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    Looking for someone with the wherewithal to help

    A 51 year-old, having taken Calculus I, II and III in college more than 25 years ago, is looking to bone up on calculus. I have a number of textbooks available to me; but I am looking for someone with the patience and the wherewithal to assist me in developing a 'lesson plan.' Any takers? I might add that I am doing this only for my own self-edification and would like the help from someone who might be interested in corresponding either through this medium or via private e-mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mea505 View Post
    A 51 year-old, having taken Calculus I, II and III in college more than 25 years ago, is looking to bone up on calculus. I have a number of textbooks available to me; but I am looking for someone with the patience and the wherewithal to assist me in developing a 'lesson plan.' Any takers? I might add that I am doing this only for my own self-edification and would like the help from someone who might be interested in corresponding either through this medium or via private e-mail.
    I would say to contact your local community college and request a syllabus for the course that you are studying. Also, the college would be able to assist you in other ways as well.

    Remember that anytime you get stuck on a problem, just post it here in the proper subforum. Make sure to state the entire problem and where you are having trouble. You will not believe how much this forum will aid you in your quest for calculus supremecy.
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    Logical Reply

    That seems like a logical thing to do. Thanks for the tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mea505 View Post
    That seems like a logical thing to do. Thanks for the tip.

    Yeah it will be free for the syllabus. If they want to charge you, ask one of the students taking calc at that campus to make you a copy.
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    I am currently finishing Calculus II, and i can point you in the direction of some good material i've been using to study. This material has been recommended for me by a lot of people, and now i recommend them to you.

    Books:

    James Stewart Calculus 5th Edition Textbook - lots of graphics, very well explained this is my favourite, and folks at engeneering prefer.

    Apostol, vol.1 and vol. 2 - very good too, usually its recommended by Calculus teachers, but its a little heavier than the previous.

    Videos:

    MIT - Open Courseware - they are putting thousands of hours of lessons from their classes online. Top quality. Helped me a lot.

    Example: Double integrals over polar coordinates:



    If you start at lesson 1 and follow through, you'll learn a lot.

    This student, who has a MA in Mathematics, covers a lot of calculus topics pretty well too.

    http://justmathtutoring.com/

    I'd suggest to know some people that know about the subject too, in case you have some difficult doubt.

    With these and some patience i think you have everything you need to get good at the 3 calculus.
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    Thanks for the Information

    Thanks a million for the tips with respect to the references, especially those on the web. I already have four (newly published) text references with excellent graphics. The web references will prove invaluable!

    Thanks again.
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