Frequently Asked Questions
Last update: 5/9/14
- Can I read all of this book on my tablet or computer?
Ans. Yes, all of the text, interactions, and mathematical formulas will appear properly in any standards-compliant browser, such as Safari or Firefox.
- Why is there no calculus in Chapter 1?
Ans. Chapter 1 is the stuff we find that hardly any students starting a college calculus course actually understand. (Anyone who thinks their students really have mastered this material can obviously start with Chapter 2, maybe with a brief review of terminology.) In particular, the typical high school preparation leaves students with a warped or nonexistent understanding of the nature of function (both as process and as object), and straightening this out is crucial for understanding the rest of the book.
- How do I find my favorite topic in this book?
Ans. From the front page or any of the Contents pages, you can click on Index. The Index always opens to a page for topics starting with A through C, but there are links to all the other pages at the top and bottom of every Index page. The entry for your favorite (or any) topic is linked to the page in the book where that topic is introduced.
- How do I make the text bigger?
Ans. On a tablet, use landscape mode rather than portrait mode. You can also use the "expand" gesture. On a computer, use Ctrl-+ or whatever your browser needs for larger text.
- How do I make formulas bigger?
Ans. See the preceding answer — formulas scale up with the text size.