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Calculus for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences (11th Edition) 11th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132328180
ISBN-10: 0132328186
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About the Author

Raymond A. Barnett, a native of California, received his B.A. in mathematical statistics from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. in mathematics from the University of Southern California.  He has been a member of the Merritt College Mathematics Department, and was chairman of the department for four years. Raymond Barnett has authored or co-authored eighteen textbooks in mathematics, most of which are still in use.  In addition to international English editions, a number of books have been translated into Spanish.  Co-authors include Michael Ziegler, Marquette University; Thomas Kearns, Northern University; Charles Burke, City College of San Francisco; John Fuji, Merritt College; and Karl Byleen, Marquette University.

 

Michael R. Ziegler received his B.S. from Shippensburg StateCollege and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.  After completing post doctoral work at the University of Kentucky, he was appointed to the faculty of Marquette University where he currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.  Dr. Ziegler has published over a dozen research articles in complex analysis and has co-authored eleven undergraduate mathematics textbooks with Raymond A. Barnett, and more recently, Karl E. Byleen.

 

Karl E. Byleen received the B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Nebraska.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science of Marquette University.  He has published a dozen research articles on the algebraic theory of semigroups.

 

Why We wrote This Book:

This text is written for student comprehension. Great care has been taken to write a book that is mathematically correct and accessible.  We emphasize computational skills, ideas, and problem solving rather than mathematical theory.  Most derivations and proofs are omitted except where their inclusion adds significant insight into a particular concept.  General concepts and results are usually presented only after particular cases have been discussed.  Graphing calculators and computers are playing an increasing role in mathematics education and in real-world applications of mathematics.  This books deals with the mathematics that is required to use modern technology effectively as an OPTIONAL feature.  In appropriate places in the text, there are clearly identified examples and exercises related to graphing calculators and computers, illustrations of applications of spreadsheets, and sample computer output. All of these may be omitted without loss of continuity.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 11 edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132328186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132328180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wade Johnson Jr. on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As an engineer, professor of engineering and high school mathematics teacher, which included teaching AP Calculus and Business Calculus at the High School level, this book was disappointing. It has too many calculus topics and very little discussion of how to apply calculus to real world problems, in business, and other areas.

For example, there is a very long discussion, over twenty pages, of l'Hopitals rule and its variations. Classic calculus books by Thomas, for example, cover l'Hopitals rules in three of four pages, and business applications books such as Larson's "Brief Calculus", don't even mention the topic.

Business and other students only need to learn how to take the derivative of a few, basic functions, and then, more important, apply the derivative concepts to finding, for example, the price that maximizes profits or revenues.

This is really a Calculus book, not a Calculus applications book. Picking the important topics out of the over six hundred pages is left to the teacher. No wonder most teachers develop their class notes from a few, selected, and most important topics from the typical, mathematics text books written today.

Oh, for the good old days when mathematics text books were a couple of hundred pages long and every page covered an important topic with good explanation and only a few, not a hundred and fifty problems, on each topic for the student to practice. This is not meant to criticize this book per se, it is typical of too many mathematics texts written today. Maybe some authors will be encouraged by this review to write a text for business applications that is truly a business applications book... Concise on mathematics topics and strong on their applications.
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A good book and suggestable for classroom text. Only suggestions I can give is the use of the TI-84+ calculator is required for best effect and to avoid trying all the problems provided as it does take an enormous amount of time.
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I have been putting off taking this class for four years. I think it was because I never had a good math text book before. The examples in this book are really easy to understand and the exercises are really helpful for studying. If your a professor reading this review I can say for sure that this is the best math textbook that I have ever had.
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This book was formulated with the help of a math program. There are some violations the program failed to overlook in the answers, resulting in a handful of wrong answers to problems in the back. It also skips a lot of steps and doesn't explain how it reached them, which is what one expects from a computer calculated problem.

So don't expect a ton of hand holding when problems are presented, which defeats the purpose of an educational calculus book to begin with. You'll be spending a lot of time crossing out or working through EXAMPLE problems that haven't been fully fleshed out. Good lord.
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By S. Majocha on November 21, 2012
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I bought this book to help me with my calculus class but it wasn't the one required for the class. I did however obviously buy the book that was required but this one was less helpful. Maybe it was just the author. You can buy it and see for yourself, because different people learn different ways. I did use it sometimes but not all the time.
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When I was assigned questions from this textbook I often had very little idea of what I was doing. Fortunately, not only are the answers to the odd questions in the back of the book, but the odd questions are completely worked out in the back of the book. This helped with the even questions too, as many of the even questions had odd questions that were very similar.
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I own the 9th edition of the title; nevertheless, I feel compelled to warn readers of the following:

Many math books come with a companion website, which should be available as long as the textbook is available for purchase somewhere. I mean, it's only fair you get your money's worth if the title includes a website. However, Prentice Hall decided to take down the companion websites of previous editions. I don't know about the newer edition, their 11th as I write this review on August 2010, but in the 9th edition, you're stuck with no companion website, which contained valuable information.

I had the fortune to download all I could that was available when the site was up, so i have the material, to an extent. Now Prentice Hall is sided with Pearson and other higher education providers, as they are calling them, to SELL you what was once offered for free. Bottom line, you can't find the free companion website anywhere anymore.

Don't get me wrong, the book offers a much more straightforward approach than Waner and Costenoble's Applied Calculus and other titles; their sites are up to my knowledge as far back as the 2nd edition when they're well into their fifth edition, as I write on August, 2010; but give me a break with the money making leeches at Prentice Hall and their said partners. I know education is expensive, but this outright sucks ass. At Pearson's website, which eventually links you there when you type in their now inexistent companion website, you see this old lady teacher, as if it was so cute to sell you all the complimentary material starting at more than 20 bucks each up to more than 100 bucks for their latest cash machine. It makes me want to optimize a beat down to these sophists.
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