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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 3 edition (Oct. 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321269438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321269430
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Guntram B. Mueller received his Ph.D. in Mathematics (Theory of Functions of Several Complex Variables) in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame. He has taught Calculus many times and is very familiar with the typical strengths and weaknesses in the backgrounds of his students. That experience is what guided him, in cooperation with Dr. Ron Brent, in writing the Just-in-Time series. His advice? Buy the book! It's got just what you need, just in time.

 

Ronald I. Brent is a Professor of Mathematics at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he has taught since 1987. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Brent is the author of many publications, including three Just-In-Time mathematics texts. His main advice to his calculus students is: “Work on your homework as if your life in this course depends upon it! Because it does!


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By Quikwitt on June 1 2001
Format: Paperback
These guys are geniuses for presetnting complex information in a digestable, direct, witty, and accurate manner. Great for remembering forgotten trig and algebra. Awesome calc primer.
I salute a rare erudite math professor who can actually teach. Where can we find more? My school is full of passive aggressive math professors who know their stuff but cant teach.
thank you for the help
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I'd taken Calculus ten years ago and needed to retake it. After working through 'Forgotten Algebra', this book was a godsend. It's B.S.-free and highly focused on what you need BEFORE Calculus. If you buy the first edition used (as I did), then it's cheap.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Solid if you need a refresher, unsuited if you need to learn it Aug. 16 2006
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you have previously studied and largely understood algebra and trigonometry and just need a quick review, then this book is right for you. However, if you haven't studied these topics or didn't understand them the first time, then it will be of little value. The coverage is thorough in breadth, starting with the basics of adding and subtracting all types of numbers through logarithms, exponential functions and trigonometry. Only a few pages are devoted to each topic with exercises at the end of each section. Solutions to some of the exercises are given at the end, although in my opinion there should have been more.
While the explanations are short, to the extent that it is possible in a small number of pages, they are through in depth. In a section that I found interesting, the dy/dx notation for a derivative is used. However, knowledge of calculus is not required, the reader is simply being asked to algebraically solve for dy/dx rather than use any knowledge of what it represents. Used in the manner for which it was intended this book is an effective tool in the study of precalculus material.
Note: This book is nearly identical to the companion book, "Just-In-Time: Algebra & Trigonometry for Early Transcendental Calculus." It would be a waste of money to buy both.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Best book for review June 1 2001
By Quikwitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These guys are geniuses for presetnting complex information in a digestable, direct, witty, and accurate manner. Great for remembering forgotten trig and algebra. Awesome calc primer.
I salute a rare erudite math professor who can actually teach. Where can we find more? My school is full of passive aggressive math professors who know their stuff but cant teach.
thank you for the help
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wow ... great book!! April 11 2006
By M. Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is totally great. I've seen very few books that explain mathematical concepts as well as this. The authors actually made math look easy by providing a lot of examples and writing in a more conversational, informal style (like the style in the Idiot's Guides series). It's a lot clearer than Barron's and Cliffs. Often there is a lot of humor added in.

As the title of this book indicates, this book is intended for calculus students in college who are struggling in their courses. However, for high school students who are using this book to teach themselves new concepts or using this as a tutorial, review, etc. I would recommend this as a supplement to another text. The book is somewhat brief and does not go through the advanced and nitty-gritry areas of algebra and trigonometry. This is intended to be a remedial "catch-up" book and is not targeted specifically towards the hig school student. But high school students, teachers, and curious readers will all find this book very helpful for making hard math look simple.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Cheap, highly-focused and useful review for calculus Dec 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd taken Calculus ten years ago and needed to retake it. After working through 'Forgotten Algebra', this book was a godsend. It's B.S.-free and highly focused on what you need BEFORE Calculus. If you buy the first edition used (as I did), then it's cheap.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A PERFECT start to calculus Nov. 11 2010
By Carebear - Published on Amazon.com
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if you were like me and either needed a math refresher before going back to college, or just didn't solidly understand trigonometry or algebra, this book is fantastic! the chapters are in an order that slowly increases levels and is simply logical. i wish i would have read this book instead of taking those classes. it's short and sweet, but satisfying. to be honest i haven't studied it cover to cover because math bores me, but it is an excellent reference guide. the chapters are actually full of dry math-humor. i like it. it has made me feel like i'm not the only person struggling with the basics and has been invaluable to me on my journey through calculus!


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