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I hope this doesn''t qualify as a homework question, but I was wondering if there were any good websites for learning calulus. I searched google and yahoo with ''calculus'' and ''calculus tutorial'', but all I got was those lame ''put in a function and watch the derivative come out'' sites. Does anyone know of any good online calculus tutorials/references? No, HTML is not an OO language.

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Perhaps Mathworld:

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/

MathWorld itself is not for beginners, but it may give you better search terms that will lead you to better sites. Also, most bookstores have a math section. You might want to browse those books and see what looks good.

A book may be expensive, but most of the tutorials I've seen are meant to accompany some class - they usually aren't very useful on their own.

[edited by - CrazedGenius on April 30, 2002 12:09:27 AM]

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You could check out your local library.

In terms of how much you have to learn... once you learn how to derive and integrate, plus the FTC, 90% of the rest is extensions on those. It''s actually pretty neat what you can do with Calculus. You''ll wonder why it wasn''t taught as part of an advanced Alegra II class

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http://www.sosmath.com/

It may not be the best for tutorials, but it is a good reference. I use it all the time when I forget things I shouldn''t have.

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If I were you I''d pick up a good book. I must admit, I''ve only learned the calculus I know from school ( upto a pretty high level ), so I haven''t searched for it on the net.

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I''d say learning calculus directly from a book would be VERY difficult. Of course, maybe I just haven''t seen the right book. Surely there must be a teacher at your school who you could set up some private tutor time with?

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Calculus Made Easy by Martin Gardner is a great book. It teaches the basics of both integral and differential calculus. I REALLY suck at math and even I got the hang of it after reading over it only a couple times*. I know that what I learned wasn''t all that difficult, but it was big step for me because it got me over my fear that calculus is harder than it is. Sorry, starting to ramble, go get that book, it''s really good.

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*I didn''t read it cover to cover, I only read the first few chapters excluding the introductory chapters.

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quote:
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I''d say learning calculus directly from a book would be VERY difficult. Of course, maybe I just haven''t seen the right book. Surely there must be a teacher at your school who you could set up some private tutor time with?




actually, i learned the whole calculus stuff (except fourier transformations and stuff like that) from a simple book in 2 weeks (and since then i''m getting more and more into the whole, but the basic understanding of everything that book gave me in 2 weeks) while my friends in school (i left school..) learned the same now in 1 year and don''t understand it that well as i did after those two weeks..

depends all on the medium that teaches the stuff.. my book was good.. the math-teacher... well... you get the idea

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You really are best off buying a book, but assuming you have more time than money start here. Follow the link for "Math Resources by Subject". Here is a link to a site that gives links to mathematics departments at many differant major schools and a brief description of what you can expect to find there. This site doesn''t teach calculus, but it has a large number of exercises. That last one might be the best place to start. You might well be able to teach yourself calculus between it and MathWorld. When you run into a problem you can''t answer look up the topic in MathWorld.

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I''ll let this thread stay open. The question was reasonable. You weren''t looking for the answer to a problem, which is really where I draw the line. Its perfectly fine to ask for links to good learning resources here, .

Graham Rhodes
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I tried to teach myself calculus over the summer last year.
I used a bad book to do it, so all I picked up were a few concepts.

I got plenty of books however, so I now have a small calc library lol.

Try the Larson-Hostetler book, standard ed.
Also, Protter-Morrey`s calc 1 is decent.

I prefer the Larson-Hostler out of the books I`ve seen.

Online, when I need a question answered I hit MathWorld.
Rather confusing, but after awhile you learn stuff from it.

I really do recomend a book.
You can pick them up at local used bookstores for reasonable prices.

If I have unanswerable Qs, I usually bum the solution from dudes in my calc class. :-D

I`ll answer questions re calc if you are to email me as well.
pdn@rmci.net

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quote:
Original post by grhodes_at_work
I''ll let this thread stay open. The question was reasonable. You weren''t looking for the answer to a problem, which is really where I draw the line. Its perfectly fine to ask for links to good learning resources here, .



Gee, thanks Master !!! (??)

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I''m currently taking Calculus in High School and I love it. It''s very interesting. We just finished a unit on solving Trig equations. It took me like half an hour to do one question and it was so amazing when I finished it...hehehe

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You''ll get over it. My maths course is 75% calculus, and it gets very tiring. Although what I''m doing now isn''t hard at all, which is good ( solving 2nd order diff. eqs. ).

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Hi, I was just looking for the same thing yesterday, so I went to Google, typed "Calculus Tutorial" and pretty much the first thing that came up was this:
http://www.karlscalculus.org/calculus.html
I think its good, explains everything well.

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