Synopses & Reviews
This is the fifth edition of Lang's caclulus book. It covers all of the topics traditionally taught in the first-year calculus sequence. The book consists of five parts: Review of Basic Material, Differention and Elementary Functions, Integration, Taylor's Formula and Series and Functions of Several Variables. Each section of A FIRST COURSE IN CALCULUS contains examples and applications of the topic covered. In addition, the back of the book contains detailed solutions to a large number of the exercises. These can be used as worked-out examples, and constitute one of the main changes from previous editions.
Review
"A source of interesting ideas and brilliant techniques...Many of the well-chosen problems and exercises are useful for both students and instructors. The fact that the book has been reprinted and expanded after over twenty years is all that is needed to say."" ACTA SCIENTIARUM MATHEMATICARUM"
Synopsis
The purpose of a first course in calculus is to teach the student the basic notions of derivative and integral, and the basic techniques and applica tions which accompany them. The very talented students, with an ob vious aptitude for mathematics, will rapidly require a course in functions of one real variable, more or less as it is understood by professional is not primarily addressed to them (although mathematicians. This book I hope they will be able to acquire from it a good introduction at an early age). I have not written this course in the style I would use for an advanced monograph, on sophisticated topics. One writes an advanced monograph for oneself, because one wants to give permanent form to one's vision of some beautiful part of mathematics, not otherwise ac cessible, somewhat in the manner of a composer setting down his sym phony in musical notation. This book is written for the students to give them an immediate, and pleasant, access to the subject. I hope that I have struck a proper com promise, between dwelling too much on special details and not giving enough technical exercises, necessary to acquire the desired familiarity with the subject. In any case, certain routine habits of sophisticated mathematicians are unsuitable for a first course. Rigor. This does not mean that so-called rigor has to be abandoned."
Synopsis
This fifth edition of Lang's book covers all the topics traditionally taught in the first-year calculus sequence. Divided into five parts, each section of A FIRST COURSE IN CALCULUS contains examples and applications relating to the topic covered. In addition, the rear of the book contains detailed solutions to a large number of the exercises, allowing them to be used as worked-out examples -- one of the main improvements over previous editions.
Table of Contents
I: Review of Basic Material. * Numbers and Functions. * Graphs and Curves. II: Differention and Elementary Functions. * The Derivative. * Sine and Cosine. * The Mean Value Theorem. * Sketching Curves. * Inverse Functions * Exponents and Logarithms. III: Integration. * Integration. * Properties of the Integral. * Techniques of Integration. * Applications of Integration. IV: Taylor's Formula and Series. * Taylor's Formula. * Series. Appendix. V: Functions of Several Variables. * Vectors. * Differention of Vectors. * Functions of Several Variables. * The Chain Rule and the Gradient.