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Topic: Is this the right group for math help?
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Re: Is this the right group for math help?
Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:16 AM
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On Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:47:56 AM UTC+1, Mark Rivet wrote:
> I am attempting to finish my calculus training on my own. I am using a book called "quick calculus". It has been many years since I've had my calc I class. I will need some help as I go along and some of it may be with algebraic manipulations. Is this the right group to questions of this nature? I am doing this for my own personal edification.

Like the rest on this thread, I would encourage you to ask questions here. I found the book you refer to on Amazon. I noticed that you say you are learning on your own, and your book is also marketed as a "self-teaching guide." However, I can't imagine any good calculus book that is _not_ also "a self-teaching guide". Every good calculus book will contain examples, motivation, explanations, exercises etc. and everything else you need to learn the material on your own.

I recommend Calculus Made Easy, by Silvanus P. Thompson, which is free on the web. For the purpose of using a book, and asking questions on a forum, a free book is hugely advantageous because you can then just post a link, and all potential readers have the context. Many times it happens that people post questions from a book, and others want to help and have the time to help, but don't have access to the book, and are therefore missing essential context.

Paul Epstein

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