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eBook Cracking the AP Calculus AB  BC Exams, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) download ISBN: 0307946185
Author: Princeton Review
Publisher: Princeton Review (August 6, 2013)
Language: English
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Category: Math Sciences
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If you did not know how to do something at all, this book will do little to help out. However, if you have a good foundation about a certain topic, and are looking to just enhance your knowledge on that topic, then this book should help you out with that.

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THE PRINCETON REVIEW GETS RESULTS. Get all the prep you need to ace the AP Calculus AB & BC Exams with 5 full-length practice tests, thorough topic reviews, and proven techniques to help you score higher.Inside the Book: All the Practice & Strategies You Need 5 full-length practice tests (3 for AB, 2 for BC) with detailed explanations • Answer explanations for each practice question• Comprehensive subject reviews from content experts on all test topics• Practice drills at the end of each chapter• A cheat sheet of key formulas• Step-by-step strategies & techniques for every section of the exam
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I have included portions of my review for the earlier 2009 copy with minor updating as appropriate. I felt this 5 year later version should be even better. (See Bottom Line below.)

Based on my experience, it is possible to complete this book in about eight weeks, working at a comfortable paces.

There are now three new prefatory chapters similar to other recent "Cracking the AP" Princeton study guides in this series. These chapters add little to the study of calculus, which now begins in Part IV, but they may prove useful to some taking the AP test. They total only about 25 pages. The "meat" of the study guide now starts on page 30.

May I gently suggest considering the paperback rather than the Kindle version. The formulas in the Kindle edition are very small, and difficult to read. Changing to a larger font does not seem to help. This problem is visible even on the latest current Kindle, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9". These Kindle reading difficulties are noticeable throughout, and start at the beginning of the calculus presentation, when limits are introduced. The subscripts for the 'lim' notation, such 'x -> 2' are relatively small in normal use. However, they appear even smaller in the Kindle version. So small that they are, literally, unreadable.

This book provides an outstanding presentation of core topics in applied calculus. Only areas identified by the AP Calculus Development Committee are covered. Narrowing the areas presented to those needed for the exam considerably reduces preparation time. Whether you are taking the AP exam or not, this is an excellent self-study guide to calculus.

The greatest strength of this text is its excellent practice problems sets with fully-worked solutions. There are usually about 8 - 25 problems per set, often with multiple problem sets per chapter. Surprisingly, for a book with this many problems, solutions are usually well-described and accurate. Although there are the rare solution section errors, e.g., the incorrectly drawn figure on page 445, or the solution to a different problem than that given on page 450.

Arguably, the book's primary deficiency is its strong emphasis on memorization of problem formats and pattern solutions, to the exclusion of a more general problem-solving strategy. The pattern-solving approach, while extremely helpful for the AP exam, may occasionally lead to "missing the forest for the trees", resulting in readers spending more time solving a problem than needed. As one example, in Chapter 8, Problem Set 8, problem 13 readers are asked to, "Find the values of x where the normal to the graph of (x-9)^2 is parallel to the y-axis." The solution presented follows the previously presented solution pattern of finding the derivative of the curve, i.e., the slope of the tangent to the curve, recognizing that the slope of the normal is the negative reciprocal of the slope of the tangent, and then finding where the slope of the negative reciprocal is infinite. Simply recognizing (x-9)^2 as an upward opening parabola with vertex at x=9 would have allowed the solution to be quickly identified by inspection.

It seems that the material from earlier editions, including deficiencies and errors, were just copied into this edition, with few if any changes. Later calculus titles in this series have later dates, but it appears other than more current dates, little of substance has been changed.

Fortunately, this and earlier editions were/are excellent in their coverage with only limited problems. Some of these deficiencies include the occasional editing lapse, although the unrelated integral trigonometric equation that appeared in the middle of page 81 in the 2009 edition is now missing from page 128, the equivalent location, in the 2014 edition. Some extended coverage, at least an appendix, on the use of graphing calculators, as they are now required for the exams, would have been appreciated and is still missing in this edition. Also, the paper appears to be relatively lower quality than usual, which is probably acceptable considering the book's relatively low cost. The print appears lighter than in earlier editions and Chapter headings are definitely not as dark. Overall, the change in font is -not- an improvement.

If you are considering an earlier edition to reduce costs, note that although the presentation, examples, and problem sets in earlier editions such as the 1999/2000 appear almost identical to the current edition, earlier editions, e.g., 1999/2000, only provided answers.

Although there are some minor deficiencies, this book can be highly recommended for those preparing for AP calculus exams, owing to the excellent concise presentation of topics, and the outstanding and extensive sets of problems with full solutions.

The 2014 text still includes relatively extended coverage of curve sketching, an anachronism from earlier decades when plotting software and graphing calculators were not widely available.

This book can be highly recommend for self-study in preparation for applied courses or independent reading where a basic understanding of calculus is needed, even if the AP exams are not a consideration.

If one compares the table of contents of the new Part IV's, 21 chapters, relative to the calculus content of earlier editions, it will be found to be essentially identical. Therefore, an earlier less expensive edition, from 2009 forward would be an equally good, and in terms of its better font, perhaps a superior option. However, owing to its relatively low cost, this edition would seem an appropriate, although clearly not a required choice, as earlier editions after 2009 are essentially identical. Earlier errors appear to have been retained, and the "meat" of calculus material is fundamentally unaltered. It appears little effort was made to correct earlier errors, and these still appear in this edition.

Bottom line: If you can find a less expensive and clean edition from 2009 or later, considering this edition's slightly harder to read font, and almost identical content, an earlier edition is a viable and, possibly even, better choice.
This just might be the best book on problem solving in Calculus. Not just for AP Calculus - but Calculus in general.
The reason is that the author, in his no non-sense style, cuts through the fluff and tells you exactly what needs to be done to solve Calculus problems. As you can perhaps imagine this is not the best book for Calculus theory. However, this book does help the student develop good intuition about the problems - this type of conceptual understanding is a necessity for doing well on AP Calculus exams.
The actual number of problems isn't that high - which is a positive since the student attempting AP Calculus AB or BC is already a good math student and doesn't need additional drills. Instead the few problems cover almost all the different problem types. This means that the student should attempt or at least browse all the problems in this book.
This is a HUGE book. It goes very in-depth, which is great and not so great at the same time. It will take you a while to get through the book. And even then, it is not very helpful for the AP test to just go through the book. For AP test prep, it is good to have a summary of things to make sure you know how to do, etc. This book contains no summary. It is very extensive. Therefore, while this is a great book to have for in-depth coverage of countless AB and BC topics, it needs to be paired with a more concise AP test prep book that will walk you through some test tips and tricks, some of the most commonly used topics, etc.

I found this book very helpful when paired with some practice tests provided by my high school. If there was a topic I needed clarification on, I could trust that this book could help me since it was so in-depth. So get this book, but also get something else!
I can't read a single page of the Kindle edition. If I could get my money back I would. I bought 3 math books all together including this one on a payday and I can't read any of them. I'm out $55 in kindle books I can't even use. My bad.

Problem is you only see half the equation on one page to another. Same as a real book, but its very hard to flip between pages on Kindle considering there is only half a page of text displayed at a time. Also because of the way the formula's are attached you might only see a picture of a formula and a couple lines of text.

Trust me it's crap. You can't print it, can't copy enough text to even get the answers from the back of the book. You have to flip back and forth between 50 pages for each question. It just doesn't work well on Kindle.

I should not rate it a '1' but I'm just ticked that they'd release a kindle book with such bad formatting. I'd rate the content itself but after 3 attempts to read and comprehend it I gave up.
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Unlike some of the other books in the Princeton Review arsenal, this book doesn't do a great job of teaching content that was previously unknown. If you did not know how to do something at all, this book will do little to help out. However, if you have a good foundation about a certain topic, and are looking to just enhance your knowledge on that topic, then this book should help you out with that.

Organization: This book is neat, and structured the way that the class is taught. The more advanced topics are in the back, while the review of Pre-Calc topics are in the front. It's ordered the same way most schools (including mine) teach the actual course.

Practice Tests: The Book is filled with practice tests, 3 for the AB test and 2 for the BC test. They come with explanations, free response questions, and even an answer sheet that looks similar to the one on the AP test. It's easy to use this to simulate how the actual test will be.