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8 points

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8th Nov 2018

Damn, son. That's way bigger than my guesstimate.

The amazon prices I checked out pinned the collection closer to $400, which granted is still really, really impressive.

In case you're curious this was my textbook. It's come down by a lot in price over a couple years. Brand new it was $365 in the shrink wrap from my school's store!

Eh, either way I'm wrong, just by a different amount.

1 point

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18th Oct 2022

I see, makes sense.

And apologies: I said Taylor, I meant Stewart.

So my recommendation would be to start with pretty much any edition of Stewart, like for instance https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552/ref=sr_1_4?crid=27TLBWSQDEBRF&keywords=stewart+calculus&qid=1666117266&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIzLjAyIiwicXNhIjoiMi45NyIsInFzcCI6IjIuOTYifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=stewar...

The later editions just exist to be more expensive but don't really offer any additional value.

Once you've mastered everything in that up to Taylor series, I would maybe switch to a book on Linear Algebra. There are many good ones, and you might just "try out" the books by Strang, Lay, Friedberg, ... if you're really ballsy you can attempt Axler's. Axler's is not recommended as a first book, but you might get something out of the attempt at least.

Anyway, it's hard to imagine you'll even get to the Linear Algebra book before class starts. But if somehow you manage to get through Calculus and Linear Algebra, a very profitable thing to do is look into logic and discrete math. (This would cover, for instance, combinatorics among other things.) A good book for that is by Rosen.

1 point

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27th Aug 2022

https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=james+stewart+calculus+8th+edition&qid=1661608473&sr=8-4 this is book essentially, I’ve tutored this for years know and I’m actually surprised you need to know the techniques since the application is more in depth, good luck!

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31st Mar 2019

oh, got it. thx for clarifying. could I also just buy it off amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Stewart%27s+Calculus%3A+Early+Transcendental%27s+book+%288th+edition%29&qid=1553993600&s=gateway&sr=8-1

1 point

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22nd Oct 2020

Buy the Holy Bible James Stewart Calculus: Early Transcendentals. It’s ~1000 pages but it goes from basic arithmetic up to differential equations with baby steps. Watch Khan Academy if you’re stuck on a problem and watch 3Blue1Brown for intuitive understandig of concepts. If you have issues finding the book online I can dm you for a link. Good luck on your journey!

1 point

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10th Jan 2019

Fortunately I attended a smaller school. Most of my classes were in the sub 30's, except a few of the more prominent general education courses like Chem or the like. The instructors were open to you using their non-instructor copy during office hours. Most of my classes (CS degree by the way) didn't require a book, or I jsut didn't buy it, except math and a few others that used the online materials. I would only buy the book when I 100% needed it. I think the most expensive book I bought was my Calc book, but it did cover all 3 of my calc courses and was a wealth of knowledge i still keep on my bookshelf. This is that book, except the newest edition.

One of my CS professors for our Algorithms class used a book that was like 4 or 5 versions old, so there was enough of them still around used, the PDF was easy to find, and none of the information had really changed in that time.

1 point

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7th Apr 2015

Doesn't sound like a great idea, if you "can't even handle pre-calc" and weren't good at Algebra. Algebra doesn't just go away; it's used, a lot, in Calculus.

With that said, Calculus 1 and 2 for Environmental Science majors is probably fairly simple, I wouldn't call it 'advanced' math by any stretch. Stats was harder for me than Calculus, and I took advanced Calculus and standard Stats :/

I would suggest trying to learn some simpler concepts in Calculus like differentiation (and differentiability) of a function of one real variable, continuity and perhaps integration.

I would suggest some books, but the Calc 1/2/3 I took are a few levels above those for Science students. Although I guess Stewart could work. It's the standard text for Calculus 1/2 at my school (University of Waterloo) for the level right above the one for science students, but I think they might use it too.

16 points

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19th Dec 2020

The texts by Stewart and Larson are the two most common introductions to calculus, and both are fantastic. Calculus is such a powerful tool that you don't need to worry about tailoring it to one field. Just as addition and multiplication will be used by economists and physicists alike, so will integration and differentiation.

5 points

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7th Feb 2018

For Calculus:

Calculus Early Transcendentals by James Stewart

Khan Academy Calculus Youtube Playlist

For Physics:

Introductory Physics by Giancoli

Crash Course Physics Youtube Playlist

Here are additional reading materials when you're a bit farther along:

Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Mary Boas

Modern Physics by Randy Harris

Classical Mechanics by John Taylor

Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths

Introduction to Particle Physics by Griffiths

With most of these you will be able to find PDFs of the book and the solutions. Otherwise if you prefer hardcopies you can get them on Amazon. I used to be adigital guy but have switched to physical copies because they are easier to reference in my opinion. Let me know if this helps and if you need more.

4 points

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28th Mar 2019

Calculus: Early Transcendentals https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1285741552/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_AHlNCbEE2VH4T

1 point

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5th Aug 2022

Introduction:

- Get the gist of calculus with 3Blue1Brown's essence of calculus series

Texts:

- Stewart, James. Calculus: Early Transcendentals. 8th ed., Cengage Learning, 2016
- Thompson, Silvanus P., and Martin Gardner. Calculus Made Easy. St. Martin’s Press, 1998

Courses:

Tutorials:

- blackpenredpen's Calculus 1 tutorials
- The Organic Chemistry Tutor's Calculus tutorials
- Paul's Online Notes, Calculus 1

1 point

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20th May 2022

This is the textbook I used when taking AP calc AB and BC.

Stewart’s Calculus is also a pretty common book at the university level.

1 point

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14th May 2022

I used Stewart's Early Transcendentals; I'll link the Amazon page for reference but you can probably find it online. These online notes are also really helpful. Once you've worked on that, Young and Freedman is a pretty standard intro physics textbook.

1 point

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22nd Apr 2021

Once you get a login to Howdy you can search up previous sections of specific classes then click on the class name when you get the full list that shows section numbers, prof names, available spaces, etc. after clicking on the class list you'll get a pop-up window with a part for Syllabus in it.

Regarding specific textbooks for classes you'll be taking according to the syllabi I've found for MATH 151, 152, and 251 for Spring 2021 they use Calculus: Early Transcendentals by Stewart, 8th Edition; Cengage Learning.

For CHEM 107 they use Chemistry for Engineering Students, 4th edition, Lawrence Brown and Thomas Holme (Brooks/Cole‐Cengage Learning). Then for CHEM 119 They use 1st edition of General Chemistry: Atoms First by Young, Vining, Day, and Botch. Then for 120 they use Chemistry: Atoms First, Burdge, J. and Overby, J. (4 th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 2020). You don't need to worry about the textbook for CHEM 117. CHEM 117 is just a lab class to be taken in tandem with CHEM 107 and the textbook is just a lab manual you buy in the basement bookstore portion of the MSC.

Avoid purchasing most physical textbooks for classes, most classes I've taken here I hardly use the textbook at all if ever. Search for textbooks on Library Genesis (while using a VPN) and you can find most textbooks if not the edition right before the one you need in PDF form. Search for the name of the textbook initially then click the name of one of the authors on the right to see everything they have associated with them on libgen. Once you click on the specific book you want click the title of it at the top of the page then click one of the four or so links at the top of the page to download.

To get ahead in math as a whole I recommend Professor Leonard on YouTube for video lectures and Paul's Online Math Notes. I used both of those links all the way up to differential equations and I still use them if I forgot how to do some process in one of my classes. To get ahead in your sciences Khan Academy and MIT OpenCourseWare are good resources. I can't think of specific resources to help teach Python aside from Codecademy and random YouTube videos. If you can do mathematical operations on lists and console inputs it will be helpful along with while/for loops, Numpy, and MatPlotLib. I also like to keep these reference tri-folds made by Quick Study in my backpack. They make a bunch for the math's, science's, programming, and other things.

It is also worth noting you'll need to bring your own laptop for the python class as well as others, so ensure you have one. It also wouldn't hurt to buy the calculator chemistry classes let you use the TI-36X Pro. Outside of your chemistry and pure math classes get yourself a quality calculator like a TI NSPIRE CX CAS or an HP Prime. I personally recommend a TI NSPIRE CX CAS, I've been using mine for the past four years, in the packaging you get a software license for NSPIRE student software that has an emulator of the NSPIRE on it and allows you to type documents on your computer and upload them to your calculator. Even after clearing your calculator the uploaded documents will still be there. If you do end up getting a TI NSPIRE ensure that it says "CAS" in the top corner of the screen. CAS is the Computer Algebra System so it can solve a lot whole of things including indefinite integrals and derivates which aren't at a specific point, the TI-84 can't do this.

When scheduling your classes much sure to consult Rate My Professor and the Grade Distribution Reports. Take Rate My Professor with a grain of salt as they are all opinions. Treat the grade distributions as your Newest Testament as they are literally data of the grade distribution for classes. Once you're able to search in Howdy for previous sections and you see a discrepancy between the professors that taught classes and the one's that show up on the grade distribution report, make sure to **STAY AWAY** from that professors as they have to go out of their way to have their grade distribution omitted from that report.

When creating tentative schedules use Aggie Scheduler to easily create and manipulate potential schedules. Have two windows open and cross-reference the sections you want with what has seats remaining. Avoid classes at 8:00 am, it sounds fine when you make the schedule because you did it all of high school, it is not fine. I've taken Calculus 3, Circuit Theory, and Thermodynamics all at 8:00, miserable pretty much every morning.

Outside of academics, know when to stop studying and enjoy being in college. Stay up later than you probably should, go out on nights you probably shouldn't, talk to the people on your floor of the dorm hall, go to yell practice and football games, participate in A&M traditions, join an organization like one for your major or a FLO or Greek life. My point is don't just spend all your time studying, go out and have fun but also know when you **need** to be studying instead. College is what you make of it, you're really only going to get one college experience so don't waste it.

Sorry for such a long post I'm procrastinating studying for a final that's in a couple hours.

1 point

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6th Dec 2020

I learned Calculus from Stewart's back in the day. It's a great book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1285741552/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_zmeZFbBCB8SDE.

My favorite Astro textbook is here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1108422160/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_IpeZFbPRSGGJN

And you may want this book to find some good intro Physics problems and material: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0321909100/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_ZqeZFb386DWJY.

1 point

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6th Mar 2020

Here's a typical textbook:

https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552/

If you buy a new copy it costs $240, the purchase option defaults to either rent or buy used because even Amazon knows how stupid that price is.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/onn-50-Class-4K-UHD-LED-Roku-Smart-TV-HDR-100012585/300694285

Here's a decent TV for slightly less money.

I'm going to have to say the schools are innocent this time.

1 point

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13th Jun 2019

Book is Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart, 8th edition I’m pretty sure. Blue cover with guitar https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552

1 point

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13th Jun 2019

https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552

You could rent for 20 dollars and you can find it cheaper at other textbook stores.

1 point

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7th Jan 2019

1 point

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11th Oct 2018

Textbooks in the US are priced for what students will pay, not for their actual cost, because the textbook market isn't a free market for students. You either buy the course's reccomended textbook, or find some other way to access the material. You can't shop between different publishers of the same book, unless you start looking at international editions.

1 point

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19th Jun 2018

I personally would go to my college library and pick the book recommended in the course by the teacher. Ours was Calculus Early Transcendentals by James Stewart

The good thing about picking a book is that there are many exercise problems, and good thing about picking one recommended by teacher is that most times the questions in the exam may be from that book. If you can't find in library, you can borrow from seniors or buy if needed.

There is another recent mooc that I will recommend id Coursera : Calculus One - Ohio University This is really good one.

Edit - Update on the Coursera mooc.... it is getting closed in Septmber and is moved to Ximera : Calculus 1

No matter what source you use, do practice a lot, recap regularly.

1 point

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9th Jun 2018

There's two textbooks choices, both by Stewart. Basically if you bought the textbook for 135/136 that doesn't say Calculus of Single Variable or Early Transcendentals on the front (ie. <em>not</em> this book with the blue stripe) you already have the textbook for the course (if you have this textbook it will just say 8th edition and will have a red stripe and it will look like this)

Otherwise, you use a textbook which is basically the rear half of that full textbook sliced off, I don't know the name for it as I used the full one, I do know it is a Stewart textbook and I saw people using it. They could also have been really confused and trying to learn from the 135/136 textbook, I'm not terribly sure.

If you get the full textbook (which I think is double the price if you get it legit?), you will cover the last few chapters of the textbook, skipping the Infinite Series one. I'll list the chapters below that I remember we covered. The numbers will be from the full textbook, not from the sliced half one (that starts at chapter 1 I believe although again, not sure)

- 10 Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates
- 12 Vectors and the Geometry of Space
- 13 Vector Functions
- 14 Partial Derivatives
- 15 Multiple Integrals
- 16 Vector Calculus

We did not cover any chapters on differential equations to the best of my knowledge.

Edit: Removed a word

1 point

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30th May 2018

Sometimes you can find what textbook your school uses before the semester starts (I'm also the weird kid that emails the professor asking about books if I cant find it >.>). Some of my professors have what material they use for each class on their personal web pages though. For calculus, you'll most likely use this book. My brother used it at his Uni my friend at another and I myself used it at mine. Not sure if you're registered yet though. I had a weird case going into my Uni because I did community college then took summer courses so I was enrolled earlier than students who transfer and probably the freshman. YouTube videos will also be your best friend. People I liked for my math classes are TrevTutor (I don't think he ever finished his Calc 2 series) and PatrickJMT. Hope this helps a bit if you have any other questions or need more clarifications don't hesitate to ask.

1 point

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24th Aug 2017

https://www.amazon.ca/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552

Pretty sure it's this one. You should be able to find a pdf online.

1 point

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20th Jul 2017

I recommend this book.

-1 points

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15th May 2021

hey man to each their own but id rather work through this calculus book https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Early-Transcendentals-James-Stewart/dp/1285741552 again than spend another second leveling in wow classic, maybe because ive done it so much but only the first time back when i was a kid and it was a new game did i enjoy it, after the first one it has always been an incredibly boring grind for me

-6 points

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19th Apr 2019

> Turning in assignments should not be locked behind a pay wall. A student should not fail the class just because they didn't buy it.

You're not wrong, but I have a few issues with that.

First, do you really believe that the school does not have a system in place to help those that genuinely cannot afford it? Every class I've had that mentioned Cengage had the teacher explicitly mention that if paying for it was a problem, to get in contact with them.

As I mentioned, I used to go to a different school. $125 per semester, required by every math class I took. It's a good step down for me to pay that much in a *year.*

Second, we've got 750 students this semester in Calc 3 alone. I've got 3 assignments that were due yesterday, and 2 more due Monday.

If all the assignments only had 6 questions each, that's ~22k questions to be graded this week. Somebody has to do it. UCF is apparently even making their own software/site for this, but regardless of when it gets finished you know we're gonna foot the bill. One way or another we pay for this shit to get done.

> Also, access codes hurt the used textbook market.

You're not wrong but if we can get the textbook + assignments graded for the same price, what's the big deal?

Renting my textbook for Calculus would have cost the same as paying for access, and I covered both Physics classes too (along with whatever else I want to study on)

Beside the point either way. My issue was that the OP was full of shit, not 'Oh poor Cengage.' My bad for expecting people here to read instead of jumping in on another circlejerk.