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Cliffsap Calculus AB and BC, 3rd Edition [Paperback]

By Kerry King (Author) & Dale W. Johnson (Author)
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CliffsAP study guides help you gain an edge on Advanced Placement* exams. Review exercises, realistic practice exams, and effective test-taking strategies are the key to calmer nerves and higher AP* scores.

"CliffsAP Calculus AB and BC" is for students who are enrolled in AP Calculus AB and/or BC or who are preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination in these areas. The Calculus BC exam includes all of the material in the Calculus AB exam plus additional selected topics, notably on sequences and series. Inside, you'll find test-taking strategies, a clear explanation of the exam format, a look at how exams are graded, and more: A topic-by-topic look at what's on the examTips for test preparationSuggested approaches to free-response and multiple-choice questionsTwo full-length practice testsAnswers to frequently asked questions about the exam

Sample questions (and answers ) and practice tests reinforce what you've learned in areas such as limits and continuity, antiderivatives and definite integrals, and polynomial approximations. "CliffsAP Calculus AB and BC" also includes information on the following: Trigonometric functionsAlgebraic techniques for finding limitsDerivatives of exponential functionsDifferential equations and slope fieldsRadius and interval of convergence of power seriesNumerical solutions to differential equations: Euler's Method

This comprehensive guide offers a thorough review of key concepts and detailed answer explanations. It's all you need to do your best -- and get the college credits you deserve.

"*Advanced Placement Program and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Cliffs Notes
Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.6" Width: 8.1" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   Cliffs Notes
Series  CliffsAP  
ISBN  0764586831  
ISBN13  9780764586835  
UPC  785555046542  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Calculus AB and BC (Cliffs AP)?

Poor Practice Exams  Sep 3, 2007
The practice tests don't mimick the actual AP exam. After looking at some questions on their practice test, I had to turn back and look at the cover of the book--I thought that I was looking at some sort of pre-calculus book.

For example, one multiple-choice question (on the practice exam) asks you to complete the double-angle formula for sine(2x). How ridiculous! Such a question would never be on the AP exam.

Another multiple-choice question asks for the interval over which ln(x+3) is nonnegative; Again, another question which is highly unlikely to appear on the AP exam because it's a simple pre-calculus question.

okay  Jul 13, 2007
basically what most of the other reviewers said. this calc prep book is too easy for the ap tests that are now being administered. there are quite a few typos which makes everything a little more confusing. the lessons are okay, but only if you want to review or clear up a fuzzy area. i dont think you can learn calc from this book. what's helpful though is that in the back there are these english-to-calculus translations that are great to memorize and help tremendously for the test. but other than that, look elsewhere for an outstanding calc book.
Falls short of the mark ...  Jun 21, 2007
Let me preface this by saying that I spent the last year helping my daughter self-study for the AP Calculus Exam given in May 2007. I bought 4 AP Calculus review guides, 2 textbooks, and looked up the openly available free response questions from the actual tests for the last 7 years. Unfortunately, I agree with the more recent reviews that this guide is inadequate. My overall impression was that Cliffs wanted to expand into other "study" areas besides their well-known CLiffs Notes in literature booklets and put this book together for such a purpose.

The book is filled with typographical errors which are annoying. More over, the book is just too easy. Anyone who has looked at the actual free response questions given on either the AB or BC tests will quickly realize the inadequacy of this book.

The AP test is no longer one in which simple differentiation and integration will carry the day. You need to know how to use your calculator to solve problems, clearly understand the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and its applications, be able to read graphs and determine their properties as they relate to calculus, and be able to use data tables in solving problems. This book does none of these adequately.
In response to one of the reviews.  Apr 13, 2006
One of the review said that Calculus is "Algebra 1" of Advanced Mathematics, which is blatantly incorrect. Calculus and Algebra are two distinctly seperate branches of mathematics although they may involve the use of each other. Also it is rather correct to call calculus a baby Analysis; more correct way to call high school AP Calculus is Calculus without proofs - calculus without substance.
Eh, it was okay...  Jul 26, 2005
I took AP Calc BC at our school (which is taught by a very qualified teacher), but I bought this book in case. It helped me with some of my fuzzy areas, but otherwise I felt it just wasn't up to par. There were a lot of typos in the book and the practice tests were too easy. I got a 5 nonetheless, but I would attribute that to my teacher and not the book.

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