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Title:
How to ace calculus : the streetwise guide
Author:
Adams, Colin Conrad.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : W.H. Freeman, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
x, 230 pages, xii pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- Exactly who and what is your instructor? -- General principles of acing calculus -- Good and bad questions -- Are you ready? Calc prereqs -- How to handle the exam -- Lines, circles, and their friends -- Limits: you gotta have them -- Continuity, or why you shouldn't ski down discontinuous slopes -- What is the derivative: change is good -- Limit definition of the derivative: finding derivatives the hard way -- Derivatives: how to find them the easy way -- Velocity: put the pedal to the metal -- Chain rule: S&M made easy -- Graphing: how to doodle like an expert -- Maxima and minima: the bread and butter section -- Implicit differentiation: let's be oblique -- Related rates: you change, I change -- Differential: estimating your way to fame and glory -- Intermediate value theorem and mean value theorem -- Integration: doing it all backward -- Definite integral -- Modeling: from toy planes to the runway -- Exponents and logarithms: a review of all that "e" hoopla -- Doing that calc thing to exponents and logs -- Logarithmic differentiation: making the hard stuff easy -- Exponential growth and decay: rise and fall of slime -- Fancy-pants techniques of integration -- Twenty most common exam mistakes -- What's on the final?
ISBN:
9780716732877

9780716731603
Format :
Book

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Written by three gifted teachers, this book provides brief and highly readable explanations of the key topics of calculus without the technical details and fine print found in a formal text. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.


Summary

Written by three gifted--and funny--teachers, How to Ace Calculus provides humorous and readable explanations of the key topics of calculus without the technical details and fine print that would be found in a more formal text. Capturing the tone of students exchanging ideas among themselves, this unique guide also explains how calculus is taught, how to get the best teachers, what to study, and what is likely to be on exams--all the tricks of the trade that will make learning the material of first-semester calculus a piece of cake. Funny, irreverent, andflexible, How to Ace Calculus shows why learning calculus can be not only a mind-expanding experience but also fantastic fun.


Author Notes

Colin Adams is Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He is the author of The Knot Book and winner of the Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Teaching Award for 1998. Joel Hass is Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis, and Abigail Thompson is also Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis. Both have held fellowships from the Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation.


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