- Hardcover: 880 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (April 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132306336
- ISBN-13: 978-0132306331
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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reviews so far are specifically from students at my University I
decided to add my own view. (Note that I'm speaking strictly for
myself, not for my department or my colleagues, although I have no
reason to expect that they would seriously disagree.) We have used
this book and its predecessors for many years, and I like it because
it has just the right mix of applications and mathematical depth and
rigor. It has clear exposition and explanations, it does not take
shortcuts or dilute the material, it offers many excellent examples
and exercises, it is short (compared with other Calculus texts), and
it is essentially error free. The steps in the explanations are of
the size and kind that we expect our students to be able to follow or
figure out. In general, learning mathematics is a slow process.
There is no quick way to understand a new body of mathematics.
Working through any textbook at the current frontier of your
understanding is going to require a substantial amount of work. But
you want to learn not just Calculus, or how to solve certain types of
problems, you want to learn how to figure things out. You can do this
only by actually engaging in the process of figuring things out. As
part of this effort you want learn how to acquire new understanding by
working through difficult material. So if you have trouble
understanding this textbook I recommend that you stick with it and
talk with your instructor. Working through the textbook may take
initial effort but once you get into it will become easier, although
perhaps it will never become easy.Read more ›
I've been using the book for two semesters in a distance learning program. In this setting, where the reader needs to learn from the book rather than from an instructor, the book is inadequate. It's single strength - brevity - doesn't make up for its weaknesses: mystifying explanations, worked examples that omit important steps, and errors. Many times, this book made me laugh out loud when, after literally hours of effort, I finally understood what the authors were trying to communicate. There is no way I could have completed my classes had I not had Swokowski to refer to.
Beyond these weaknesses, the book is loaded with throw-away Horatio Algerisms ("Skill at this, like most worthwhile activities, depends on practice.") and hokey humor ("We have no desire to let this text suffer from the standard ailment of older texts, called `revisionitis.'") These give the book a dated, musty feel: it's as if you are looking back at how calculus used to be taught 40 years ago.
Finally, six weeks into the first semester, the binding failed, converting the book into an expensive, 900-page, loose-leaf folder. Overall, not a book I enjoyed spending time with.
I feel that this book in many ways is the best. Keep in mind, however, that this isn't saying much. For the most part, calculus (and math in general) textbooks are somewhat difficult to learn from. This stems from the fact that we students like to see lots of worked out example in order to "get" it (buy Schaum's outline or REA's Problem Solver for lots of worked examples). In many cases, a calculus book like this will give you, perhaps, one example for a given procedure and leave it to you to deduce the rest.
Still, I like the fact that this book contains the material for Calc. I, II, and III. If nothing else, it saves us some money.
One final comment: as another reviewer on amazon has already noted, the binding on this book is quite poor. I have seen many other students in my class with books in which the pages have started falling out. Perhaps Prentice Hall should provide us with a better binding for a hundred bucks.
Explaining mathematics is a bit of an art: you have to choose in what sequence things are to be layed out to the reader, so this means you have to choose how you will relate the explanations to one another. The Purcell I read (the 1st edition - it was my dad's) is quite masterfull at that. Often, when my college standard text got the explanations too verbose and confused, I looked for my Purcell copy and there it was, crystal clear: short, mathematically rigorous, to the point.
(I don't give 5s to any but very exceptional books)
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More than everything you ever wanted to know about calculus, fairly concise. Great seller!Published 4 months ago by LJohnson
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Not in the greatest of condition. But it was right for the price!Published 9 months ago by Austin Goodwin
This is a great solutions manual. It doesn't have all the solutions, just odd numbers as is common. But the big thing about it is it actually shows the steps to take to get the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amber Macintosh
It's exactly what my son needed for his calculus class. I ranked it at 3 because I don't know how "exciting" a calculus book is supposed to be.Published 12 months ago by Elliptichic