Success in your calculus course starts here! James Stewart's CALCULUS texts are world-wide best-sellers for a reason: they are clear, accurate, and filled with relevant, real-world examples. With CALCULUS: EARLY TRANCENDENTALS, Sixth Edition, Stewart conveys not only the utility of calculus to help you develop technical competence, but also gives you an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty of the subject. His patient examples and built-in learning aids will help you build your mathematical confidence and achieve your goals in the course!
- Amazon Sales Rank: #276606 in Books
- Published on: 2007-06-20
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Binding: Hardcover
- 451 pages
About the Author
James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Stewart is currently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field is harmonic analysis. Stewart is the author of a best-selling calculus textbook series published by Cengage Learning?Brooks/Cole, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts.
A True Review
Please, ignore the five star ratings for this book. They should be directed at Amazon or other distributors, and have no bearing on the content of this text. Instead, they relate to the timely and safe manner in which the text was transported. I have worked with this text for a little over a year now, in two calculus courses. I sincerely agree with the reviews by individuals who have ACTUALLY read the text, instead of simply buying it and staring at the package. This book is atrocious. The examples are far from helpful. An instance: In the chapter on integrals the book uses an example to teach the definition of the integral with an ESTIMATION. It estimates the area of a portion of the area under the curve to be a certain number and then calculates this along with other information to come to it's answer. If I am learning something, I don't want to be taught through estimates, I want clear concise directions that can be repeated without deviation or error. As well, only a single problem is shown, with very little true explanation. More detailed explanation of at least three different problems per topic would be preferable, so a student can then gain a more confident and clear understanding. Similar examples of this book's tedious and unclear nature are common within it's pages. I hope in future editions these changes are made.
Single Variable Calculus Early Transcendentals
Not a very good Textbook! The Examples given aren't very helpful with later problems in the same section. If you are required to use this book, i would highly suggest you get some supplemental help from other texts and/or join/create a study group and/or get lots of help from T.A.s or a tutor.
Besides the fact that going through the textbook actually feels a bit like sifting through word-vomit about math, there are also plenty of other faults with which Single Variable Calculus tries to take up as much of your time as possible before teaching you anything !
1. The examples are often too simple when compared to the second half of the problems for each chapter.
2. The examples for each chapter often do not explain how to do all the different types of problems that come up in the problems sets.
3. As if that isn't enough to sufficiently confuse you, let's not forget the most major fault with the book - about half the time the examples just randomly skip steps without even indicating it, basically punching holes in any life-boats you might have still been clinging to.
What Stewart does succeed in doing is proving the stereotypical image of a "math person" right in that he can certainly solve highly complex math problems, but cannot pass on the knowledge of HOW to do so to save his life. But, to be fair, if you actually manage to go through the word vomit, you will note that it is not for lack of trying.