James Stewart's CALCULUS texts are widely renowned for their mathematical precision and accuracy, clarity of exposition, and outstanding examples and problem sets. Millions of students worldwide have explored calculus through Stewart's trademark style, while instructors have turned to his approach time and time again. In the Seventh Edition of MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS, Stewart continues to set the standard for the course while adding carefully revised content. The patient explanations, superb exercises, focus on problem solving, and carefully graded problem sets that have made Stewart's texts best-sellers continue to provide a strong foundation for the Seventh Edition. From the most unprepared student to the most mathematically gifted, Stewart's writing and presentation serve to enhance understanding and build confidence.
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For some individuals mathematics has proven itself to be quite difficult to conquer. I, as a math major, like to think differently of myself, but I must admit that teaching yourself new methods from James Stewarts Calculus textbook is incredibly difficult, especially when you reach the ladder chapters in the text. In general the examples are so much less complex than the homework questions that you cannot simply view an example and manipulate to fit your given problem.
Also, it seems to me as if the writer makes many assumptions that the reader should already know. Sometimes you forget how to do things – if you don’t use it you lose it. This text is not written under this assumption. There are many seemingly “missing pieces”. This makes making connections very difficult. Also, the homework process is prolonged because it is necessary to dig into previous sections of the book to make clear what is presented in the ladder chapters.
In mathematics you cannot leave any steps out when it being taught or it may not make sense to everyone, not all can fill in the blank to the missing explanation of where something came from, and you cannot rely on this book for easy access to fill in the blanks for you.