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Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Loose Leaf) (Budget Books) Second Edition Edition

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  • Series: Budget Books
  • Loose Leaf: 1050 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Second Edition edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429260165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429260169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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The Positives:

The problems in the text book are pretty well organized. Some problems just focus on the mechanics to give you practice applying a typical calculation, such as finding the derivative of a curve. Other problems focus more on conceptual understanding (which I like). The problems scale in difficulty as you complete the chapter exercises. Another plus.

The Negatives: (why I gave 1 star)

The author seems to have forgotten that the people reading this book are in college and are learning this information. Many are seeing it for the first time. Most college courses are taught by a TA and are about 50 minutes a few days a week. So the TA does not have the luxury of expanding and spending 20 minutes to explain one idea. So we are reliant on our text book for that. Unfortunately, the author provides the simplest of examples, skips lots of steps while arriving at the answer, and doesn't really walk you through the problem-solving approach required. So you see this simple example, which after going through a few times you can understand, then you are turned to the chapter exercises. The exercises ramp up instantly in difficulty and you are left struggling to solve the problems. The odd problems are usually completely different than the evens, so you can't even look at one of the odds for guidance. If you are lucky to find one that might help you solve a problem, you turn to the back of the book to find you only have the answer and not the solution. I am aware a solution manual exists, but even that is questionable and incomplete.
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This book is more than likely the worst Math book I have ever had to use. I am actually supplementing this book with Stewarts Calculus Early Transcendentals. As a student (an adult one at that), I find the Rogawski book is an evil trick to play on your students. If you are an instructor reading this book consider this (with respect): More than likely you have a PHD in Mathematics and understand where the author is going with the concepts and formulas in calculus. Many of your students do not. The First Chapter 2.1 deals with slopes and limits. Why not just out right tell us (as Stewarts book does) that this will deal with derivatives? Why does Rogawski teach rates of change and not mention derivatives even once, and then he jumps into limits (I do understand the connection, but still)! The placement of 2.1 makes no sense to me at all! I would have bombed this semester had I not accidentally purchased a used copy of Stewarts book thinking my school was going to continue using Stewart. Switching to Rogawski was a bad idea. !
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At some point in your educational pursuits, you'll stumble upon a textbook that is so unintuitive, poorly organized, and nondescript that you will find yourself hating that subject you're studying. *This is that textbook*. It throws new concepts at you without ever describing them, poorly steps through problem solving processes without showing intermediate steps, and generally does a horrible job at teaching you anything. You're going to spend a lot of time searching the internet for explanations that this book is supposed to give you.
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Does not explain anything clearly. Only buy it if you are required to do the problems from the book for homework. There are TONS of Youtube videos, websites that explain these concepts in a much more clear and concise manner. Also, this book leaves many key concepts out, skips important steps, and just has too many errors.
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Some of the reviewers here have left good reviews because the book arrived like new or something else that doesn't actually describe the book itself. That said, this book is awful for learning calculus. I learned much more from my high school calculus book than I have from this at a college level. The examples are explained poorly and are way too few. There are definitely many more books that are good for learning Calculus; this, however, is not one of them.
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This book is required for Calculus I, II, and III at my university...unfortunately. The book is very vague, containing few examples and fewer explanations. It's truly as if it was designed so that one could NOT learn from it. As far as I can tell, the book is a standardized set of thousands of homework problems with a few unhelpful illustrations in between.

One semester of calculus, I had a useless instructor, and I ended up trying to teach myself from this book. It was the most difficult thing I had ever done. If you don't have a good teacher, do yourself a favor and buy another book to learn from. Trust me, this is not a good textbook. The brief "lessons" at the beginning of each chapter have little to do with what you learn in class and even less with the provided homework problems. I honestly wish colleges would stop using this book.

**Also, avoid this pitfall: I bought what I THOUGHT was this book from a private seller through Amazon. Turns out it was only the first eleven chapters (the cover says "Single Variable"). Make sure you're getting the right book. If you're only taking Calculus I and II, you can get the same Single Variable Calculus book for $35.**
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This book is in depth and very thorough, I'll give it that, but it's explanations are very cofusing and not in plain English, just like most calculus books. I'm very good at math, and this book (along with the high school textbook I used) didn't help me at all. They just gave me a referrence for equations that I needed to remember. My calculus professor did a much better job of skipping the barely applicable theory and notation and jumped right to the actual problems of calculus - how to derive equations, solve integrals, etc. This book is only useful if you want to understand every little precise detail of calculus and how the mathematicians really discovered it. Most people, even people majoring in math like me, don't care about that - they want to know the process but ALSO the end result. Two stars for being in-depth and giving me useful equations, but none for clearly explaining calculus concepts.

They should have put simple derivation rules in bold or something to highlight the quick way to understand the fundamental theories in calculus (Note I didn't say fundamental theorEMS - though that would have been helpful too.)
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