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Not that helpful for trying to teach yourself,
This review is from: Brief Calculus: An Applied Approach (Hardcover)
This book assumes a knowledge that not everyone will have. It has an algebra/pre-calc review section, but the review is very basic (ie what an exponent is). The problems require you to remember about negative exponents and cube roots and whatnot.
The explanation parts are very simple and the problems are much more complex.It's hard to make the connection, and the answers in the back don't explain anything. (Don't buy the solutions manual - it's not any more help.) The answers are also simplified in inconsistent ways, so it's sometimes hard to use even if you have the problem right. Calculus for Dummies was more helpful, and explains a little better. It's still not as in depth as the problems in Brief Calculus, though.
(Sidenote: I'm "trying to teach myself" because my professor is incomprensible and has illegible writing as well.)
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Initial post: Apr 7, 2011 9:18:54 AM PDT
I agree this is terrible book! Problems are much harder than examples which are only couple per each section! Don't buy it unless you are required to get one for your class!
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