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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.
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.**
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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I took Calculus AB in high school and wanted to take Calc I over again for college. But, this books makes learning near impossible. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kaitlyn D.
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the book is in great condition, the only reason why i give it 3 stars is cause im not a fan of the author, the book does not explain very well some chaptersPublished 8 months ago by Carlos