Introduction

The mere thought of having to take a required calculus course is enough to make legions of students break out in a cold sweat. Others who have no intention of ever studying the subject have this notion that calculus is impossibly difficult unless you happen to be a direct descendant of Einstein.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can master calculus. It’s not nearly as tough as its mystique would lead you to think. Much of calculus is really just very advanced algebra, geometry, and trig. It builds upon and is a logical extension of those subjects. If you can do algebra, geometry, and trig, you can do calculus. Read this jargon-free book, get a handle on calculus, and join the happy few who can proudly say, “Calculus? Oh, sure, I know calculus. It’s no big deal.”

About This Book

Calculus Essentials For Dummies is intended for three groups of readers: students taking their first calculus course, students who need to brush up on their calculus to prepare for other studies, and adults of all ages who’d like a good introduction to the subject. For those who’d like a fuller treatment of the subject, check out Calculus For Dummies.

If you’re enrolled in a calculus course and you find your textbook less than crystal clear, Calculus Essentials For Dummies is the book for you. It covers the two most important topics in the first year of calculus: differentiation and integration.

If you’ve had elementary calculus, but it’s been a couple of years and you want to review the concepts ...

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