Yet Another Calculus Text

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Dan Sloughter, Furman University

Pub Date: 2007

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Publisher: Independent

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Table of Contents

Preface 
Contents 
1 Derivatives 

  • 1.1 The arrow paradox
  • 1.2 Rates of change
  • 1.3 The hyperreals
  • 1.4 Continuous functions
  • 1.5 Properties of continuous functions 
  • 1.6 The derivative
  • 1.7 Properties of derivatives
  • 1.8 A geometric interpretation of the derivative 
  • 1.9 Increasing, decreasing, and local extrema 
  • 1.10 Optimization
  • 1.11 Implicit differentiation and rates of change 
  • 1.12 Higher-order derivatives

2 Integrals 

  • 2.1 Integrals 
  • 2.2 Definite integrals 
  • 2.3 Properties of definite integrals 
  • 2.4 The fundamental theorem of integrals 
  • 2.5 Applications of definite integrals 
  • 2.6 Some techniques for evaluating integrals 
  • 2.7 The exponential and logarithm functions

Answers to Exercises 
Index 

About the Book

I intend this book to be, firstly, a introduction to calculus based on the hyperreal number system. In other words, I will use infinitesimal and infinite numbers freely. Just as most beginning calculus books provide no logical justification for the real number system, I will provide none for the hyperreals. The reader interested in questions of foundations should consult books such as Abraham Robinson’s Non-standard Analysis or Robert Goldblatt’s Lectures on the Hyperreals.


Secondly, I have aimed the text primarily at readers who already have some familiarity with calculus. Although the book does not explicitly assume any prerequisites beyond basic algebra and trigonometry, in practice the pace is too fast for most of those without some acquaintance with the basic notions of calculus.

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Author(s)

Dan Sloughter has been teaching Furman students since 1986, and became Professor of Mathematics in 1996. He previously served as an assistant professor at Santa Clara University from 1983-86, and at Boston College from 1981-83. He was also an instructor at Dartmouth College from 1979-81.