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    Hey guys, In my reading and learning its becoming apparent to me that I lack miserably in calculus. I have a few books but would like a few more that are suited for my learning style. I have 'A tour of the calculus' and REA's precalculus. One is pretty much written in laymens terms and the other is pretty much just a bunch of questions and answers. Together they are pretty good but I'm looking for any recommendations. I tend to have trouble learning just looking at functions. I do a lot better when there is a sort of real world answer that I can mess with to see why the function works. Without buying numerous books can any of you recommend any good books for me. I have a basic understanding of derivatives and I'm moving slowly through that but my integral knowledge is pretty lacking. It seems to take me longer since I really like to know why a function works versus just knowing it.

    I guess its like the constant PI. Even if you new every equation that used it by heart but didnt know that it was the relation of the circumference to the diameter of a circle you may never be able to implement it into other works since you dont know why it works. Make sense? lol

    Thanks, Jason


    I've always wanted to know why. Just takes me a little longer than most, lol.
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    well i've learn't most of everything i know about calculus from my highschool text-book. i'm sure you could pick up some of those types of text-books from some place, they will of course differ vastly from pure calculus to calc, trig, and other topics in the one book type thing.

    however everything else i know came from the internet, you can find some pretty good sites out there from a google search.


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    SCHAUM's oultine series, without a doubt. Books on everything, otherwise it's K.A Stroud's Engineering mathematics.
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    What part of calculus are you interested in - basic first year stuff or proper analysis as you need different level text books for both.
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    Thanks for the help guys. I've seen a lot of the schaums but havent seen one for calculus in person at the borders I go to but I'll look on ebay.

    River rat, Basic first year would be the best start since I want to have a good working knowledge built upon a solid foundation. I still love to read books way out of my league cause it introduces me to new concepts that I'd otherwise never think of myself, plus it keeps you humble by showing you how little you actually know, lol.

    Thanks again, Jason
    I've always wanted to know why. Just takes me a little longer than most, lol.
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    Omerta, you can also try http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Mathematic...otes/index.htm

    It may help to actually have a lecture structure to follow
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    Thanks River rat. I've been using their lectures for physics since I could only find videos for matrix/linear algebra. I must have completey missed the one for calculus. Thanks.
    I've always wanted to know why. Just takes me a little longer than most, lol.
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