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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to follow. Makes Calculus almost enjoyable., 30 Jan 1998
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When I decided to pursue my engineering degree I discovered that I needed to take calculus-1 and 2. I had already taken calculus-1, but that was over 7 years ago. I then realized I'd "FORGOTTEN CALCULUS". This book was for me, literally. Anyone who desires a calculus review, or would like to learn on their own, should pick up this text. A basic knowledge of algebra is all that is really required. The algebraic review, in the first 9 lessons (out of 28), makes the transition to calculus a breeze. The author is careful to not take anything for granted, and never goes off on tangents (ha ha). The worked out examples have a natural progression that makes sense of the entire problem, not just the answer. The problems and exercises, which you work out yourself, are very comprehensive and appropriate. All the answers are given so that you can check your work. This book rocks!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to calculus, 13 Sep 2002
This review is from: Forgotten Calculus (Paperback)
Found this book to be excellent as an introduction. Clear introductions and build-up to sections and progressively harder test excercises to finish with leave you feeling empowered. The sections on differentiation feel very complete but the sections on integration feels a little rushed. Suppose that is because it is impossible to cover every single integration formula. Highly recommended. Also recommend Forgotten Algebra as a foundation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Execellant for further adult education, 8 Jun 1999
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I'am studying with the Open University in England, hoping for a Bsc. This book is so easy to read and follow, it has helped me no end. I would, and already have recommended it. Well done for a book well written. The forgotten ALGEBRA is just as good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes business calculus easy., 14 Oct 1998
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The author explains calculus in a clear and simple way which is really helpful. I am taking a college business calculus course and the required text book is not helpful at all. I believe Forgotten Calculus will help me get through this tough class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent choice for the business-oriented reader, 23 July 2009
This review is from: Forgotten Calculus (Paperback)
This book provides a gentle review of differential and integral calculus. About 2/3rds of the material is devoted to differential calculus. Numerous fully worked examples, as well as problems with full solutions, are provided in each Unit. Each of the 28 Units ends with a relatively long list of exercises, usually hovering around 20 or so. Fully worked answers, not just solutions, for all exercises are provided at the end of the book.

Some of the features which make the book appealing as a basic introduction may limit its usefulness for those who need to use calculus for more advanced work or "real world" problems in the immediate future. Examples are overly simplified compared to even modestly complex applications in the undergraduate curriculum or "real world". As an example, the Unit on Linear Applications presents a demand function for a homemade cake business, where the business can sell no more than 10 cakes. This is excellent for a novice calculus learner, but it might disappoint the economics's major who might hope for a few more realistic examples. The business nature of problems used in the text and exercises will limit the books value for engineering and science students.

The book, as one might expect of any mathematics book, is not free from errors, although the number is smaller than one would expect for a book with this many worked problems. Also, most of the errors are fairly obvious and should not be a problem, even for beginners. As an example of the errors one might encounter, here are some from Unit 6. On page 79 a "+" is inadvertently changed to a "-"; example 5 gives the wrong vertex for a quadratic function, and the graph of 6.1 gives incorrect values for f(-1) and f(-5). Occasionally a problem solution is left off as in Exercise 5d in Unit 11, or a problem appears, Exercise 20 in Unit 15, that is unconnected to the material in the Unit.

The book is an "old style" calculus text in that it emphasizes repetitive pencil and paper problem solutions. The text and Exercises often provide a small amount of material on and for the TI-83 graphing calculator. However, the emphasis is clearly on solutions to simplified problems, easily solved by hand. The exercises provide for extensive repetition. For the reader having problems, this is extremely helpful. Others, however, may select to solve only a few of the end of chapter exercises. Some may even decide to solve only the examples and problems in the text and skip the exercises completely, as the text presents all the necessary material clearly. However, the book provides plenty of exercises if needed.

In summary, this book is an excellent basic introduction or review of calculus for the business or economics major. Its a friendly introduction, with concepts clearly explained with relatively few errors.

I kept track of the time to read a number of chapters and solve all chapter exercises. Based on the results, it should be possible to complete the book at a reasonably comfortable pace within three weeks, or within two weeks with a more concentrated effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reference (Teacher's Point of View), 17 July 1998
By A Customer
I teach a business calculus refresher course at a local university and use this as a referenece book for students. All the feedback that I have received from students has been extremely positive.
It does a great job of reviewing the basic ideas and mechanics of basic calculus and manages to throw in some applications as well. (This is the only weakness of the text...applications are limited, especially with respect to integration.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional book, 28 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Forgotten Calculus (Paperback)
Absolutely loved it, smashed every single page and now feel I have a much better knowledge of calculus than when I started. Just to make things clear, I knew very little at all before I picked up this book and now I would happily gobble up differentials and integrals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a life-saver for me., 16 Mar 1998
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I would never have gotten through my first semester of Calc w/o this book. The initial examples and problems were basic and then increased in complexity, allowing me to smoothly increase my skill level. Would (and have) recommended it to my fellow students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and skimmed a few topics but i consider forgotten calculus one of the best, especially for one who is trying to learn ..., 14 July 2014
This review is from: Forgotten Calculus (Paperback)
i have only scratched the surface, and skimmed a few topics but i consider forgotten calculus one of the best, especially for one who is trying to learn the subject.
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