This textbook focuses on topics needed for success in calculus.
Written by a recipient of a Mathematical Association of America award for expository writing, this book is designed to be read by students. It contains the student solutions manual with complete worked-out solutions to all odd-numbered exercises, written by the author to ensure consistency and the same high-quality standards as the rest of the text.
The book treats key concepts leisurely and in depth. However, it is considerably shorter than the typical thousand-page textbook even though it includes the money-saving student solutions manual.
As with the author's widely-adopted linear algebra textbook, this book features clear explanations of the main ideas. For example, inverse functions are used as a unifying concept to define roots, logarithms, and the inverse trigonometric functions.
This book is available with WileyPLUS and WebAssign online learning systems, each of which provides online homework grading that gives students instant feedback while keeping records for instructors. The book is available in binder ready and electronic versions.
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a tour de force in the service of simplicity and clarity ... The most original linear algebra book to appear in years, it certainly belongs in every undergraduate library.
elegant and intuitive
American Mathematical Monthly
Clarity through examples is emphasized ... I congratulate the author and the publisher for a well-produced textbook on linear algebra.
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