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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?

January 9th, 2017, 09:13 PM  #12 
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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. 
January 10th, 2017, 07:12 AM  #13 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2017 From: Alabama Posts: 10 Thanks: 4 
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? 
January 10th, 2017, 08:47 AM  #14  
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January 10th, 2017, 07:18 PM  #15 
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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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