- Series: Princeton Lifesaver Study Guides
- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691130884
- ISBN-13: 978-0691130880
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Calculus Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Excel at Calculus (Princeton Lifesaver Study Guides) 1st Edition
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"Banner's style is informal, engaging and distinctly non-intimidating, and he takes pains to not skip any steps in discussing a problem. Because of its unique approach, The Calculus Lifesaver is a welcome addition to the arsenal of calculus teaching aids."--MAA Online
"This rather lengthy book serves as an excellent resource as well as a text for a refresher course in single-variable calculus, and as a study guide for anyone who needs or is required to know basic calculus concepts....Readers will find this book written for them, as calculus is presented in a very casual conversational tone; certainly, students who are not mathematics majors will benefit greatly."--J.T. Zerger, Choice
"Students who are having difficulty in calculus could use it as a resource in addition to their professor and teaching assistant."--Mathematics Teacher
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"I used Adrian Banner's The Calculus Lifesaver as the sole textbook for an intensive, three-week summer Calculus I course for high-school students. I chose this book for several reasons, among them its conversational expository style, its wealth of worked-out examples, and its price. This book is designed to supplement any standard calculus textbook, thus my students will be able to use it again when they take later calculus courses. The students in my class came from diverse backgrounds, ranging from those who had already seen much of the material to others who were struggling with basic algebra. They all uniformly praised the book for being one of the clearest mathematics texts they have ever read, and because it reviews the required prerequisite material. The numerous worked-out examples are an ideal supplement to the lectures. The only difficulty in using this book as a primary text is the lack of additional exercises in the text. However, there are so many sites and sources for calculus problems that this was not a problem. I would definitely use this book again."--Steven J. Miller, Brown University
"Banner's book is a chatty, user-friendly guide to calculus that will be a useful addition to the resources available to students. Banner does an exceptionally thorough job while maintaining an engaging style."--Gerald B. Folland, author of Advanced Calculus
"This is an engaging read. Each page engenders at least one smile, often a chuckle, occasionally a belly laugh."--Charles R. MacCluer, author of Honors Calculus
"This book is significant. The author's attempt to give an 'inner monologue' into the thought process that is needed to solve calculus problems rather than just providing worked examples is novel and is in line with his purpose of helping the reader get a deeper understanding of calculus. The book is well written and the author's examples are clear and complete."--Thomas Seidenberg, Phillips Exeter Academy
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This is one of the best books to learn the intricacies of calculus, I have come across. Banner takes you step by step through the complexity of solving the problems. His explanations are very clear and the solutions are provided for all the sample problems. This is a must-read book for those who want to master calculus.
Now if you would like more problems to solve (with solutions), I wholeheartedly recommend The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems: For People Who Don't Speak Math by Kelley, W. Michael (2007) Paperback. This tome has the comprehensive solutions to about 1000 problems. The nice thing is that you can learn the theory in Banner's book, and then go to the corresponding chapter in the "Humongous" book for more practice problems. To make this easier, I have compiled a table for these books. (Too bad Amazon doesn't support formatting here)
Calculus Life Saver........Humongous Book of Calculus Problems
Chapter 1..................Chapters 1 - 6
Chapter 2..................Chapters 7 and 8
Chapters 3 and 4...........Chapters 9 and 10
Chapter 5..................Chapter 11
Chapters 6 and 7...........Chapters 12 and 13
Chapters 8 - 14............Chapters 14 - 16
Chapters 15 - 17...........Chapters 17 - 19
Chapters 18 - 21...........Chapters 20 - 21
Chapters 22 and 23.........Chapters 26 and 27
Chapters 24 - 26...........Chapter 28
Chapter 27.................Chapter 24
Chapter 29.................Chapter 22 and 23
Chapter 30.................Chapter 25
With these two books, you will be truly a master of calculus.
Calculus Lifesaver has no exercises/problems at the end of sections and chapters, it is 718 pages of detailed explanation with exercises included in the text for the reader to test his understanding. Nevertheless, CLS is not a painless pill for acing a calculus course. One has to have a good knowledge of precalculus: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and concentrate hard. Working many, many problems is absolutely necessary. 3000 Solved Problems in Calculus, Elliot Mendelson, Schaum's Solved Problems Series looks good and is inexpensive.
Adrian Banner, the author, received his bachelors' and masters' degrees from the University of New South Wales (Australia); his Ph.D from Princeton University. He became CEO of the Janus Intech Mutual Funds in 2012. Intech uses mathematics extensively in selecting securities for its portfolios.
IMO, 5 star ratings are given far too often,but the Calculus Lifesaver deserves one, without a doubt.
I am still glad I bought it and would recommend it to those who need material outside of what their professor gives, or outside of what they can understand from their textbook.
What I didn't like was how big the book is because it is hard to take places. It is really, really, really fat. It doesn't fit well in a bookbag, purse, etc. nor is it simple to carry in hand. That is the biggest drawback for me and why I took a star off. Single subject course supplemental material should make sense for the average student in terms of size, portability, etc. The author of the book literally put all of calculus into one single book...so...If you are in Calc I, then you are carrying around information for Calc II and Calc III. When you're already annoyed at the book's bulkiness, carrying around all that extra material is annoying and not necessary.
I know these are just my opinions though, and I encourage you to still get the book if you are struggling, because in the end the material/info inside the book is what truly matters. A chunky fat book that is annoying to carrying around is worth it overall to get that A.
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