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Hey guys, I was wondering what text your University uses (or did use if you graduated) for Calculus 1, 2, 3. Mine use''s Stewart''s. It would be interesting to see what other people use, and their opinions on their books.

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Don''t remember.

Had calc as a Junior (HS), it was a blue book that said "Calculus" on it? Liked the interesting title if anything...

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I''d be interested in what other people''s opinions are on Stewarts?

I also would like to see if anyone uses Spivak (which I heard is pretty tough) or Thomas and Finney (which I heard is also pretty tough).

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I'm at Dartmouth, where I'm in the Integrated Math/Physical Sciences (IMPS) program (as different from standard Calc). We use what is is AFAIK not a publically available textbook, which simultaneously teaches a lot of calculus and mechanics. Its a rather unique class in that it teaches calc in an applied setting, and I'm a huge fan. That said, a large number of people dropped early because they were used to traditional course formats and were frustrated by the emphasis on visualization and concepts and by the lack of algorithmic "Do A, then B, then C to solve the problem" techniques. The course is essentially multivariable vector calc with a hint of physics. Good stuff.

Since the course and text are rather non-traditional, many people also use auxiliary calc books; and, as much as I love our textbook, you do need some other resources. I've got no complaints; I just use google.

[edited by - TerranFury on December 16, 2003 1:14:59 PM]

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My University uses Spivak for the Advanced Calculus course. I
loved it. I recommend it to anyone who wants a rogourus look at
introductory real analysis.

srcarrel at uwaterloo dot ca

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Mine used Robert A. Adams: "Calculus: A Complete Course".

I recmmoned Thomas'' Calculus instead though, the Adams one is not that good.



Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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We used Salas and Hill for "1, 2, and 3" (UT actually has just 1 and 2, combining the first two into one class). For vector cal, we used Marsden and Tromba.

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i''m using Swokowski it''s very nice with a huge number of problems

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