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January 9th, 2017, 08:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies, folks. For a Precalculus text to study, would the recommendation still be a Spivak text?
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I think the Spivak text mentioned in this thread is his Calculus text. I don't think he authored a Precalculus text.

As for his Calculus text, I know it's highly regarded, but I don't like it. A little too theoretical for my taste, thus reducing the "joy of Calculus".

In my opinion, the theoretical stuff can wait until, say, Elementary Analysis.

As regards Precalculus and Calculus, I would study from standard texts. The texts by Stewart are good. Also the ones by Larson.
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January 10th, 2017, 07:12 AM   #13
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Our calculus sequence uses a Stewart text. I think I'll swing by and see what Precalculus text the bookstore has.

I may get both Spivak and Stewart, if I can find a good deal on Amazon.

I was planning on getting an older edition to save money. Do y'all foresee any problems with going that route?
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January 10th, 2017, 08:47 AM   #14
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Our calculus sequence uses a Stewart text. I think I'll swing by and see what Precalculus text the bookstore has.

I may get both Spivak and Stewart, if I can find a good deal on Amazon.

I was planning on getting an older edition to save money. Do y'all foresee any problems with going that route?
An older edition is fine for review, but since you plan on actually taking Calc 3, you should probably get the edition actually used by the school for that particular course.
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Good point. I think I'll get am older edition of Spivak, and get a current editon of Stewart.
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