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I can't find a real book for a student in engineering that is pragmatic enough. Basically i'm interested about calculus because actually this is my weak point; i want to stress that i'm interested about the engineering and not in a "pure math" book.

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Like this? – J. M. Nov 29 '11 at 11:56
This is also one of the standard books for this purpose. – Ragib Zaman Nov 29 '11 at 12:11
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Gravitation by Misner, Thorne & Wheeler ( As a side benefit, you'll also learn enough about the physics and math of gravitation to earn a PhD. Actually, when I was in math grad school, a fellow (admittedly brilliant) student claimed this book was how he learned calculus. This would help with the intuition side.

Or grab a syllabus (or one each for each course in a precalculus & calculus series) and use web resources such as MIT open courseware ( or wikipedia.

Chances are if Calculus is your weak point, you need to review the important topics in precalculus such as rules of algebra, methods/tricks of factoring, and the standard functions such as logarithm, exponential function, trigonometric functions and graphing.

Which books have you tried so far, and what have you disliked about them?

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