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  • Hardcover: 822 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (June 9 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130455164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130455161
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #384,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was exactly what it was advertised as, a slightly used math book. The content of the book isn't the best. Lot's of errors on the back of the book, not sufficient examples. If one's doing a harder question and wants to see a similar example, it's usually not available in the book. The book works perfectly as a substitute for the third edition and is a tenth of the price. Overall, I'm happy with this buy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Confusing and not conducive to a good learning experice Nov. 8 2007
By N. Stanich - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is frustrating. Here is why:

- answers in the back of the book often conflict with answers given in the solutions manual

- worked examples are often vague and don't apply to a considerable number of practice problems in the text

- explanations of proofs are rarely straightforward

There is no way I could adequately teach myself calculus out of this book, my professor even deemed it as poorly written. If you must use this book, make sure you pay attention in class, because you surely can't reference the text for constructive help.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Bad Textbook - Stewart is much better Dec 1 2008
By Ryan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like a few people here have said already, it's a book that is required for many calculus classes offered at UCLA. Sadly, this book, while intended to be geared towards Life Science majors, is poorly written and it appears that the writers were very lazy.

I first took calculus in High School and we used the Stewart 5th edition. That book was great and I know a few classes at UCLA (mostly the 30 series) uses that book. The 3 series at UCLA however, uses the Neuhauser book instead.

1. The Neuhauser book has many questions with incorrect answers in the back of the book.

2. Many of the practice questions are exactly the same with simply a number (like a coefficient) changed. This doesn't help you learn, but it reminds me of elementary school.

3. While it may not be applicable to this review, it is worth noting that many of the problems in the solution book are a) also wrong or b) not worked out completely or at all. This means that many times the answer in the solutions manual was same work (aka only the answer) in the back of the book. Regardless of how intuitive the math may be - I believe that the role of the solution manual is to unambiguously work all problems out in their entirety.

Since all the pages were numbered correctly and isn't the first edition (I can't imagine what that was like -- I apologize for my cynicism.) I will give it two stars, but it is hardly deserving.

Because I felt that this book was so inadequate, I also bought a used version of the Stewart Calculus book for reference. I suggest you do, too; it's a great book and may just help you actually understand the material!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Horrible Examples-Nothing Like The Practice Problems Dec 1 2009
By Cassandra Coleman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The frustrating thing about this book is that the practice problems are absolutely nothing like the example problems. Unless you have a teacher who expands on the ideas inside of the book you will have no idea how to do the problems. Good luck, this book is frustrating. It would be better if you had an answer book for the practice problems that contained evens and odds because the book continues to teach in the practice problems. Incredibly annoying when your teacher doesn't know anything either.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
not THAT bad Feb. 12 2008
By KRic - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is only in its second edition and with a few more revisions it has the potential to be a very nice text. The editors need to clean up the errors in the solutions, revisit the example problems and include more applied problems in the problem section. What I like about this text is the manner in which the topics are presented to an applied audience. Limits are presented after a nice discussion of sequences giving students a less abstract notion of a difficult concept. I also like how the later chapters work up to solving systems of differential equations which are very useful for modeling biological systems. I agree that the text needs work, however, I don't think it is as bad as others have stated.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
this book sucks June 4 2008
By wee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
had to endure a year of calculus at UCLA with this book... Good thing i had my brother's old Calculus books which were like 20 years old but still way better written than this piece of junk.

It doesnt explain stuff well enough and also has pretty difficult problems...

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