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Multivariable Calculus by James Stewart
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Multivariable Calculus

by James Stewart

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These best-selling texts differ from CALCULUS, FOURTH EDITION in that the exponential and logarithmic functions are covered earlier. In the Fourth Edition CALCULUS, EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS these functions are introduced in the first chapter and their limits and derivatives are found in Chapters 2 and 3 at the same time as polynomials and other elementary functions. In this Fourth Edition, Stewart retains the focus on problem solving, the meticulous accuracy, the patient explanations, and the carefully graded problems that have made these texts word so well for a wide range of students. All new and unique features in CALCULUS, FOURTH EDITION have been incorporated into these revisions also.… (more)

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I only gave this three stars not because it is a bad book -- from a mathematical standpoint, it is extremely well-written and the exercises are plentiful and engaging. It is however, intended as a textbook, and in that it fails somewhat. Used in a class with a good lecturer who provides motivation and intuition, it is fine. But the textbook itself is short on exposition, motivation, and intuition, which particularly in math classes intended for non-math majors (as many calculus courses are) is a shortcoming. ( )
  skepticalmath | May 22, 2012 |
This is a good textbook, but not as good as its single-variable counterpart. ( )
  fullerenedream | Feb 26, 2007 |
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