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The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems (Humongous Books)

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Mathematics Standardized Test Prep Middle/High School Workbook

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Pros

  • Every topic, specific type of problem and formula is easy to find using the detailed table of contents, index and appendices.
  • Students will like the handwriting style notes in the margins which directly point to and target possible confusing details in the answer explanation.
  • Language used in this book is simple and easy for teenagers to digest and comprehend.

Considerations

  • This book does not provide simulated test taking practice problems for students looking for actual practice for the AP Calculus exams.

Mindprint Expert Review

The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems is an effective, comprehensive workbook that provides 1,000 calculus problems and solutions that can be used to help students with calculus as well as prepare for the Calculus AB and BC Advanced Placement exams. The book covers all of pre-calculus for students who may have forgotten material necessary to continue and there are plenty of extra challenging "skull and crossbones" problems for every topic. Students who are having difficulty with the class will find plenty of practice problems with easy to understand solutions that follow every problem. In addition, in the margins there are additional helpful hints and guidance written in relatable language, in “handwriting” style notations found in the margins. For example, a student might read: “If you can’t find the tangent slope, make due with a nearby secant slope, “ or “In other words…," "Be careful..." with an arrow pointing to the exact part of the explanation. The alphabetical index of concepts with specific problem numbers and the detailed table of contents make it easy for students to find specific topics and problems for study. The appendix provides every essential formula. Overall, this is an outstanding choice for students who need extra help or practice to find plenty of practice problems as well as understandable solutions and explanations that they might not find anywhere else.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)

Fun

Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Includes reward stickers
  • Visually stimulating and appealing (uses student-centered pictures, colors, and themes)
  • Graphics and overall feel of the workbook is appropriate for the target age range
  • Relative to most workbooks, fun to use from a child's perspective
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Specific topics/lessons are easy to find
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Manufacturer Description

The only way to learn calculus is to--wait for it... do calculus problems. Lots of them... Sorry!


And that's what you get in this book--more calculus problems than your worst nightmare--but with a BIG difference. Award-winning calculus teacher W. Michael Kelley has been through the whole book and made a ton of notes, so you get:

-- 1.000 problems with comprehensive solutions
-- Annotated notes throughout the text, clarifying exactly what's being asked
-- Really detailed answers (no more skipped steps!)
-- Extra explanations that make what's baffling perfectly clear
-- Pointers to other problems that show skills you need

And all of the major players are here: limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, tangent lines, velocity, acceleration, area, volume, infinite series--even the really tough stuff like epsilon-delta proofs and formal Riemann sums.

So dig in to your heart's content!