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Schaum's Outline of Calculus, 5th ed. (Schaum's Outline Series) 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071508612
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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 5 edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071508619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071508612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Shaikh on June 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you know a little calculus, have taken it a while back or need to supplement your text, this book is very helpful. Plenty of problems to go through. Very helpful when trying to review for exams or GRE math subject test. If you have never taken any calculus, the explanations here are in outline form and will not help you understand much. This book covers Calc 1-2-3 in most undergrad requirements. If you are wanting to learn theory, there is almost none.
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This book's primary value is as a source of solved calculus problems. Although a concept discussion precedes each set of solved and supplemental problems, these discussions are extremely short, sometimes just a brief paragraph before problems are presented. The primary value of these discussions will be as a concise review for those already familiar with the areas covered.

Each of the fifty-nine chapters includes: 1) brief concepts discussions, 2) solved problems with fully-worked solutions, and 3) supplementary problems. The solved problems are excellent, providing a wide and comprehensive coverage of undergraduate calculus. However, the supplementary problems only provide answers, not fully worked solutions. Thus, readers who do not get matching answers may find it difficult to determine how the problem should be solved, Even if correct answers are obtained readers cannot be certain they approached the problem solution in the most appropriate manner. Thus, the supplemental problems provide little additional value beyond the traditional odd-numbered problems in typical class texts, for which answers without detailed solution steps are usually provided.

As with some other books of calculus problems, there are deficiencies in the solution approach to word problems involving dimensions. For example, in Chapter 20 although dimensions are given in the problem statements, the authors change to 'pure numbers' during the problem solution phase, leaving off dimensions until the final solution. This means there's no check that dimensions are being properly used during the problem solving process. The use of dimensionless numbers can make work 'cleaner', but it may also mask wrong answers. It always means that an additional check on the validity of a solution is missing.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Leon Gerber on December 2, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The kindle edition looks like it was typed in Word with all math in as a graphic created in Equation Editor, so unless you make the font size large, with little on each page, the text is interrupted by huge fractions. Also, some equations displays are very small. The book should be redone in a program that generates Latex, such as Scientific Worplace.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Math on September 26, 2011
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Unlike what some people say here , I do not think you will need another book when studying from this outline.This outline is all you will ever need.Like all branches of mathematics in order to learn Calculus you will need to see a lot of solved problems and do a lot of problems.A typical College Calculus textbook these days is over 1000 pages long, weighs over 4 pounds and is confusing as hell.There are a lot of titles available ,most of it completely useless.It is really amazing that Universities continue to use these expensive books , when a Schaum's book this good is available.The problem with the big expensive books is that they do not contain enough solved problems and the explanations are meant for someone who already knows the subject.This outline contains all imaginable topics in Calculus with the exception of line integrals , Stokes and Green Theorems (which is really Advanced Calculus).The last chapter is an introduction to Differential Equations.The supplementary problems are at the same level of difficulty as the solved problems and provide a good opportunity for the student to test his/her skill.I used to teach at a University which used Larson as the Calculus text , and it was a nightmare dealing with the book .The explanations were substandard and most of the problems in the book were too difficult to assign as homework.If you find your class textbook confusing , use this outline, it is the best Calculus book currently in print.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Hinesley on April 4, 2010
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I would definitely recommend this. Most chapters have 2-3 pages briefly summarizing concepts, which helped a lot. When they reference theorems or formulas, however, many times I've found that the section mentioned is nonexistent or unrelated to the topic. It doesn't detract from the book too much, unless this is your primary source for learning calculus (which it isn't intended to do anyways). All in all, I'm glad I got it. I like how brief each chapter is; great for review. It's very thorough, too.

I bought this so that I could do practice problems before my calculus CLEP test, but I've found myself reading and taking notes more than anything. A few misconceptions I got from my textbook were cleared up when taken from another angle, which this book provides. This book is especially helpful if you're under a deadline like I am.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rita Maraj on October 11, 2009
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I have been introduced to "Schaum's Outlines" by a University Professor who uses them for his classes. They provide excellent practice exercises to help the student who may be struggling in an area. The answers are provided in the back and step by step instructions accompany the problems.
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