

If you're having a hard time separating negative from positive reviews, and this title is quite polarized, remember that negative reviewers have to meet the standard that this title is "so bad" that it isn't worth a penny, which is what this little gem is now going for! Also, take reviews pre 2007 (this edition) with a grain of salt, they are about another edition.
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