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June 11th, 2012, 03:40 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2010 Posts: 205 Thanks: 0  Beginner Calculus book for college
I've been told the Stewart textbook we're using for our college Calculus I class is crap, and I should use Serge Lang's book on beginner Calculus. What would be the best textbook to use for someone starting Calculus I in college? 
June 11th, 2012, 06:02 AM  #2 
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As I understand it, Lang is quite a bit harder than Stewart. So if you find the material in Stewart to be inadequate you may be better served by Lang. But if you're just trying to keep up (as happens not infrequently in Calc I and very often in Calc II) you may prefer Stewart or another basic one like Larson.


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