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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: MANY REVIEWERS ARE CONFUSING EDITIONS!, May 9, 2013
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This is one of the best calculus textbooks ever written, with the most intuitive examples and illustration of any text out there. It is #2 in all the courses we survey, and in the top 3 of Library purchases for books with 1,200 pages or more. That said:

1. Make SURE you get the 7th edition, it is heavily revised.

2. Many of the reviews trash talking this book (it IS a five star text!) are due to purchasers not knowing what "hybrid" means. THE PAPERBACK VERSION OF THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT! A "hybrid" is a class that combines online with brick and mortar class attendance, and some publishers are now creating "hybrid" texts with some material integrated with the online LMS (learning management system of the school or teacher) and the text. NEVER BUY a HYBRID TEXT if you are not taking a class!

3. Some folks saw the price of this book, then bought the "paperback" at far less, from a third party on Amazon. THIS IS A BIG MISTAKE! If you get a hybrid book, and the third party is honest and says you don't get access codes, you'll be missing half the book in this case! Worse, if the book says "hybrid" you MUST get a second access code from the teacher who is giving the class-- DO NOT BUY a hybrid for self study!!

Sadly, the circus around this text is limiting the great value of the HARD COVER, COMPLETE text for self study. It is one of the best there is in gentle examples of derivative applications, even in multivariate and ODE forms. It's target is those who didn't do particularly well in HS calc, or never had any including limits, or are rusty, so please evaluate it on its own merits, not the mistaken hybrid reviews.

BTW Amazon is NOT ripping anyone off with this-- you just need to understand that hybrid MEANS incomplete! In many cases you can save money with a used paperback, but NOT HERE!!

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Initial post: Aug 12, 2013 3:05:25 PM PDT
BluJay says:
Is this book that they are selling a HYBRID OR A COMPLETE TEXT?

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 9:01:17 AM PDT
ian5576 says:
"1. Make SURE you get the 7th edition, it is heavily revised.",

I have both the 6th and 7th edition of this book and if by 'heavily revised' you are referring to the removal of the section on hyperbolics for the 7th then perhaps you are correct.

I don't understand the insanity in promoting garbage, maybe it is a sentimental thing or even indoctrination but this book is junk. I currently have Flanders text from the 80's, Anton's text from the 90's (excellent book!), Thompson's book from '10 (full of wonderful tidbits!), Adrian Banners, along with about a half dozen other 'non-essential' texts.

Stewart's is the bottom of the barrel for beginners and I only use it to warn students how unnecessarily difficult the standard texts have become today by comparing it to well written text books. Anton does a spectacular job, if you believe Stewart to be so great try Anton's and see the light.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 2:19:44 PM PDT
I don't believe anything, I'm quoting the use and Library statistics on the most popular texts. I guess most profs aren't as enlightened as you and hope they will try Anton at your suggestion, I sure will check it out!

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2014 6:37:37 PM PDT
Instructor manuals are given free at preptorial dot org, which is a FREE 501(c)3 charity, NOT SOLD-- and it is NOT our website, it is a 100% volunteer organization that provides free texts and software to families with autism, etc., and we've gotten many thank yous from Amazon users of this text for the free answers at Prep that are not available elsewhere. We promote it as part of Amazon Smile, which is a charity program AT Amazon, and requires validation of charity status. I'm sorry for you, because people with your anger, accusations and snap judgments only show that this is how THEY have been treated. But you're right, sure is easier just to accuse than actually checking, right? The point of the review is about hybrid texts, and from your comments it is clear you don't have a clue about what's being discussed here! --Angela
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