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Calculus. Early Transcendentals by James Stewart.

Used it multiple times for Calculus 1, 2, 3. In spite of the criticism I've heard, there is nothing wrong with the book. The "Early Transcendentals" part of the title has always bugged me though...


A preview of calculus.

1. Functions and models.

Four ways to represent a function. Mathematical models: a catalog of essential functions. New functions from old functions. Graphing calculators and computers. Exponential functions. Inverse functions and logarithms.

2. Limits and derivatives.

The tangent and velocity problems. The limit of a function. Calculating limits using the limit laws. The precise definition of a limit. Continuity. Limits at infinity; horizontal asymptotes. Derivatives and rates of change. Writing project: early methods for finding tangents. The derivative as a function.

3. Differentiation rules.

Derivatives of polynomials and exponential functions. Applied project: building a better roller coaster. The product and quotient rules. Derivatives of trigonometric functions. The chain rule. Applied project: where should a pilot start descent? Implicit differentiation. Laboratory project: families of implicit curves. Derivatives of logarithmic functions. Rates of change in the natural and social sciences. Exponential growth and decay. Related rates. Linear approximations and differentials. Laboratory project: Taylor polynomials. Hyperbolic functions.

4. Applications of differentiation.

Maximum and minimum values. Applied project: the calculus of rainbows. The mean value theorem. How derivatives affect the shape of a graph. Indeterminate forms and l'Hospital's rule. Writing project: the origins of l'Hospital's rule. Summary of curve sketching. Graphing with calculus and calculators. Optimization problems. Applied project: the shape of a can. Newton's method. Anti-derivatives.

5. Integrals.

Areas and distances. The definite integral. Discovery project: area functions. The fundamental theorem of calculus. Indefinite integrals and the net change theorem. Writing project: Newton, Leibniz, and the invention of calculus. The substitution rule.

6. Applications of integration.

Areas between curves. Applied project: the Gini index. Volume. Volumes by cylindrical shells. Work. Average value of a function. Applied project: calculus and baseball. Applied project: where to sit at the movies.

7. Techniques of integration.

Integration by parts. Trigonometric integrals. Trigonometric substitution. Integration of rational functions by partial fractions. Strategy for integration. Integration using tables and computer algebra systems. Discovery project: patterns in integrals. Approximate integration. Improper integrals.

8. Further applications of integration.

Arc length. Discovery project: arc length contest. Area of a surface of revolution. Discovery project: rotating on a slant. Applications to physics and engineering. Discovery project: complementary coffee cups. Applications to economics and biology. Probability.

9. Differential equations.

Modeling with differential equations. Direction fields and Euler's method. Separable equations. Applied project: how fast does a tank drain? Applied project: which is faster, going up or coming down? Models for population growth. Linear equations. Predator-prey systems.

10. Parametric equations and polar coordinates.

Curves defined by parametric equations. Laboratory project: families of hypocycloids. Calculus with parametric curves. Laboratory project: Bezier curves. Polar coordinates. Laboratory project: families of polar curves. Areas and lengths in polar coordinates. Conic sections. Conic sections in polar coordinates.

11. Infinite sequences and series.

Sequences. Laboratory project: logistic sequences. Series. The integral test and estimates of sums. The comparison tests. Alternating series. Absolute convergence and the ratio and root tests. Strategy for testing series. Power series. Representations of functions as power series. Taylor and Maclaurin series. Laboratory project: an elusive limit. Writing project: how Newton discovered the binomial series. Applications of Taylor polynomials. Applied project: radiation from the stars.

12. Vectors and the geometry of space.

Three-dimensional coordinate systems. Vectors. The dot product. The cross product. Discovery project: the geometry of a tetrahedron. Equations of lines and planes. Cylinders and quadric surfaces.

13. Vector functions.

Vector functions and space curves. Derivatives and integrals of vector functions. Arc length and curvature. Motion in space: velocity and acceleration. Applied project: Kepler's laws.

14. Partial derivatives.

Functions of several variables. Limits and continuity. Partial derivatives. Tangent planes and linear approximation. The chain rule. Directional derivatives and the gradient vector. Maximum and minimum values. Applied project: designing a dumpster. Discovery project: quadratic approximations and critical points. Lagrange multipliers. Applied project: rocket science. Applied project: hydro-turbine optimization.

15. Multiple integrals.

Double integrals over rectangles. Iterated integrals. Double integrals over general regions. Double integrals in polar coordinates. Applications of double integrals. Surface area. Triple integrals. Discovery project: volumes of hyperspheres. Triple integrals in cylindrical coordinates. Discovery project: the intersection of three cylinders. Triple integrals in spherical coordinates. Applied project: roller derby. Change of variables in multiple integrals.

16. Vector calculus.

Vector fields. Line integrals. The fundamental theorem for line integrals. Green's theorem. Curl and divergence. Parametric surfaces and their areas. Surface integrals. Stokes' theorem. Writing project: three men and two theorems. The divergence theorem.

17. Second-order differential equations.

Second-order linear equations. Nonhomogeneous linear equations. Applications of second-order differential equations. Series solutions.