I have finished the first half of Tom Apostol's Calculus vol. 1. While the theory is explained well, it doesn't teach much how you could apply the techniques you learn. I think I get a feeling for mathematics only when I see how I can apply it in solving real-life problems from different domains or deriving important physical equations.
While I intend to continue reading Apostol's works, I would like to have a second textbook that would be more down-to-earth and would contain a lot of interesting applications of calculus not only in physics, but in all sort of domains. I am considering the popular texts like Larson & Edwards, Thomas, Stewart and so on.
Can you tell me which one of these texts contain the best examples of applied calculus and the best application exercises. How it teaches theory is not important. Or recommend another textbook.