|Author||Paul Garrett||Entered||2004-01-08 10:49:58 by Ryanov|
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|Subject||Q.A - Mathematics. Computer science (analysis)|
|more than lecture notes, less than a stand-alone text|
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at stopspam.lightandmatter.com (change 09 to current year)) on 2014-06-03 10:26:33, review #547
Although the book comes with some of the paraphernalia of a complete college textbook, such as homework problems, it's probably not the kind of book that another professor could just adopt as a stand-alone text, nor would I recommend it for someone learning calculus on her own for the first time. The title is given as "Notes on first-year calculus," which suggests that the author had in mind more of a memory aid, or a way to keep students from having to scribble madly in their notebooks for an hour and a half at a stretch. It lacks an index and illustrations, and there are some misfeatures in terms of organization: the chapters aren't numbered, and the homework problems are scattered around where they're hard to find. In some cases it sounds as though the first time a word or concept is used, he's assuming the reader has already heard it defined. I would, however, recommend this book to someone who needs to refresh her memory of calculus, and doesn't want to spend hours wading through epsilons and deltas to get to the highlights. It might also be a good option for the student who is completely broke, and needs a reference to use in place of an officially required text that carries an exploitative price tag.
The book is provided in PDF format, and LaTeX source code is also distributed. The license is CC-BY.
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