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Old 01-03-09, 12:01 AM   #1
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Single Variable Calculus: Stewart

I need to buy this book for next semester; I cannot continue to push off calculus anymore and the school has cornered me. The college has officially endorsed this book and all classes require it. This is a long shot but...
Does anyone know what the difference is between the 5th and 6th edition? Are the problems any different? It would save me a bundle of money if I could buy the 5th.
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Old 01-03-09, 01:14 AM   #2
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The problem sets are different. You need to bite the bullet and buy the newest edition. Calculus really is not that hard, just keep on top of it and you should have fun with it actually. Calculus literally comes from a Greek word for "little pebbles" and if you keep that in mind it makes good sense...you will see what I mean as the courses progress.
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Old 01-03-09, 01:51 AM   #3
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Stewart's book is pretty good. I've used earlier editions when I did Calculus.
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Different problems. If you're really desperate, download it online. I've used the book, and it's wonderful.
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I've had classmates try this all the time, not only different problems, but sometimes (I can't say for this book specifically) chapters may be flipped a little, and page numbers are completely wrong.

There are many ways to save money, don't cheap out on the actual material though to the point of being the only guy in class that has to harass the teacher/classmate on what the 5th ed. related page numbers are.
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Spring for the 6th and take the classes in consecutive semesters.

It wouldn't hurt to buy the solutions manual either. It'll help out on occasion.

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This is going to sound bizarre but I actually liked calculus. I've been thinking of taking a refresher course or reading a book of some sort.
Try to have fun with it. Like one long puzzle.

Oh and get the latest edition.

At least it is not Calculus based physics (the one class I flunked in my entire life) or differential equations (took that in summer and dropped it).
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Alright, I'm buying a used copy of the 6th edition on half.com

I'll be doing calculus based statistics next semester as well. More particularly, economic statistics.
Calc 2, 3, and linear algebra are all in my future.
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I also agree on getting the solutions manual. It can be a big help on homework (obviously) and studying for tests (given enough time).
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Alright, I'm buying a used copy of the 6th edition on half.com

I'll be doing calculus based statistics next semester as well. More particularly, economic statistics.
Calc 2, 3, and linear algebra are all in my future.
This isn't a good idea. If the statistics class is truly calculus-based, you need to understand calculus before starting calculus based statistics.
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