- Hardcover: 1264 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley; 9 edition (August 14, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201531747
- ISBN-13: 978-0201531749
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.9 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second half of Thomas-Finney is devoted mainly to three-dimensional analytic geometry, multivariate calculus, and finally vector calculus. Partial derivitives, conic sections, vector-valued functions, and multiple integrals are just some of the topics covered in the second half. Here too, the book devotes ample time to examples and applications. The presentation of advanced concepts is top-notch.
The text is also interspersed with mathematical biography and sidebars that explain how to use CAS to help understand concepts. These are well presented and do not take away from the core math taught in the book.
I taught myself calculus during a summer using this book and without teacher intervention. It was the only one of five calculus textbooks that presented material clearly and simply enough to understand without outside help. In my mind, that's the highest compliment a math textbook can be given.
Some people have criticized this book as 'repetitive' and 'obvious' but I HEAVILY disagree. Calculus is a set of tools for approaching geometric problems. There are hundreds of tools in this book. My honors calculus professor had us working one sub-section of the book EVERY NIGHT, FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. In that time, we finished the entire book. I worked 4 problems EVERY NIGHT, FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. Later on, I attended MIT, and I was helping the freshmen in their calculus homeworks 5 years later FROM MEMORY! Meanwhile, the MIT students, who had less practice (one problem set per week) quickly forgot what they had learned! So I was helping the upperclassmen to remember their calculus, too !!
Calculus is the very last "bag of tricks" subject that is taught in most math curriculums. The theory behind integration and differentiation and other techniques are all there, in the Thomas and Finney book. The burden is on the reader to understand the theory, before they jump to the practicum. It's true that Thomas and Finney do not ask you to derive new theorems, but there is too much material to allow this in a 2-semester or 3-semester textbook.
I wonder how far people have gone after complaining that there was too much rote practice in this book. In my case, I enjoyed the book and completed a PhD in theoretical computer science.
Well, six years later, I took AP Calculus AB and I made a five on the test. Many factors went in to that. This is one of them.
This book feels very comfortable to read. The margins are very wide and there is a good space between the examples and the text.
Professors Finney and Thomas wrote so clearly. Precise and concise. Whenever I didn't understand what was going on in my AP class, this helped to clarify it better.
There are ample problems for you to practice and apply what you've learned.
It's a shame that this isn't really sold anymore. This is the best. If you can get a copy of this, keep it. So good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are so happy with this book! We are particularly pleased with the discussion of the difficulties in forming partial derivatives of dependent variables.Published 6 months ago by Peter Neilson
Get this book for reference to use along with your other calculus book(s). I have Thomas's 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9th editions of his books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John L
A classic calculus text. Calculus cannot be self-taught unless you are a genius. Am taking an on-line course that uses Stewart's 7th edition. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Whetstone Guy