Calculus: Early Transcendentals
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Success in your calculus course starts here! James Stewart's CALCULUS texts are world-wide best-sellers for a reason: they are clear, accurate, and filled with relevant, real-world examples. With CALCULUS: EARLY TRANCENDENTALS, Sixth Edition, Stewart conveys not only the utility of calculus to help you develop technical competence, but also gives you an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty of the subject. His patient examples and built-in learning aids will help you build your mathematical confidence and achieve your goals in the course!

Customer Reviews:

  • If only I can rate it lower than 1 star!
    I had taught this book several times and I only get more and more frustrated with it.

    This is a text book full of mistakes. I began to wonder if the author was indeed a mathematician. Some complained that this book was proof-oriented but I don't feel this way. The proofs presented are either too shallow or wrong. If I were a good student trying to figure out why a theorem might work, its explanation would only raise more questions for me. And I had yet to find another textbook which gives a wrong proof to a simple result such as lim_{x->0} sin x / x =1.

    Some praised the problem sets given. I feel the opposite. The problems sets are shallow and present no challenge at all to the more advanced students. Some of them even appeared before the material was covered. The examples are either trivial or wrong. I was startled to see the author gave the wrong solution to some of the most classical problems in calculus. For example, the author could use implicit differentiation to find tangents at a self intersection!! Wow, I am lost for words. More better examples than those given are needed to help students avoid some of the common pitfalls that they often encounter.

    The inverse trig functions were also defined most scandulously. Although I can guess the reason behind it, but I think the definition could present a false security to students who are not careful with composites of trig and inverse trig functions.

    The materials are scattered around with no rythem at all. I often found myself working into a concept and before the climax the book suddenly digressd to something else. The most obvious example is parametrization. This was separated into several parts and could have been easily treated as a coutinuos flow.

    The treatment of vector calculus part is substandtard, but I assume this is probably hard for many authors. Vectored-valued functions of several variables are hard for most students to visualize in their minds. So the 3D graphics in the textbooks come to play a very important role helping students understand this part of material. But the graphics in this book lack the clarity as those in some other books I had used before. Somehow they look less 3D to me.

    I had found more than a dozen of mistakes (I am not talking about typos) during the course of my teaching and I had not read the book cover to cover. Since this is a very popular book I regret to see that no effort had been made to correct the mistakes after so many editions....more info

  • Calculus book
    This book came in better condition than I had interpreted. My daughter used it to pass her Calc class this past summer.
    Shipping took a little longer than anticipated. I would recommend express shipping if you need the book in less than 2 weeks....more info
  • The author and publisher is clear indication of low quality.
    Any Calculus Textbook from James Stewart is low quality. This book will teach you nothing. It will just confuse you more....more info
  • The Exercise Sets Are Good
    This is about Stewart's Calculus, 3rd Edition that I am using.
    The concepts and presentations are okay, overall. What I love
    best are the exercise sets. For example, only Stewart's Calculus
    has exercises to try out for the fun and joy of exploring. In
    Chapter 3.4, Derivatives Of Logaritmic Funtions (Early Transc
    edition), page 221, we have something like (written in the
    Maple notations here):

    Differentiate the functions ....
    (34) y = x^x (35) y = x^(sin(x)) (36) y = (sin(x))^x
    (37) y = x^(e^(x)) (38) y = x^(1/x) (44) y = x^(x^x)...more info

  • One of the Best Textbooks I've Ever Used
    This book is very well written and illustrated, and is definitely one of the best textbooks I've ever had. Presents material in a clear way that's easy to follow, and provides lots of examples. The format is well laid-out, which makes it easy to use for test prep, or for quickly looking something up. There are lots of practice questions of varying difficulty, and many application problems to show the real-world usefulness of math. The solution manual that comes with the book is very thorough and provides excellent descriptions of the solutions. This is one of the few textbooks that I didn't sell after completing the course....more info
  • BLECH!
    This is an inferior text-book. I haven't the faintest idea why seemingly every college in America chooses this book. Stewart's tome is replete with "eye-candy" and is inconsistant. He explains some things rigorously and others intuitavely. If your univerisity uses this text, I hope you have a good professor....more info
  • Excellent college calculus text
    Contrary to what some reviewers have written, I feel that Stewart's Calculus book is easily the best textbook I have encountered so far in college. In my opinion, the best indication of a textbook's worth is having to learn the material solely through the text, instead in addition to a lecturer; this book passed that test with flying colors.

    Of course I had calculus lecturers, but every one of them was horrible. For Calc I (single variable), the professor spoke in a thick Russian accent; in Calc II (advanced integration/series, sequences), the professor was simply inadequate and didn't know how to explain anything; in Calc III (multivariable), the professor was a crazy Polish guy bent on teaching us calculus using his own weird linear algebra/advanced math methods (you'd think Berkeley might assign some better math professors...). In every case, I ended up shunning the lectures and learning everything straight from Stewart. Every chapter was teeming with great example problems, and wasn't saturated with unnecessary proofs (read the Principia or other advanced books if you're interested in that sort of thing). Perhaps the homework problems weren't always as challenging as other books, but I'd rather understand the problems than sit around staring an unsolvable puzzle for 3 hours.

    Again I say, best college text I've had so far. I highly recommend it....more info

  • Too Much, Yet Too Little
    (review of 4th ed.) I have used this gargantuan book for three semesters now. This book is proof that quality does not equal quantity (1100+ pages). The book has lots of pictures, which I suppose is why it is so big. How do color photographs of nature scenes aid one's understanding of calculus? Answer: they don't...period.

    Yet for such a large book, coverage is quite sparse. The coverage starts with a slow introduction to functions, which I suppose is good for high-school students or students who lack the most basic mathematical background, but not for typical college students. Very little of the coverage has any depth, and too many proofs are 'outside the scope of this book'. By the time Stewart gets to vector calculus (covered in a single chapter), the coverage has become pure cookbook. For instance, divergence and curl are given as formulas, with no real discussion of their significance.

    Also, the book is organized very strangely. For instance, parametric equations and parametric surfaces are discussed in separate chapters. Even worse, the relationships between parametric curves, scalar fields and vector fields (the three types of multivariable functions) are never discussed. Perhaps it was just hard for me to see the relationships because they were on opposite sides of an 1100-page phonebook!

    Suggestion to Mr. Stewart: If you feel your book really needs to be so long winded, at least break the book into two or three volumes. Carrying my books to class shouldn't feel like boot camp!!! My friends think I'm carrying bricks in my backpack!!!

    And to the students: if you have a choice in the matter, consider either Apostol's "Calculus" or Spivak's "Calculus". If you are really adventurous, try Courant or maybe even Rudin. Also, for a pretty-good intro to vector calculus, check out Schey's "Div, Grad, Curl"....more info

  • excellent book...
    I like the fact that everything was proven using first principles... instead of just throwing methods of solving problems at u.... I hate it when textbooks do that.... cuz ur stuck thinking... WHY? WHY DOES THIS METHOD YEILD AND ANSWER?
    This book has no problem with this.

    I like the fact that this book isn't boring, it has colours, diagrams, etc.

    Some of the problems in the book seem too hard for a first year calculus course though....more info

  • Excellent
    Very good book and it will make calculs really interesting for you....more info
  • great mathbook
    great math book. has lots of problems. does a good job at explaining things for the most part....more info
  • Excellent!
    The book was exactly as described and arrived promptly. I would use A1 Books again....more info
  • Epitomy of Excellence
    I always have learned math only through self-study. For some reason, I always grasped the material more throughly and quickly this way rather than being placed in a classroom setting. When I started my self-study of Calculus, I chose this book not because of its reputation or previous knowledge about it, but only because it was the only book I had at the time (My brother used it in college - I was a High school freshman at the time). I now feel that I got really lucky, because this book is perhaps the epitomy of what a math book should be. The material is presented visually and mathematically, with emphasis on the latter. Its formal approach to the subject only ultimately enhanced my understanding of Calculus. Its paced differently than most High School AP Calculus courses, and it works out for the better. The problems presented are very challenging, which works to your benefit. If you like math and can follow it , get this book....more info
  • Ok but out of date from the new edition
    It was cheap but theres a newer edition and it sucks since the teacher uses the newer one.. the problems are different...more info
  • College Calculus Book
    Important for my MAT150 course this calculus book is pretty standard as of 2008-2009. It arrived on time and in the condition described so I had no problems...more info