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Brief Calculus: An Applied Approach, 8th Edition

Brief Calculus: An Applied Approach, 8th Edition

Michael Sullivan

ISBN: 978-0-471-70761-5

Feb 2012

672 pages

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Looking for a textbook to help you motivate your students? Sullivan's Brief Calculus: An Applied Approach 8/e continues its rich tradition of engaging students and demonstrating how mathematics applies to various fields of study. The text is packed with real data and real-life applications to business, economics, social and life sciences. The new Eighth Edition also features a new full color design and improved goal-oriented pedagogy to further help student understanding.


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Chapter 0. Review.

Chapter 1. Functions and Their Graphs.

Chapter 2. Classes of Functions.

Chapter 3. The Limit of a Function.

Chapter 4. The Derivative of a Function.

Chapter 5. Applications: Graphing Functions; Optimization.

Chapter 6. The Integral of a Function and Applications.

Chapter 7. Other Applications and Extensions of the Integral.

Chapter 8. Calculus of Functions of Two or More Variables.

Appendix: Graphing Utilities.

Appendix 1. The Viewing Rectangle.

Appendix 2. Using a Graphing Utility to Graph Equations.

Appendix 3. Square Screens.

Appendix 4. Using a Graphing Utility To Locate Intercepts and Check for Symmetry.

Appendix 5. Using a Graphing Utility to Solve Equations.

Answers to Odd-Numbers Problems.

Photo Credits.


  • NEW! Full color design improves clarity and assists student understanding with consistant pedagogical use of color.
  • More applications using real data enhances student motivation. Many of these applications include source lines, to show how mathematics is used in the real world.
  • NEW! Conceptual problems ask students to put the concepts and results into their own words. These problems are marked with an icon to make them easier to assign.
  • The Preparing for this Section feature guides the student on which concepts to review before starting each new section.
  • Each section begins with a set of objectives, which are highlighted and maintained throughout the section. At the end of each chapter, these objectives are reviewed, with specific Review Exercises to test the student's command of the material.
  • Each chapter ends with a Chapter Project that can be used in class, assigned for homework, or employed for group work.
  • NEW! Use of Excel spreadsheets are now integrated throughout.
Optional Use of Technology:
  • More opportunities for the use of graphing calculator, including screen shots and instructions.
  • Icons clearly identify each opportunity for the use of spreadsheets or graphing calculator.
Now Work Problems appear throughout the text, giving the student the chance to immediately reinforce the skill or concept they have just learned.
Chapter Reviews contain a variety of features to help synthesize the ideas of the chapter:
  • Objectives Check
  • Important Terms and Concepts
  • True-False Items
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Review Exercises