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

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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: 6.8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Robert Farrell on 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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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joseph T. Oettinger on 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.


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
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jay Gregg on 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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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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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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