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What resources for "Calculus" do you recommend for beginners; they should describe the topics in a way easy to understand?

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This has been asked before. math.stackexchange.com/questions/2395/… –  Baudrillard Feb 27 '11 at 8:47

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Another very helpful site is http://www.khanacademy.org/. It has videos on almost any subject and they are only about 10minutes long. They are clear and easy to understand. Khan teaches the idea and does example problems. I use it all the time.

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Books:

  • Calculus by Michael Spivak

  • Calculus by Thomas Finney

  • Introduction to Calculus and Analysis, Volume 1 by Richard Courant and Fritz John

  • Calculus, Vol. 1: by Tom M. Apostol

  • A Course of Pure Mathematics by G.H. Hardy

  • Elementary Analysis: The Theory of Calculus by Kenneth Ross

Online Resources:

  • There are lot of resources online like MIT OCW which provide material as well as problem sheets which you can work and hone your skills.

Hope this helps.

Happy Reading!!

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Also AoPS Calculus. –  galois Feb 27 '11 at 21:07
    
Most of these books are for smart students who typically have some exposure to calculus already, not for someone who is a beginner. –  Batman Dec 10 '14 at 16:27

Here is the first calculus resource I ever used: http://www.calculus-help.com/tutorials

I watched all of them around 4-5 years ago, and remember liking them. It explains limits and the derivative in a very simple way. I mean in a really simple way. I doubt there is a more basic explanation around. If this is your first time ever looking at calculus, I would definitely give this site a try. (If you feel your mathematics is University level, maybe just skip it)

Hope that helps,

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A very complete book I recommend is Calculus from Ron Larson.

The explanations are very clear and intuitive. However, it is not very concise.

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