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Quick Calculus: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Daniel Kleppner , Norman Ramsey
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October 28, 1985 0471827223 978-0471827221 2nd
Quick Calculus 2nd Edition A Self-Teaching Guide Calculus is essential for understanding subjects ranging from physics and chemistry to economics and ecology. Nevertheless, countless students and others who need quantitative skills limit their futures by avoiding this subject like the plague. Maybe that's why the first edition of this self-teaching guide sold over 250,000 copies. Quick Calculus, Second Edition continues to teach the elementary techniques of differential and integral calculus quickly and painlessly. Your "calculus anxiety" will rapidly disappear as you work at your own pace on a series of carefully selected work problems. Each correct answer to a work problem leads to new material, while an incorrect response is followed by additional explanations and reviews. This updated edition incorporates the use of calculators and features more applications and examples. ".makes it possible for a person to delve into the mystery of calculus without being mystified." --Physics Teacher

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A self-instructional guide for students who need additional help with calculus, or working professionals who need to brush up on the fundamentals. Uses a unique insured learning format that lets readers work at their own pace, with frequent reviews, quizzes, examples, exercises, and problems with answers. Treats the elementary techniques of differential and integral calculus with a preliminary review of algebra and trigonometry. Emphasizes technique and application. Includes many numerical exercises on the pocket calculator and microcomputer.

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Quick Calculus 2nd Edition A Self-Teaching Guide Calculus is essential for understanding subjects ranging from physics and chemistry to economics and ecology. Nevertheless, countless students and others who need quantitative skills limit their futures by avoiding this subject like the plague. Maybe that’s why the first edition of this self-teaching guide sold over 250,000 copies. Quick Calculus, Second Edition continues to teach the elementary techniques of differential and integral calculus quickly and painlessly. Your "calculus anxiety" will rapidly disappear as you work at your own pace on a series of carefully selected work problems. Each correct answer to a work problem leads to new material, while an incorrect response is followed by additional explanations and reviews. This updated edition incorporates the use of calculators and features more applications and examples. "…makes it possible for a person to delve into the mystery of calculus without being mystified." —Physics Teacher

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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd edition (October 28, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471827223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471827221
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to offer a good working knowledge quickly September 26, 2002
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book as a supplement for getting a better understanding of the math for a computer algorithms analysis course. The course relys heavily on an understanding of calculus to analyze growth rates of functions and function derivitives but it didn't go into a lot of depth of why the math works giving derivations, etc. It mostly assumed that the reader had already been exposed to calculus and was only offering a refresher. I've already read through half of the book and while there are some errors in the text, there isn't anything that can't be reconciled.

The book uses programmed learning so you can systematically skip in depth explainations of practice problems if you don't need them. The two main branches of calculus are covered: differential and integral. The material is initially introduced informally and uses graphical explanations (when possible) that really help the material sink in faster. After the main themes are explained, the material is formally defined and offers derivations in the appendices for those who are interested in them. I've found this method helps to distill the purpose of the calculus from the complexity of the equations and terminology.

There is a refresher for graphing linear equations, essential trigonometry, and exponentials/logarithms. The material is given adequate explaination in order "make the jump" to the key concepts of calculus. I've found the text easy to read both in terms of the author's teaching style as well as having crisp text with a large font. A full chapter, designed as an in depth review of both branches of calculus, is included to solidify your understanding of the material as well as offer a context of applying calculus to real world problems.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick fix for mathphobes November 19, 2005
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I used the 1st edition of this book to prepare myself to take courses in chemical thermodynamics, kinetics and electrochemistry in 1979 after I began my Ph.D. program in Geology at Michigan State University. I had taken one college course in calculus eight years prior and did not perform well. The book is well named, I was "quickly" up to a level where I had no problem with the math in physical chemistry, and I did quite well in these courses. I found myself wondering why calculus had been so "hard" as an undergraduate as it certainly was not presented in a difficult manner in "Quick Calculus". Now, many years later with 6 years in industry and more than 17 years experience teaching at the university level, I am of the opinion that most math faculty in universities simply are very poor teachers of mathematics. It is significant that the authors of this fine book are both physicists (one a Noble Prize winner). This is as it should be because the calculus was invented, more than 300 years ago, specifically to solve very applied problems in the physical sciences. I would not expect such a book as "Quick Calculus" from a pure mathematician. I have recommended the book to numerous students who needed a review of calculus, or who, like me, failed to learn it the first time in their university courses. In fact I just recommended it to a student today and was checking to see if the book was available at Amazon, and decided to write this review.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the excellent. September 2, 2012
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I've just finished reading Quick Calculus ed2. It's a GREAT self-teaching guide by two physicists, one a Nobelist.

It's only defect is a number of errors (19) in the text.
I kept a list of the errors, and I found 2 websites with similar lists.

I and many others think IT'S THE VERY BEST CALCULUS SELF TEACHING GUIDE. Use the list, but DON'T LET IT KEEP YOU FROM READING THE BOOK - IT'S GREAT!

Here's the list:
1. p32, frame 60, answer to tan φ question is b/a, noy a/b
2. p107, frame 206, d/dx(u/v) = vu'- uv'/v^2, not uv'- vu'/v^2
3. p111, frame 211, reference should be to Appendix A5, not A4
4. p119, frame 226, reference should be to Appendix A8, not A9.
5. p120, frame 228, should read "If right, go to 231."
6. pp148-9, the same constant is called D0 in box 287, D in box 288.
7. p149, frame 288, t = 1/c ln cD/B should be t = -1/c ln cD/B
8. p164, frame 310, 1/2 sqrt(u) should be 1/(2*sqrt(u))
9. p164, frame 312, last line should be -cos 3x, not cos 3x
10 p166, frame 316, solution is ln(x^2+4)+c, not ln(sqrt(x^2+4))+c
11. p173, frame 330, No option listed is correct. Answer is -15.
12. p186, frame 354, In the first equation, and subsequently on the page, the x has been mistakenly omited from Δx. It's an distracting ommision when new material is being introduced.
11. p187, frame 355, there should be two terms y2 in the line that has the 2Δ/6 in it;
it should read (2Δx/6) (y0 + 4 y1 + y2 + y2 + 4y3 + y4 + ...)
12. p188, frame 357, should be I = ∫x^3dx not I = ∫x^4dx
then result is 2500, not 20,000 (1/4 x^4 over interval 0 to 10)
13. p189, frame 358, using Simpson's rule gives 2500 not 2501.33
14. p202 frame 378, last equation should end with dy]dx, not dx]dy
15.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors! August 23, 1998
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Format:Paperback
Unfortunately, I found this book (2nd edition) to be full of errors, which is quite frustrating when you are learning (or re-learning) the subject matter. It appears as if the book was not edited thoroughly. As an example, the formula for the quotient rule of differention given on page 102 is distinctly different from the same rule given just five pages later on page 107. Many other examples exist.
Calculus is hard enough as it is--I can't recommend this book to others until the multiple mistakes are corrected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic self-teaching guide for Calculus
It has been around forever and for good reason. Concise. Not cluttered by gratuitous 'proofs'. Best used by science majors that need to USE calculus; not dissect it.
Published 6 months ago by Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Calculus Review
A good book, but I wouldn't have gotten thru it without the aide of the videos on the Khan Academy.com
It's a good book in conjunction with other books and a math... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shane Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea with too many errors.
If you have never taken calculus or want to quickly review some fundamentals this is a good book. The book is a self teaching guide which works out the answers for you if you are... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leeber Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to get a high school student ahead
I used the first edition of this book to teach myself calculus in high school because it wasn't offered at my school. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Timbeaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book
I bought this book from Aamazon new and it arrived in pristine condition, no complaints there. About the book itself, I've only made it so far through the trig section (I ordered... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Discordian93
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
I have read many books on Calculus and this book explains it all succinctly. It is as efficient in its brevity as it is in its clarity.

Highly recommended.
Published 13 months ago by Clink Sage
4.0 out of 5 stars Teach yourself
This book gives a quick walk through Cslculus. I am still working my way to the end. I like how the book is arranged with different frames of information. Read more
Published 15 months ago by T. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Calculus: A Self-Teaching Guide
The book arrived in a very short time, after it had been ordered, and it was in "like new" condition. Read more
Published on July 25, 2011 by mrmawg
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Calculus
This book came very highly recommended to me by a friend. I purchased the book because I was having a hard time with Calc 2 at UMCP. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars satisfactory
I bought this book for my son who is going to college this coming April. I received the item earlier than the amazon-notified date. The condition of the book was good. Read more
Published on February 16, 2011 by hattoton
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Definitely concur; this is an outstanding book. Although a second edition, it has more than the usual number of errors; thankfully, most are obvious and catching them may even give readers the sense they're really understanding the material. The reason it's probably less popular than it should... Read More
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