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Calculus With Analytic Geometry Hardcover – July, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0618141807 ISBN-10: 0618141804 Edition: 7th
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 1091 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Div; 7th edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618141804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618141807
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I can honestly say that this is the best textbook I have ever used in any subject whatsoever. I do not say this out of a love for Calculus, but out of an appreciation for how pedagogically sound this text is. All authors should strive for such clarity.
As stated, there is no text, in my opinion, more suited towards use in any introductory Calculus series, but this text is also ideal for self-study. The theory is presented in crystal clear fashion, and then multiple examples are given in order of increasing complexity. Each chapter culminates with a series of well-chosen problems and odd-numbered problems have answers in the back. For self-study, the latter detail is of most importance, yet it doesn't end there! A companion guide is also available (by Heyd) that works out, in detail, many of the odd-numbered problems.
The figures within the text are chosen well, so that they demonstrate the matter at hand. It is *NOT* the case that there are pictures just for the sake of pictures.
Short biographical sketches of important mathematicians who developed parts of the calculus are included in the relevant chapters, which I found interesting to read even though it certainly was not assigned reading! "Career Interview(s)" in which a person who has a career in applied mathematics gives a brief description of what they do are also included at the end of many chapters.
I have found the overall setup of the book exceptional in the order in which the chapters are presented and in the location of a multitude of important theorems and formulas that are in the front and back covers.
I should also mention that at the end of many of the chapters, a reference is made to a journal article or two "for further reading".
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Sa Chen on June 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Initially I did not like this book because I felt it was a bit too wordy. But then the wordiness is very helpful for a self learner. The examples and exercises are good too.The pace is neither too fast nor too slow. And it offers interesting websites articles for further studies. The graphs, pictures and colors are the best among all math books.
The only thing, but I can live with it, I did not like it is that the book is very heavy. Well, it really worths the money.
I hope more math books can be written and published so nicely. Studying math should not be just formulars and symbols. Colors and pictures are not just for high school, they should be there for serious math students and mathematicians too.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kelley on May 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have used this text teaching Calc I & II in high school and community college ... I would recommend no other text.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lano on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Every concept and example is explained with just the right amount of words and visual aids. The author has talent. The talent is his ability to pass the relevant information straight to the center of your brain, and the ability to bind the whole subject together.

In comparison, Stewart's Calculus book is just a compilation of information. With each new edition, Stewart adds more footnotes and side notes. The footnotes and side notes really only serve as a bandage to prevent the information of his book from falling apart.

While Larson is presenting us with a complete and beautiful product, Stewart is scrambling to keep his product at par.

Larson's book is the best all purpose high school and undergraduate book of it's kind. The website of the book is great and holds interesting additional information.

Some cons. The book is big heavy and expensive. Some key precalculus reviews are missing in the main book, however, they are available on the book's website.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is great. It has graphs on almost every single page (very helpful for the complex 3D graphs in multivariable Calculus, also known as Calc III) which keep alowing you to visualize the concepts. Proofs are presented for almost every theorem, and there is a very complete integration table in the back of the book. Primers for Algebra, Trig, and complex numbers are also provided for those who did not have a very strong background in these areas. The examples are full of real-life problems and word problems.
Overall, I rate this book with an A+. If you want to learn Calculus, and have good self study habits, this book is the one for you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Actuary Student on September 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the best Calculus book, or for that matter, one of the best text books I have ever studied. I transfered colleges and have had the opportunity to see other Calc books. This book (with the solution manual) explains the problems thoroghly and each problem section starts with the very easy, and the gradually moves into the challenging. It also works in real world applications to make your study of the subject much more interesting. I give the book an A+.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This calculus textbook extends to cover three years of calculus, providing valuable and pertinent information to real life situations. The text completely covers the four parts of calculus: limits, derivatives, integrals, and integrals. The book contains fourteen chapters of information, covering topics from differentiation to conics to vector analysis. Each section contains an introduction, a lesson demonstrating how to perform an operation or use an equation, illustrations and diagrams, and a number of exercises to practice what you have learned. The book also contains an appendix, summarizing the most important information in the book. It goes over the important lesson, and once again contains practice exercises. The answers to all of the odd-numbered problems of the exercises are contained in the back of the book. Overall, this textbook contains a plethora of luscious information, and I would highly recommend it to any calculus student or teacher.
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