Book Review: Calculus for Middle Schoolers by Serena Swegle
Just The Facts
Calculus for Middle Schoolers
Author: Serena Swegle
Publisher: Sunhut Publishing
Cost: $26.50 for Paperback, $9.99 for Kindle (as of 10/23/2020)
The number e (2.718281828...)
The common logarithm (base 10)
The natural logarithm (base e)
Trig Functions (sine, cosine, tangent)
Derivative - the derivative of a polynomial
Integral - the integral of a polynomial
The Derivative and Integral of e^x
An Introduction to Calculus
The target audience is middle school students. However, book serves as a great introduction to calculus for high school and college students who are taking calculus for the first time. The book gives a simple, concrete introduction to various subjects, in an easy-to-read narrative. Calculus is a complex subject, and this book allows readers, who may be intimidated about the subject, to develop a understanding.
I would recommend this book to be read prior to the student's first calculus class. The book can be read in one or two days, but I feel it was meant to read as one chapter a time per day or week.
Swegle's book is well written, in a concise language. The chapter covers one concept at the time, which serves as a great introduction to a rich subject. The examples are simple and apply closely to the text. I wish Swegle put a summary of all the topics covered at the end of the book as a wrap up. Otherwise, I recommend this book for educators and parents. For those who have the Kindle app, $9.99 is a good price point. Recommended.
Thank you, Serena for recommending this book for me to review.
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