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May 7th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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Calculus-1 beginner

Hello everyone,
I am new to calculus concepts.How many days does it take to learn the concepts of calculus-1 for a beginner who doesnot know what calculus is ?
I have ordered the book for Calculus-1: Calculus 9th edition, Varberg, Purcell and Rigdon
Appreciate your advices.

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May 8th, 2009, 08:35 AM   #2
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Re: Calculus-1 beginner

That depends on a lot of things... How comfortable are you with algebra, trig and precalc? If very, it will go relatively. How much time are you willing to invest per day? The more time, the faster you'll learn. How deep do you want to understand it? If you really want to understand the foundations, it will take longer. If this is what you are doing, you may want to try to find Apostol's book as well. You can find a pdf online (I don't remember where I found it).

Also, it seems the solution manual is considered essential for the text you ordered (Based on Amazon reviews), so you may want to pick that up.
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May 8th, 2009, 11:11 AM   #3
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Re: Calculus-1 beginner

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How many days does it take to learn the concepts of calculus-1 for a beginner who doesnot know what calculus is ?
My guess would be about 23.7 days.
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May 17th, 2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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Re: Calculus-1 beginner

Hello cknapp,
I got the book:Calculus 9th edition, Varberg, Purcell and Rigdon to learn calculus. That book provides only the answers to the odd questions without any explaination. For a beginner like me finds it difficult to learn calculus. I tried to google for the solution manual. The price of the book seems to be $22.25 for the used copy and $29.35 for the new one. Do you suggest me to go for used or new book? Will there be any difference in terms of material in used and new books.
Also the prices of graphing calculator TI-84 which is required for the calculus course is approx $90.Could you please suggest me where I can get the good book and calculator for less and reliable one?

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Prathima.
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May 17th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #5
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You could try here for the calculator (complete with book that helps you to use the calculator) or here for the solutions book.
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Re: Solution manual - Difference between 8th and 9th edition

Hello everyone,
I wanted to buy Calculus-Student Solutions Manual by Varberg, Dale 9th edition. The price of the book is $26.93. Is there any difference between Calculus-Student Solutions Manual by Varberg, Dale 8th edition and 9th edition.If there is no difference between them then I can get the solution manual of the 8th edition for $1.99 itself. Could anyone let me know if there is any difference between the two editions?

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June 10th, 2009, 10:50 AM   #7
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Re: Calculus-1 beginner

Forget those books!

How many pages is it? If it's over about...350ish, don't buy it. Here are my arguments against that book:
1. It is for Calculus I. You need a book for either Pre-calculus or all of Calculus.
2. If it's too thick, it will probably ramble on for ever and ever...trust me, it will.
3. If it offers no explanations, it's a poorly written book. You need to understand how they got there.

What I would advise you to do is look at the content here. You can skip the precalculus topics to calculus topics if you are familiar with them all. Definitely read and understand this website. It contains a million dollar's worth of information. You may also want to look at this.

Everyone's probably tired of me for saying this so many times, but get Calculus for Dummies by Mark Ryan. This guy is a genius, and the way he explains things is amazing.
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June 10th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #8
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This is very sneaky and I don't suggest you do it at all, but a lot of people download their math textbooks on the Internet. From some guy named Laurent or something?
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