Calculus Early Transcendental Functions – Ron Larson, Bruce Edwards – 1st Edition


This could provide a solid formal foundation when paired with an excellent instructor who will lecture in a way that brings the big picture together in the classroom. However, there is little here beyond highly formal presentations of theorems, proofs, and definitions with little-to-no discussion of the intuition behind the numbers.

Worked examples generally assume total mastery of and trigonometric identities. This is also true of the student manual, where one would hope to find some of the missing links explained. Most hitting Calculus I are fresh out of Precalculus from the prior semester or two, and would benefit from seeing the algebra and trig steps highlighted in worked examples and the student manual.

If your instructor is a “read from the book” type, you might like to find a supplemental for reference during your study time. You’ll also want to keep your old precalculus textbook handy, because the algebra & trig appendix and inside-cover quick reference guides in this are sparse.

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  • 1. Limits and Their Properties
    2. Differentiation
    3. Applications of Differentiation
    4. Integration
    5. Applications of Integration
    6. Integration Techniques, L'Hôpital's Rule, and Improper Integrals
    7. Infinite Series
    8. Conics, Parametric Equations, and Polar Coordinates
    9. Vectors and the Geometry of Space
    10. Vector-Valued Functions
    11. Functions of Several Variables
    12. Multiple Integration
    13. Vector Analysis

    Appendix A Proofs of Selected Theorems
    Appendix B Integration Tables
    Appendix C Business and Economic Applications
    Appendix D Precalculus Review
    Appendix E Rotation and General Second-Degree Equation
    Appendix F Complex Numbers
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