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Does anyone know a good place that will explain calculus to a beginner? I am having a hard time finding any. Maybe something with integrals, derivitives, limits and that sort of thing. C ya Simon

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google... nuff said

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Yeah, Google is what you need. However, just a few small things to get you going -

Derivative ~ rate of change of curve
Integral ~ Area under curve

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Original post by boxdot3
Does anyone know a good place that will explain calculus to a beginner?


High school!

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High school!



Ah, but im not yet in it Calculus doesnt start for another 2 years for me.

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I personally think a good textbook and a (human) teacher is the best source to learn any kind of mathematics. Tutorials just seem to lack... something. See if you can get your hands on the textbook used by the Cal I class at your high school.

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Your local library should have good mathmatics materials. Even if not a school textbook, you should be able to find something that suits your needs.

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You will need a thorough grounding in algebra.
Next, you need a book.
You will want a thick one, the skinny ones dont explain enough.
Next, you need to grab someone whos your calc ''guru''- someone that you can hit up for help.

Then open to page one- _don`t skip anything_- start reading, and do the probs, pulling hair out as nescassary.

Repeat until book.done() == true

Bugle4d

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Does anyone know a good place that will explain calculus to a beginner? I am having a hard time finding any. Maybe something with integrals, derivitives, limits and that sort of thing.


I can offer perhaps a more useful answer. I found this site, which looks very promising as a place to begin learning calculus.

http://www.karlscalculus.org/

This site, though not as comprehensive as the above, provides a good, brief introduction to the derivative:

http://www.wtv-zone.com/Angelaruth49/Calculus.html

Dr. Math is a good forum, and you may be able to learn things there, although it really is a discussion forum and therefore not organized like a tutorial. But if you have specific questions it may help:

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

Also, Mathworld is similarly a good place to learn about specific topics---but is not a good place to get started.

mathworld.wolfram.com

For the record, in case anyone is watching, although Simon may need to learn calculus for school, I don''t consider this request for information to be a violation of forum policy. Simon did not ask for the answer to a homework problem, and clearly shows a desire to learn for himself. Plus, calculus is applicable to game development.

Graham Rhodes
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Applied Research Associates, Inc.

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For the record, in case anyone is watching, although Simon may need to learn calculus for school, I don''t consider this request for information to be a violation of forum policy. Simon did not ask for the answer to a homework problem, and clearly shows a desire to learn for himself. Plus, calculus is applicable to game development.



Yes, I am doing this for my own learning purposes. I probably should have mentioned that. I was told that by learning calculus it would greatly help me understand physics, and I am beginning to see why.

To all that posted links and/or helpfull hints thank you very much!

C ya later

Simon

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