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Student Solutions Manual, Single Variable for Calculus: Early Transcendentals 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321664105
ISBN-10: 0321664108
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (July 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321664108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321664105
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AMNorse on August 6, 2012
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The primary text that this solutions manual accompanies is a nightmare, so my condolences if you are stuck with it. However, the one possible glimmer of hope to be seen through this text are the problem sets. They are often extremely difficult, contain material not covered in the section they accompany, and focus heavily on algebraic reductions that are not demonstrated anywhere but in the solutions manual.

That means that if you want to learn calculus with this text, you won't be reading the book, you will be reading this manual. Seeing the problem worked out is actually a better learning aid than most of the "examples" covered in the primary text.

Unfortunately, in the same way that the primary text is lacks accessibility, the solutions manual is utterly devoid of written explanation. Problems are worked once, as if copied from a homework notebook, and never is another thought given to explaining them. Sometimes steps are skipped, but with enough effort you can figure out what happened. Furthermore, the text itself looks like a publisher's proof copy. It's printed on what feels like very cheap paper and has a featureless cover that a blue-tinted miniaturization of the primary text's cover.

That said, and as miserable a situation as it is, this book is utterly necessary for the text. Unless you feel like spending hours on algebraic minimization (rather than the calculus you're trying to learn), this is the only way to see if your answer is anywhere approaching correct.

Buy it because you must and get what you can out of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex B on August 27, 2013
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This solution manual covers Ch 1-11 "Single Variable" of Calculus by Briggs Cochran. I am now looking for Ch 12-15 "Multivariable"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fastcamaross on July 18, 2012
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I have just completed the single variable portion of the textbook that goes with this. Certain parts, mostly in Calc 1 chapters I can get away with only a brief solution they give and make due. Certain chapters in the Calc 2 portion however, they skip many steps which I can only assume they think you should know how to do. That becomes troublesome when you are learning it the first time and would like a thorough solution to try and compare to. I had many of times where a tutor in our tutoring center and I sat and had to decipher how and where they got their answers from, although most times they do work out. Some sections though, the writer of this manual does their own style and the resulting answers are different from how we solve it in our class.

Just keep in mind this will not show all steps for problems and they solve it in their own methods. It is a good comparison tool none the less and I am glad I had it to use, especially late at night. It's not the best, but is is something better than just the answer key in the back of the book. I'll probably be purchasing the multivariable version to finish out this book if that tells you anything, so good luck to you! Tip for success with Calc would be to check YouTube for videos on the section you are working on, you can maybe gain some clarity and pair that with solution manual for a good chance at solving problems you are stuck on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stormcaller on August 16, 2013
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This solutions guide is okay overall, but could be a lot better. I found an error for about every 1 in 30 homework problems I did in this book, which is a fairly poor error rate. Not all of the solutions agree with the textbook in their format, either, which can be good in some instances (if your answer is in a different format from the book's), but can also be confusing. Some solutions are unnecessarily long, while others leave out very important parts. The much too long solutions are things similar to when you draw a table and substitute an x-value into an equation and write down the corresponding y-values for the output; this is helpful, but takes up a lot of room. Other solutions leave out several steps between each of the steps written in the solution. I'm fairly adept with algebra and have noticed the solutions sometimes leave out 4-5 complete algebraic steps within the solutions. This wasn't too terrible for me, but I've also worked as a calculus tutor. The students I've tutored had immense trouble figuring out the missing algebraic steps in the solutions guide, which is a terribly frustrating experience for everyone.

Being that this is the only solutions guide for the book, it's a must have companion to the text. However, it is poorly formatted and wastes lots of space that could have been used more productively. So, order it because you need it, but don't expect a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Galvin on February 18, 2014
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I bought this manual because the book only has the solutions to the odd numbered problems. None of the other reviews seem to address this, which makes me wonder if it's common knowledge, but this manual also only has the solutions to the odd problems. The only difference between it and the book is that it shows the work behind the solutions. This is the reason I gave it three stars (it's okay) instead of two; if you are stuck on an odd problem the manual can be useful. Having said that, if I had the decision to make again I would not buy it, even used. I am going to keep it though, because at $15 and it's not worth the hassle of returning.
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