Good Vector Calculus texts?

Is Marsden a good vector calculus text or maybe Lang, Hubbard, Spivack even better? my professor is using Marsden but it seems even less abstract than Stewart- I taught myself calculus from Stewart. I also have the Riley, Hobson Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

thanks very much!

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**mathnerd15** Is Marsden a good vector calculus text or maybe Lang, Hubbard, Spivack even better? my professor is using Marsden but it seems even less abstract than Stewart- I taught myself calculus from Stewart. I also have the Riley, Hobson Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

thanks very much!

If you want a stand alone text, I highly recommend __Vector Caculus__ by Thomas H Barr.

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Thanks very much! my professor seems to like Hubbard since he introduces manifolds

it seems better to just read Hubbard or Marsden instead of Schey since they may cover the same material.

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the problems in Marsden are a bit more interesting than Stewart. if you go with Schey you might miss a lot of theory and rigor?

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by the way about Schey if you don't do proofs rigorously then is that worth studying if it is covered in Hubbard or Stewart?.... anyways I'm sure you can learn something from everyone (I guess the results and equations are true and can be applicable even if an informal proof does not prove the result?)....I guess I like to understand every point of a proof

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the Marsden seems more visually intuitive than other texts but is it necessary to go through Hubbard or Courant? does Marsden believe that deep understanding is visual with curve sketching?