Book description
Slay the calculus monster with this userfriendly guide
Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition makes calculus manageable—even if you're one of the many students who sweat at the thought of it. By breaking down differentiation and integration into digestible concepts, this guide helps you build a stronger foundation with a solid understanding of the big ideas at work. This userfriendly math book leads you stepbystep through each concept, operation, and solution, explaining the "how" and "why" in plain English instead of mathspeak. Through relevant instruction and practical examples, you'll soon learn that reallife calculus isn't nearly the monster it's made out to be.
Calculus is a required course for many college majors, and for students without a strong math foundation, it can be a real barrier to graduation. Breaking that barrier down means recognizing calculus for what it is—simply a tool for studying the ways in which variables interact. It's the logical extension of the algebra, geometry, and trigonometry you've already taken, and Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition proves that if you can master those classes, you can tackle calculus and win.
Includes foundations in algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus concepts
Explores sequences, series, and graphing common functions
Instructs you how to approximate area with integration
Features things to remember, things to forget, and things you can't get away with
Stop fearing calculus, and learn to embrace the challenge. With this comprehensive study guide, you'll gain the skills and confidence that make all the difference. Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides a roadmap for success, and the backup you need to get there.
Table of contents

 Introduction
 Part I: An Overview of Calculus

Part II: Warming Up with Calculus Prerequisites
 Chapter 4: PreAlgebra and Algebra Review
 Chapter 5: Funky Functions and Their Groovy Graphs
 Chapter 6: The Trig Tango
 Part III: Limits

Part IV: Differentiation
 Chapter 9: Differentiation Orientation
 Chapter 10: Differentiation Rules — Yeah, Man, It Rules

Chapter 11: Differentiation and the Shape of Curves

Taking a Calculus Road Trip
 Climb every mountain, ford every stream: Positive and negative slopes
 I can’t think of a travel metaphor for this section: Concavity and inflection points
 This vale of tears: A local minimum
 A scenic overlook: The absolute maximum
 Car trouble: Teetering on the corner
 It’s all downhill from here
 Your travel diary
 Finding Local Extrema — My Ma, She’s Like, Totally Extreme
 Finding Absolute Extrema on a Closed Interval
 Finding Absolute Extrema over a Function’s Entire Domain
 Locating Concavity and Inflection Points
 Looking at Graphs of Derivatives Till They Derive You Crazy
 The Mean Value Theorem — GRRRRR

Taking a Calculus Road Trip
 Chapter 12: Your Problems Are Solved: Differentiation to the Rescue!
 Chapter 13: More Differentiation Problems: Going Off on a Tangent

Part V: Integration and Infinite Series
 Chapter 14: Intro to Integration and Approximating Area
 Chapter 15: Integration: It’s Backwards Differentiation
 Chapter 16: Integration Techniques for Experts
 Chapter 17: Forget Dr. Phil: Use the Integral to Solve Problems
 Chapter 18: Taming the Infinite with Improper Integrals
 Chapter 19: Infinite Series

Part VI: The Part of Tens
 Chapter 20: Ten Things to Remember
 Chapter 21: Ten Things to Forget

Chapter 22: Ten Things You Can’t Get Away With
 Give Two Answers on Exam Questions
 Write Illegibly on Exams
 Don’t Show Your Work on Exams
 Don’t Do All of the Exam Problems
 Blame Your Study Partner for Low Grade
 Tell Your Teacher You Need an “A” in Calculus to Impress Your Significant Other
 Claim EarlyMorning Exams Are Unfair Because You’re Not a “Morning Person”
 Protest the Whole Idea of Grades
 Pull the Fire Alarm During an Exam
 Use This Book as an Excuse
 About the Author
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Product information
 Title: Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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 Release date: June 2014
 Publisher(s): For Dummies
 ISBN: 9781118791295
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