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    Calculus books

    I want to buy a calculus book to study during my holidays, but I don't know how to choose.
    Can you give me some suggestions?

    These are a few example I searched from internet:


    Thomas' Calculus, Media Upgrade
    International Edition
    11th Edition
    George Thomas, Maurice Weir, Joel Hass, Frank Giordano
    Aug 2007, Paperback, 1228 pages
    ISBN13: 9780321526793
    ISBN10: 0321526791


    Calculus and Its Applications
    International Edition
    12th Edition
    Larry Goldstein, David Schneider, David Lay, Nakhle Asmar
    Apr 2009, Paperback, 656 pages
    ISBN13: 9780321639448
    ISBN10: 0321639448


    Calculus
    A Complete Course
    7th Edition
    Robert Adams, Christopher Essex
    Feb 2009, Hardback, 1152 pages
    ISBN13: 9780321549280
    ISBN10: 0321549287


    Brief Calculus & Its Applications
    12th Edition
    Larry Goldstein, David Schneider, David Lay, Nakhle Asmar
    Apr 2009, Paperback, 512 pages
    ISBN13: 9780321568564
    ISBN10: 0321568567


    University Calculus
    Elements with Early Transcendentals: International Edition
    Joel Hass, Maurice Weir, George Thomas
    Mar 2008, Paperback, 791 pages
    ISBN13: 9780321552105
    ISBN10: 0321552105
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    Quote Originally Posted by SengNee View Post
    I want to buy a calculus book to study during my holidays, but I don't know how to choose.
    Can you give me some suggestions?
    Stewart's calc is often recommended. this is the 5th edition. it is really cheap now too, so that's another plus. the latest is the 6th edition
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhevon View Post
    Stewart's calc is often recommended. this is the 5th edition. it is really cheap now too, so that's another plus. the latest is the 6th edition
    Why his books are often recommended?
    What are the differences between 5th and 6th editions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SengNee View Post
    What are the differences between 5th and 6th editions?
    i am not sure. but i bet not much. at least not worth shelling out $100 extra for. the 5th edition is good. if you have the money, you can get the 6th. it won't hurt.
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    Stewart is probably one of the most popular Calc books out there, used in the most classes, so it's recommended the most.

    Of the ones that you listed, I only know the Thomas, Wier and Haas book, which I didn't like. More a book on how to do a few problems, rather than how to learn calculus.
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    Others that are used:

    Smith and Mintons Calculus' book by McGraw-Hill
    Larson, Hostetler and Edwards by Houghton and Mifflin

    but I agree with the above - I like Stewart's the best and I've used all three!
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    Quote Originally Posted by danny arrigo View Post
    Others that are used:

    Smith and Mintons Calculus' book by McGraw-Hill
    this is the text they use at my school now (started using it about 2 or 3 semesters ago. before that, they used Stewart's). it is the general consensus that Stewart's is better, and i agree.

    Larson, Hostetler and Edwards by Houghton and Mifflin
    i also used this text. i don't remember how much i liked it though. i used it for calc 1 and 2, before i could really start to "appreciate" math texts. i don't recall anything bad about the book though. i'd probably trust it over Smith and Mintons

    but I agree with the above - I like Stewart's the best and I've used all three!
    yup yup. go for Stewart's!
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