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November 19, 2004 0471484814 978-0471484813 4
Now in its fourth edition, Calculus reflects the strong consensus within the mathematics community for a balance between contemporary and traditional ideas. Building on previous work, it brings together the best of both new and traditional curricula in an effort to meet the needs of instructors and students alike. The text exhibits the same strengths from earlier editions including the Rule of Four, an emphasis on modeling, exposition that is easy to understand, and a flexible approach to technology.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Functional, but no redeeming qualities beyond that October 21, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Full Disclosure: Like most reviewers here, I purchased this book for a calculus class. I chose Amazon because the price on the book was much better than in my local bookstore.

The Good:
- Most problems in the book are not terribly difficult to understand.
- It appears that this book is useful for Calculus I and II (AB and BC) at most colleges/high schools where it is used.
- Formatting in the physical edition is entirely acceptable, and for the most part easy to follow

The Bad:
- Practice problems introducing the section are entirely useless.
- Understanding the textbook is mostly teacher-dependent.
- The vast majority of what a teacher might like to refer to as "challenge problems" are even-numbered.
- As some reviewers have mentioned, this book focuses on proofs more than it should, essentially asking for explanations on how to solve a problem when it should be explaining the problems.
- Kindle formatting is absolutely terrible. I was compelled to buy the hardcover the second I previewed the Kindle edition.
- Several sections make you want to take the Google way out.
- The back of the book has the occasional wrong answer.

The Unknown:
- I don't know if the Student Solutions Manual to accompany Calculus would help at all; it costs extra either way.

- Mileage will vary. If your instructor is helpful and refers to problems from the book in class, you'll find this to be fairly easy. If you aren't so lucky, this book will not teach you what you need to know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor book, horrible format September 12, 2012
By Vlad
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are two things to review about this book: the book itself, and the kindle format of the book.
Both are bad.

The itself is fairly useless in terms of in-chapter examples and explanations, often completely neglecting to cover common scenarios altogether. The examples are cryptic, short on explanation and extremely hard to follow unless you already know what's going on. I found the WikiUniversity book to be much more helpful in many areas.
I would rate the book itself at BEST a 2.5 out of 5.

But then there's the kindle format as well. If you're on this page, you're probably thinking (as I did) to save a bundle of money by buying or renting the book for Kindle. It is NOT worth it, ESPECIALLY if you have a difficult time already with math.
The whole book seems like it was scanned through an algorithm to convert print books to kindle books, but with no library of mathematical symbols, and no human input. Sometimes characters will render as actual parts of the kindle text, while most of the time they will render as small, lo-res images of the symbol or equation from the book. As there's no way to zoom in on it, it's extremely hard to read many problems. Even worse are the problems where the text DID scan into the kindle format, which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to tell whether something is a power or coefficient. This confusion led to many things the book said being flat-out wrong. INCREDIBLY frustrating when trying to learn integration. Also, the non-scanned text (at least a third of the book) is unsearchable.

Oh, and if your professor is assigning things by page number, you're screwed. The pages are not numbered, and the "page location" feature of the kindle is completely useless. what's even worse is that the text would randomly switch pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this book for about $70, which I thought was a good deal especially for a hard cover textbook.
The book seems pretty sturdy and would be good if you needed an expensive large paper weight, a heavy object to throw, or to fill up a shelf with random textbooks to delude your friends into thinking you're smart and actually read and understood the book.

The book does an awful job of explaining everything and anything, I'm pretty sure I learned more from checking the answer of a problem and working backwards than actually reading, my gosh it's horrible. If it weren't for my professor who gave us worksheets to do and showed how to do it I'm sure I wouldn't have done well in my class.

I would give two stars because of the great price, but this textbook material is just awful and "I HATE IT". Of course I'm being bias and this textbook could work for others, but I found this textbook to be the worst of all textbooks I've had. If this textbook is required for your class I would just recommend renting it and sending it back for another poor soul to go through its torment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why do universities use this book??? June 17, 2014
By Carl
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For some reason this was the book that was used in my university classes. Calculus is a very interesting subject and this book manages to make students hate it. I always thought this book was terrible, and when I saw its ratings and reviews here on Amazon I learned that this is a common opinion. This book will frustrate you if you are trying to teach yourself calculus. It gives you problems in the exercise sections that must be solved using methods that aren't even taught in the book. The presentation is boring and left me with myriad questions unanswered. Returning to calculus outside of college I've found that without a professor to clarify things I am completely helpless with this book. If you want a good calculus book, get Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach by Morris Kline. Only when I started reading Kline's excellent book did I realize just how poorly written is the above. University teachers, PLEASE stop making your students use this book and give them Kline instead. They will love calculus, and they'll actually understand it, even without your help.
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1.0 out of 5 stars As soon as the problems get tougher the examples get worse....
the examples at the beginning of every chapter are completely worthless besides the basic concepts. As soon as the problems get tougher the examples get worse. Read more
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I hate Math
Published 13 months ago by Wayne
1.0 out of 5 stars This book has confirmed all of my previous terrible experiences with...
This book has confirmed all of my previous terrible experiences with Wiley products. They're terrible at teaching physics, and almost as bad at teaching caluclus. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is terrible. It explains the simplest things in the hardest...
This book is terrible. It explains the simplest things in the hardest possible way. Then you look up a video and it all becomes clear. Why do universities use this book? Read more
Published 23 months ago by ceeeenamon
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Published 23 months ago by Paul A. Rizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
great item
Published on July 8, 2015 by Henry Mator
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to complement a class
Helpful for learning Calculus when taking a class too.
Published on March 31, 2015 by Daze
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book, quick delivery, great price.
Published on February 17, 2015 by rb 123
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your learnshizzle on.
Good book, good examples, and clear description of concepts.

It's good for both the differential and integral calculus courses at my university, so double whammy.
Published on January 20, 2015 by Paul Gunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A little more beat up than expected but nothing that affects the usage of the textbook.
Published on September 27, 2014 by Audrey
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