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.
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.
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.