Thursday, July 29, 2010


Calculus, the one word in math that strikes fear in the hearts of teachers and students alike! I have to admit that we haven't ventured into the realm of Calculus yet, but if this book is like the others in the math series, I'm sure it will be just as much fun and just as thorough!

In the introduction, the author describes calculus as such:

"The book you now hold in your hands shows that every aspect of calculus can arise in the course of daily living. If you've ever fallen into a vat of cheese soup (Chapter 19) or tried to run a thousand pounds of ammo through a custom's station (Chapter 9) you know what I mean.

So what is calculus? In a sentence: if it moves at a varying speed, if it has a curvy shape, if it has a maximum that you'd like to find, if it involves adding up an infinite number of terms, then you're probably looking at calculus."
This book is divided up into 24 chapters, with a section at the back entitled "Further Ado", which delves deeper into certain calculus topics. The main chapters cover things like, functions, speed, derivatives, curvature, logs, series, polar coordinates, vectors and differential equations, plus much more. This is truly a thorough covering of Calculus!

Hope you've enjoyed taking a look into all these great math books, and I hope you learned a little something along the way. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the Life of Fred, I'd be happy to help you out.