Calculus for the Utterly Confused (Utterly Confused Series)
  

Calculus for the Utterly Confused (Utterly Confused Series)

by McGraw-Hill
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When it comes to understanding one of your most intimidating courses--calculus--even 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 donÕt have to be confused anymore. With the wealth of expert advice from the authors who have taught many, many confused students, youÕll discover a newer, fresher, clearer way to look at calculus. DonÕt wait another minute--get on the road to higher grades and greater confidence, and go from utterly confused to totally prepared in no time! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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!

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The most confusing calculus book I have ever purchased September 17, 1998
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry I wasted my money September 8, 1999
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea-less than perfect execution 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most Intuitive Intros Anywhere November 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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I only wanted a quick refresher with a few examples. So, I have no problem with the author's approach to explaining calculus. The real problem is missing formulas where the author clearly intended formulas. So you get to the middle of an explanation and the formulas blank out then come back on a few lines later. (For example see the bottom of Page 33.) I checked the on-line version, and surprise! the formulas are missing there too. So McGraw-Hill can I get a summary of the errata? Or a more usable copy of the book? Or what? Amazon, can you help fix this?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful for refreshing old memory August 6, 2009
By Y. Chen
Format:Paperback
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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