Thursday, May 14, 2009

Calculus Made Easy

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Cover of "Calculus Made Easy"Cover of Calculus Made Easy

Considering how many fools can calculate, it is surprising that it should be thought either a difficult or tedious task for any other fool to learn how to master the same tricks.

By far the best opening line for a math text ever written. Now released from copyright restrictions you can download a copy, visit the scribd.com version, or read it here.

I think I'm going to use this as the text for my High School Calculus class next year and perhaps as a supplemental text for my AP Calculus students.

Thanks to Denise for the tip. ;-)

Calculus Made Easy, by Silvanus P. Thompson Calculus Made Easy, by Silvanus P. Thompson q2
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3 comments:

Tim said...
16/5/09 20:44  

To make Calculus easier (both for the students to understand and me to teach), I love Professor E. McSquared's Calculus Primer. http://www.math.sjsu.edu/~swann/mcsqrd.html

So much fun, someone needs to animate it. :-)

Ann Oro said...
30/5/09 22:40  

I enjoyed looking through the first 14 pages. I've bookmarked to share with my sons when they get to calculus.

ruthdemitroff said...
1/10/09 12:00  

University have this strange habit of finding themselves enrolled in courses without the pre-requisite. In my daughter's case, the pre-requisite she didn't have was calculus. Would have been good to have a text.

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