Calculus & Its Applications

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  • Edition: 14th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-01-13
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For one- or two-semester courses in Calculus for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences.


Intuition before Formality

Calculus & Its Applications builds intuition with key concepts of calculus before the analytical material. For example, the authors explain the derivative geometrically before they present limits, and they introduce the definite integral intuitively via the notion of net change before they discuss Riemann sums. The strategic organization of topics makes it easy to adjust the level of theoretical material covered. The significant applications introduced early in the course serve to motivate students and make the mathematics more accessible. Another unique aspect of the text is its intuitive use of differential equations to model a variety of phenomena in Chapter 5, which addresses applications of exponential and logarithmic functions.


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Author Biography

Larry Goldstein has received several distinguished teaching awards, given more than fifty Conference and Colloquium talks & addresses, and written more than fifty books in math and computer programming.  He received his PhD at Princeton and his BA and MA at the University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches part time at Drexel University.


David Lay holds a BA from Aurora University (Illinois), and an MA and PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles. David Lay has been an educator and research mathematician since 1966, mostly at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has published more than 30 research articles on functional analysis and linear algebra, and he has written several popular textbooks. Lay has received four university awards for teaching excellence, including, in 1996, the title of Distinguished Scholar—Teacher of the University of Maryland. In 1994, he was given one of the Mathematical Association of America’s Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Since 1992, he has served several terms on the national board of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.


David Schneider, who is known widely for his tutorial software, holds a BA degree from Oberlin College and a PhD from MIT. He is currently an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland. He has authored eight widely used math texts, fourteen highly acclaimed computer books, and three widely used mathematics software packages. He has also produced instructional videotapes at both the University of Maryland and the BBC.


Nakhle Asmar received his PhD from the University of Washington. He is currently a professor of mathematics and Chair of the Mathematics Department at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the author and coauthor of widely used calculus texts as well as textbooks on complex analysis, partial differential equations and Fourier series. He has received several awards for outstanding teaching. His popular textbooks have been translated into Chinese and Portuguese.

Table of Contents

0. Functions

0.1 Functions and Their Graphs

0.2 Some Important Functions

0.3 The Algebra of Functions

0.4 Zeros of Functions - The Quadratic Formula and Factoring

0.5 Exponents and Power Functions

0.6 Functions and Graphs in Applications


1. The Derivative

1.1 The Slope of a Straight Line

1.2 The Slope of a Curve at a Point

1.3 The Derivative and Limits

1.4 Limits and the Derivative

1.5 Differentiability and Continuity

1.6 Some Rules for Differentiation

1.7 More About Derivatives

1.8 The Derivative as a Rate of Change


2. Applications of the Derivative

2.1 Describing Graphs of Functions

2.2 The First and Second Derivative Rules

2.3 The First and Section Derivative Tests and Curve Sketching

2.4 Curve Sketching (Conclusion)

2.5 Optimization Problems

2.6 Further Optimization Problems

2.7 Applications of Derivatives to Business and Economics


3. Techniques of Differentiation

3.1 The Product and Quotient Rules

3.2 The Chain Rule

3.3 Implicit Differentiation and Related Rates


4. The Exponential and Natural Logarithm Functions

4.1 Exponential Functions

4.2 The Exponential Function ex

4.3 Differentiation of Exponential Functions

4.4 The Natural Logarithm Function

4.5 The Derivative of ln x

4.6 Properties of the Natural Logarithm Function


5. Applications of the Exponential and Natural Logarithm Functions

5.1 Exponential Growth and Decay

5.2 Compound Interest

5.3. Applications of the Natural Logarithm Function to Economics

5.4. Further Exponential Models


6. The Definite Integral

6.1 Antidifferentiation

6.2 The Definite Integral and Net Change of a Function

6.3 The Definite Integral and Area Under a Graph

6.4 Areas in the xy-Plane

6.5 Applications of the Definite Integral


7. Functions of Several Variables

7.1 Examples of Functions of Several Variables

7.2 Partial Derivatives

7.3 Maxima and Minima of Functions of Several Variables

7.4 Lagrange Multipliers and Constrained Optimization

7.5 The Method of Least Squares

7.6 Double Integrals


8. The Trigonometric Functions

8.1 Radian Measure of Angles

8.2 The Sine and the Cosine

8.3 Differentiation and Integration of sin t and cos t

8.4 The Tangent and Other Trigonometric Functions


9. Techniques of Integration

9.1 Integration by Substitution

9.2 Integration by Parts

9.3 Evaluation of Definite Integrals

9.4 Approximation of Definite Integrals

9.5 Some Applications of the Integral

9.6 Improper Integrals


10. Differential Equations

10.1 Solutions of Differential Equations

10.2 Separation of Variables

10.3 First-Order Linear Differential Equations

10.4 Applications of First-Order Linear Differential Equations

10.5 Graphing Solutions of Differential Equations

10.6 Applications of Differential Equations

10.7 Numerical Solution of Differential Equations


11. Taylor Polynomials and Infinite Series

11.1 Taylor Polynomials

11.2 The Newton-Raphson Algorithm

11.3 Infinite Series

11.4 Series with Positive Terms

11.5 Taylor Series


12. Probability and Calculus

12.1 Discrete Random Variables

12.2 Continuous Random Variables

12.3 Expected Value and Variance

12.4 Exponential and Normal Random Variables

12.5 Poisson and Geometric Random Variables

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