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Noriko is just getting started as a junior reporter for the Asagake Times. She wants to cover the hard-hitting issues, like world affairs and politics, but does she have the smarts for it? Thankfully, her overbearing and math-minded boss, Mr. Seki, is here to teach her how to analyze her stories with a mathematical eye.
In The Manga Guide to Calculus, you'll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors. You'll see that calculus is a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the world around us, with help from real-world examples like probability, supply and demand curves, the economics of pollution, and the density of Shochu (a Japanese liquor).
Mr. Seki teaches Noriko how to:
- Use differentiation to understand a function's rate of change
- Apply the fundamental theorem of calculus, and grasp the relationship between a function's derivative and its integral
- Integrate and differentiate trigonometric and other complicated functions
- Use multivariate calculus and partial differentiation to deal with tricky functions
- Use Taylor Expansions to accurately imitate difficult functions with polynomials
Whether you're struggling through a calculus course for the first time or you just need a painless refresher, you'll find what you're looking for in The Manga Guide to Calculus.
This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.
Synopsis
Calculus isn't just a required math class to weed out would-be science majors-it's a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the natural world. With its distinctive mix of serious educational content and Japanese-style comics, The Manga Guide to Calculus will entertain you while it helps you understand the key concepts of calculus (and ace those exams).
Our story begins as Noriko, a recent liberal arts grad, arrives at a branch office of the Asagake Newspaper to start her career as a journalist. With the help of her overbearing and math-minded boss Kakeru, she's finally able to do some real reporting. But Noriko soon discovers the mathematical functions behind all the stories she struggles to cover.
Using real-world examples like probability, supply and demand, polluting companies, and shochu density, Kakeru explains to Noriko: Techniques of differentiation and integration How to integrate and differentiate trigonometric and other complicated functions Multivariate calculus and partial differentiation Taylor expansions
Reluctant calculus students of all abilities will enjoy following along with Noriko as she learns calculus from Kakeru's quirky stories and examples. This charming and easy-to-read guide also includes an appendix with answers to the book's many useful exercises.
This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.
Synopsis
Teaching calculus in an original and refreshing way, this guide combines Japanese-style manga cartoons with mathematical content as it follows the story of heroine Noriko. Noriko takes a job with a local newspaper and quickly befriends math whiz Kakeru, who wants to help her understand the practical uses of calculus in journalism.
About the Author
Hiroyuki Kojima received his PhD in Economics from the Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, at the University of Tokyo. He has worked as a lecturer and is now an associate professor in the Faculty of Economics at Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan. While well-regarded as an economist, he is also active as an essayist and has published a wide range of books on mathematics and economics at the fundamental, practical, and academic levels.