Calculus Volume 1

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Gilbert Strang, MIT
Edwin Herman, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381680-2-4

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by Nicole Kraft, Math Instructor, Portland Community College, on 6/20/2018.

From the start, this book gives a comprehensive (yet straight forward) review of the necessary function knowledge. There is even a “Review of … read more



Reviewed by Kira Hamman, Lecturer in Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, on 2/2/2018.

The book is comprehensive. It covers the entirety of the usual Calculus I curriculum and includes sections with applications that are particularly helpful. … read more



Reviewed by Caleb Moxley, Visiting Assistant Professor, Randolph College, on 8/16/2017.

The test covered all necessary topics for an introductory calculus course with a particularly strong eye to understanding functions. Glossaries … read more



Reviewed by Michelle Perschbacher, Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This book covers all major topics in a typical first calculus course. Our curriculum also includes numerical integration, which is in the … read more



Reviewed by Steve Leonhardi, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Winona State University, on 6/21/2017.

The table of contents and material covered is very similar to most standard, traditional Calculus textbooks intended for the first semester of study. … read more



Reviewed by Angela Simons, Mathematics Instructor, Century College, on 6/21/2017.

The text covers the same material that is covered in Calculus 1 textbooks that I have used in the past and that other members of the department still … read more



Reviewed by Elijah Bunnell, Mathematics Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

This text was very comprehensive. It covered every section that our current book covers for 251 and 252.… read more



Reviewed by Joshua Fitzgerald, Instructor, Miami University, on 8/22/2016.

This text covers the same material as other common Calculus I textbooks. I was unable to find any major topic that is covered in my classes currently … read more


Table of Contents


Functions and Graphs



Applications of Derivatives


Applications of Integration

Table of Integrals

Table of Derivatives

Review of Pre-Calculus


About the Book

Calculus is designed for the typical two- or three-semester general calculus course, incorporating innovative features to enhance student learning. The book guides students through the core concepts of calculus and helps them understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. Due to the comprehensive nature of the material, we are offering the book in three volumes for flexibility and efficiency. Volume 1 covers functions, limits, derivatives, and integration.

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

About the Contributors


Gilbert Strang was an undergraduate at MIT and a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. His Ph.D. was from UCLA and since then he has taught at MIT. He has been a Sloan Fellow and a Fairchild Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Professor of Mathematics at MIT, an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Strang has published eleven books.

He was the President of SIAM during 1999 and 2000, and Chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. He received the von Neumann Medal of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Henrici Prize for applied analysis. The first Su Buchin Prize from the International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Haimo Prize from the Mathematical Association of America, were awarded for his contributions to teaching around the world. His home page is and his video lectures on linear algebra and on computational science and engineering are on

Edwin "Jed" Herman, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Oregon?.?