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Advanced Calculus (Rea's Problem Solvers)
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Each Problem Solver is an insightful and essential study and solution guide chock-full of clear, concise problem-solving gems. All your questions can be found in one convenient source from one of the most trusted names in reference solution guides. More useful, more practical, and more informative, these study aids are the best review books and textbook companions available. Nothing remotely as comprehensive or as helpful exists in their subject anywhere. Perfect for undergraduate and graduate studies.
Here in this highly useful reference is the finest overview of advanced calculus currently available, with hundreds of calculus problems that cover everything from point set theory and vector spaces to theories of differentiation and integrals. Each problem is clearly solved with step-by-step detailed solutions.
- The PROBLEM SOLVERS are unique - the ultimate in study guides.
- They are ideal for helping students cope with the toughest subjects.
- They greatly simplify study and learning tasks.
- They enable students to come to grips with difficult problems by showing them the way, step-by-step, toward solving problems. As a result, they save hours of frustration and time spent on groping for answers and understanding.
- They cover material ranging from the elementary to the advanced in each subject.
- They work exceptionally well with any text in its field.
- PROBLEM SOLVERS are available in popular subjects.
- Each PROBLEM SOLVER is prepared by supremely knowledgeable experts.
- Most are over 1000 pages.
- PROBLEM SOLVERS are not meant to be read cover to cover. They offer whatever may be needed at a given time. An excellent index helps to locate specific problems rapidly.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Point Set Theory
Sets and Sequences
Closed and Open Sets and Norms
Chapter 2: Vector Spaces
Chapter 3: Continuity
Showing that a Function is Continuous
Uniform Continuity and Related Topics
Paradoxes of Continuity
Chapter 4: Elements of Partial Differentiation
Differentials and the Jacobian
The Chain Rule
Gradients and Tangent Planes
Chapter 5: Theorems of Differentiation
Mean Value Theorems
Implicit Function Theorem
Chapter 6: Maxima and Minima
Relative Maximum and Relative Minimum
Extremes Subject to a Constraint
Extremes in a Region
Method of Lagrange Multipliers
Functions of Three Variables
Extreme Value in Rn
Chapter 7: Theory of Integration
Chapter 8: Line Integrals
Method of Parametrization
Method of Finding Potential Function (Exact Differential)
Independence of Path
Chapter 9: Surface Integrals
Change of Variables Formula
Integral Function over a Surface
Integral Vector Field over a Surface
Chapter 10: Improper Integrals
Improper Integrals of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Kind
Absolute and Uniform Convergence
Evaluation of Improper Integrals
Gamma and Beta Functions
Chapter 11: Infinite Sequences
Convergence of Sequences
Limit Superior and Limit Inferior
Sequence of Functions
Chapter 12: Infinite Series
Tests for Convergence and Divergence
Series of Functions
Operations on Series
Differentiation and Integration of Series
Estimates of Error and Sums
Chapter 13: Power Series
Interval of Convergence
Operations on Power Series
Chapter 14: Fourier Series
Definitions and Examples
Chapter 15: Complex Variables
Complex Functions and Differentiation
Chapter 16: Laplace Transforms
Definitions and Simple Examples
Basic Properties of Laplace Transforms
Step Functions and Periodic Functions
The Inversion Problem
Chapter 17: Fourier Transforms
Definition of Fourier Transforms
Properties of Fourier Transforms
Applications of Fourier Transforms
Chapter 18: Differential Geometry
Chapter 19: Miscellaneous Problems and Applications
WHAT THIS BOOK IS FOR
Students have generally found calculus a difficult subject to understand and learn. Despite the publication of hundreds of textbooks in this field, each one intended to provide an improvement over previous textbooks, students of advanced calculus continue to remain perplexed as a result of numerous subject areas that must be remembered and correlated when solving problems. Various interpretations of advanced calculus terms also contribute to the difficulties of mastering the subject.
In a study of calculus, REA found the following basic reasons underlying the inherent difficulties of advanced calculus:
No systematic rules of analysis were ever developed to follow in a step-by-step manner to solve typically encountered problems. This results from numerous different conditions and principles involved in a problem that leads to many possible different solution methods. To prescribe a set of rules for each of the possible variations would involve an enormous number of additional steps, making this task more burdensome than solving the problem directly due to the expectation of much trial and error.
Current textbooks normally explain a given principle in a few pages written by a mathematician who has insight into the subject matter not shared by others. These explanations are often written in an abstract manner that causes confusion as to the principle's use and application. Explanations then are often not sufficiently detailed or extensive enough to make the reader aware of the wide range of applications and different aspects of the principle being studied. The numerous possible variations of principles and their applications are usually not discussed, and it is left to the reader to discover this while doing exercises. Accordingly, the average student is expected to rediscover that which has long been established and practiced, but not always published or adequately explained.
The examples typically following the explanation of a topic are too few in number and too simple to enable the student to obtain a thorough grasp of the involved principles. The explanations do not provide sufficient basis to solve problems that may be assigned for homework or given on examinations.
Poorly solved examples such as these can be presented in abbreviated form which leaves out much explanatory material between steps, and as a result requires the reader to figure out the missing information. This leaves the reader with an impression that the problems and even the subject are hard to learn - completely the opposite of what an example is supposed to do.
Poor examples are often worded in a confusing or obscure way. They might not state the nature of the problem or they present a solution, which appears to have no direct relation to the problem. These problems usually offer an overly general discussion - never revealing how or what is to be solved.
Many examples do not include accompanying diagrams or graphs, denying the reader the exposure necessary for drawing good diagrams and graphs. Such practice only strengthens understanding by simplifying and organizing calculus processes.
Students can learn the subject only by doing the exercises themselves and reviewing them in class, obtaining experience in applying the principles with their different ramifications.
In doing the exercises by themselves, students find that they are required to devote considerable more time to advanced calculus than to other subjects, because they are uncertain with regard to the selection and application of the theorems and principles involved. It is also often necessary for students to discover those "tricks" not revealed in their texts (or review books) that make it possible to solve problems easily. Students must usually resort to methods of trial and error to discover these "tricks," therefore finding out that they may sometimes spend several hours to solve a single problem.
When reviewing the exercises in classrooms, instructors usually request students to take turns in writing solutions on the boards and explaining them to the class. Students often find it difficult to explain in a manner that holds the interest of the class, and enables the remaining students to follow the material written on the boards. The remaining students in the class are thus too occupied with copying the material off the boards to follow the professor's explanations.
This book is intended to aid students in advanced calculus overcome the difficulties described by supplying detailed illustrations of the solution methods that are usually not apparent to students. Solution methods are illustrated by problems that have been selected from those most often assigned for class work and given on examinations. The problems are arranged in order of complexity to enable students to learn and understand a particular topic by reviewing the problems in sequence. The problems are illustrated with detailed, step-by-step explanations, to save the students large amounts of time that is often needed to fill in the gaps that are usually found between steps of illustrations in textbooks or review/outline books.
The staff of REA considers advanced calculus a subject that is best learned by allowing students to view the methods of analysis and solution techniques. This learning approach is similar to that practiced in various scientific laboratories, particularly in the medical fields.
In using this book, students may review and study the illustrated problems at their own pace; students are not limited to the time such problems receive in the classroom.
When students want to look up a particular type of problem and solution, they can readily locate it in the book by referring to the index that has been extensively prepared. It is also possible to locate a particular type of problem by glancing at just the material within the boxed portions. Each problem is numbered and surrounded by a heavy black border for speedy identification.
REAs Advanced Calculus Problem Solver
Each Problem Solver is an insightful and essential study and solution guide chock-full of clear, concise problem-solving gems. Answers to all of your questions can be found in one convenient source from one of the most trusted names in reference solution guides. More useful, more practical, and more informative, these study aids are the best review books and textbook companions available. They're perfect for undergraduate and graduate studies.
This highly useful reference is the finest overview of advanced calculus currently available, with hundreds of calculus problems that cover everything from point set theory and vector spaces to theories of differentiation and integrals. Each problem is clearly solved with step-by-step detailed solutions.
REAs Problem Solvers is a series of useful, practical, and informative study guides. Each title in the series is complete step-by-step solution guide. The Advanced Calculus Problem Solver enables students to solve difficult problems by showing them step-by-step solutions to Advanced Calculus problems. The Problem Solvers cover material ranging from the elementary to the advanced and make excellent review books and textbook companions. The Advanced Calculus Problem Solver is the perfect resource for any class, any exam, and any problem!
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