- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Times Books (July 15 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780716731603
- ISBN-13: 978-0716731603
- ASIN: 0716731606
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide Paperback – Jul 15 1998
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“Imagine calculus is a solid old house built on good foundations. When the time comes to sell it to a new owner, a lick of brightly colored, cheery paint can do wonders. This is what Adams, Hass, and Thompson have done in How to Ace Calculus.” ―Keith Devlin, Dean, School of Science, St. Mary's College (CA), Senior Researcher, Stanford University, and author of The Language of Mathematics
“This is a marvelous, user-friendly introduction to the basic ideas of calculus. It is effective, humorous and eminently practical. The book that 100,000 calculus students have been searching for is finally here.” ―Ron Graham, Chief Scientist, AT&T Labs, former President of the American Mathematical Society, and author of Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation of Computer Science
“Can a calculus book be lighthearted and engaging? Surprisingly, yes, and here is one that does the job.” ―Thomas Banchoff, Professor of Mathematics, Brown University, President-Elect of the Mathematics Association of America, and author of Beyond the Third Dimension
“This book is dangerously clear, direct, and funny. It should be suppressed before it jeopardizes the time-tested function of the calculus sequence to befuddle and filter surplus students.” ―William Thurston, Professor of Mathematics, University of California at Davis, Fields Medalist, and former Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
“Comic opera meets college math in this amusing and edifying roller coaster of an introduction to calculus.” ―Ivars Peterson, author of The Mathematical Tourist
About the Author
Colin Adams is Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He is the author of The Knot Book and winner of the Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Teaching Award for 1998. Joel Hass is Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis, and Abigail Thompson is also Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis. Both have held fellowships from the Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
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My fault for buying the wrong book.
The reason is this: For the past few years, I used to be really good in math. Now this year, I got this teacher, who love to fail everyone. She has an attitude problem, she doesen't care, if you understand it or not. She just goes on and on. In my words she is a real B****.
She treats the class like a dictatorship. It is minute to minute and bell to bell work. Non stop. She never made a joke in the class. Half of her class fail.
I wish I had this book. If you are going through the same situation as me, this book tells you how to get the professors who deserve to be professors. There are some people who should be taking some other jobs, but not teaching and destroying other peoples lifes.
After I got this book, I understand everthing so perfectly. I got a good teacher now in college, who love to teach as well as joke around, but he teahcers really good. My average is a 3.7. BUY THIS BOOK, IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE.
If the authors read this, I hope there are more authors like you.
Found this little gem three weeks ago, ordered it, and finished it tonight (an hour or two each night, and still living my life)! Given the textbook racket that seems to have become more costly than courses - not to mention filled with sometimes _too_ much information - I'm happy to say that this book is cleverly written, to the point, yet thorough with the principles and explanations of the general principles of Calculus.
I recommend this book to anyone who is:
a) about to take a beginning Calulus course
b) in need of an excellent refresher on the topic
c) would like to learn Calculus for fun, in a fun way!
Thanks goes out to the previous reviewers, and to the authors for taking the time to care about the student by setting the egos aside (next week it's on to How to Ace: the Rest of Calculus)!
Yet the obvious winner is How to Ace Calculus. Using this book, I was able to understand all the concepts very clearly and Calculus was believe it or not, EASY! I won't lie to you, I am a very good math student, and math is my favorite subject, but I think this book would be able to help anyone reach their 'maximum' grade. Of course it won't teach you everything there is to know about Calculus...just what you need to know to Ace the class. It takes only about 10 minutes to read a section, and by the time you have finished reading it, the concept becomes clear to you and you can apply it on your own. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a (stupid) tutor, or wasting hours and hours smacking your head against the desk, why not shell out some lunch money and invest in this book? Trust me, it's worth it. I'm planning on buying their sequel for my Calculus BC class I am taking next year.
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