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How do I understand a math textbook? Every time I try to read this Calculus textbook its a huge whatthefuck. I feel really stupid. I'm trying to teach myself Calculus. Anybody know how I can do that? I got an A in Pre-Calc.

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You have to

>make sure you understand algebra and trig inside and out

>make sure you have a book that doesn't just suck shit

>It's math. It's only fair that you have to think a bit, isn't it?

My Calc III professor recommends Salas and Hille's Calculus. I'm using Swokowski's Calculus, and it isn't terrible.

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>>7652072

if you had to take pre-calc i'm sorry but there likely isn't hope for you having a chance at an easy understanding

it's just the truth

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>>7652112

This. It's either trig or precalc for your prereq in my state.

Everyone in my first Calc class who took precalc spent the semester in extremely loud agony.

Trig is a very nice opportunity to pick up important knowledge AND important skills. It ties together the entirety of your math education up to that point.

Precalc tells you what a logarithm is.

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>>7652112

(not OP) It's a required course you shitfuck. And do you expect the knowledge for log properties and manipulating functions to just magically spawn in OP's brain without learning it?

OP get a better book. Stewart's is readable as fuck. Supplement with Khan Academy

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>>7652122

For me, PreCalc was hardcore trig + logs, partial sums, sequences, learning functions inside and out. Trig was literally just the trig part.

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>>7652125

>literally just the trig part

Does the trig part not include learning functions inside and out?

You WANT it to be "just the trig part," because there's more to take out of that trig part than just the functions. Random bullshit related to logs and sequences can be picked up a lot more easily than, say, knowing how to manipulate a compound trig function into something that can actually be integrated.

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>>7652072

Calculus textbooks are notorious for being badly written. Look for online lecture videos and Dover books. A good (nonstandard) public domain book is Keisler's: https://www.math.wisc.edu/~keisler/calc.html

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Don't listen to this bs OP

I was terrible in pre calc and am now sitting here with an A+ in Calc III

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>>7652072

What the fuck is so hard about calc? Literally just learn what derivatives are and you know calc 1.

Learn a few other things and you're fine. Seriously.

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>>7652209

How? Advice?

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>>7652072

Paul's online math notes are really nice. Relatively short sections but carefully and intuitively written. He also let's you know what requisite material you should review before starting a new topic.

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You have to move from a foundation, upward.

If your foundation is shaky, fuck all

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That still won't help me understand the "language" used in math books. When I say I don't understand I'm talking about the language used to explain shit. If someone tells me how to do a problem it's easy. But I can't be asking people all the time which is why I want to be able to understand the book so that I can teach myself.

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u need a goood knowledge of algebra

and read carefully a good book such as calculus from Larson

at least for me, integral calculus was pretty easy more than differential

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>>7652072

I felt that way the whole semester of Calc, until the day before the test, when I forced myself to read every word of every chapter and do as many problems as possible. Amazingly it began to make sense. All you need is will power and energy drinks.

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>>7652296

You're going to have to be more specific than that then. Give us an example of a passage you don't understand. Assuming you're reading a text book in your native language, the only thing we can tell you is get better at reading and reading comprehension. Yes reAding math textbooks can be difficult, but they are not impenetrable, especially introductory calculus books

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