Calculus for the Practical Man – Thompson, J. E.

Legendary Calculus Book for Self-Study
Legendary Calculus Book for Self-Study

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Calculus for the Practical Man Paperback – 19 May 2007

A step-by-step guide to calculus featuring practice questions and exercises to help people improve their understanding of the mathematical study of change.

First published in 1945, this edition of J. E. Thompson’s Calculus for the Practical Man is the ideal simple guide for those who are studying physics or mathematical courses at university, or for those who wish to brush up on the calculus they learnt while in higher education. Each chapter features illustrated examples of solved problems, and there are practice exercises for the reader to try at the end of each section.

The contents of this volume includes:

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The first half of the book introduces the differentials of algebraic, geometric and exponential functions in all detail while the second half is dedicated to teaching integral calculation.

Also there is alot of exercises that repeat perfectly the stuff tought in the particular chapters.

Also for more advanced students of calculus this book is an asset because it treats the topic in a unique way so that some might enhance their knowledge about the meaning and application of calculus.

The only negative aspect is that some of the given solutions to the exercises are not correct. But this only affects a handful of the exercises and either way there are online tools for checking the own calculated solutions (e.g. Wolfram Alpha).

All in all, this book is a gem for everyone interested in calculus, whether you are a scientific student or for the everyday use without having a great mathematical background. The book shows the magic of calculus and makes a great job in wetting ones appetite for differential equations and the way to create and handle them.

Only downside is that there are errors in the calculations, both in worked examples and in the answers for the exercises at the end of each chapter. Had to check several answers with wolfram alpha in the first few chapters alone.

The paper is good quality though, so it’s not too much trouble penciling in corrections.

Would still highly recommend to anybody.

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wenn man mehrere Bücher benutzten will um sich das Thema anzueignen. Das Buch sollte man als Anfänger, daher nur kaufen

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