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Calculus the Easy Way

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by Douglas Downing, Ph.D.

• A user-friendly introduction to calculus in the form of a novel
• Exercises with answers at the end of each chapter
• Step-by-step worksheets
• Graphs, charts, and line illustrations

• Calculating derivatives
• Finding maximum and minimum points with derivatives
• Determining derivatives of trigonometric fu

Paperback, 2nd edition, 307 pages
Published July 28th 1988 by Barron's Educational Series (first published 1982)
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This book is quite strong at the beginning. Its explanations are lengthy and detailed, enabling the reader to grasp the algebra of what is going on.

As you move through the book, however, it does get much much weaker. I found myself confused as to how Centers of Mass are to be computed. Its introduction to Differentials is absolutely abysmal and I felt like some of my students(give me the formula!), yet unable to really understand what I was doing. I'm glad this was just a review before breaking
This was a fun book. It's a single variable calculus textbook, but written as a fantasy novel. The quality of the story is nothing remarkable in and of itself (and sometimes gets to feeling awfully childish), but the author uses the narrative structure to present an inductive approach to learning calculus, rather than the traditional deductive approach. Instead of giving a theorem and then demonstration potential applications, we're presented with a problem, and then see the characters in the st ...more
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I need to take a calculus class, so I decided to go through this book to supplement the class text. The book is aimed at high school students, but the descriptions are plainly written and written in detail. I'm pretty hopeful that this book will help me learn calculus so I don't end up just memorizing information.
Truly the best way to learn calculus on your own. Told in very simple stories, Calculus the easy reduces calculus to a series of obvious algebraic equations.
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Douglas Downing, Ph.D. teaches economics and quantitative methods and is undergraduate program director for the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of several books in both Barron's Easy Way and Business Review series. He holds the Ph.D. degree in economics from Yale University.
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