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    What advice would you give someone learning Calculus?

    I just finished a Trig class, and i have some time before I start my Calculus course. I was wondering, what should I have a solid understanding of that will prepare me for this class?
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    Solid grasp of algebra, trig, and analytical geometry should do. A smattering of logic wouldn't hurt. You could always try to jump ahead in studying. The book I always recommend for Calculus is Morris Kline's Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach. It's heavily applications-oriented, with very clear explanations, and the price is right.
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    Okay, I'll take that into consideration. Specifically though, is there any Radicals, factoring or function graphs involved? Radicals are one of the skills I plan on perfecting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorJohnson View Post
    Okay, I'll take that into consideration. Specifically though, is there any Radicals, factoring or function graphs involved? Radicals are one of the skills I plan on perfecting.
    All important. You might try, as a review, another Morris Kline book: Mathematics for the Nonmathematician, although his initial discussion of Augustine has now been laid to rest.
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    okay thanks.
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    You're welcome!
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    Perhaps the most important point- you learn mathematics by doing mathematics, not by reading mathematics. When your text gives examples, close the book and try to do the example yourself- and don't come on this forum (or any other) asking people to do your homework for you!
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