Vinod Kurup

Hospitalist/programmer in search of the meaning of life

Dec 11, 2003 - 1 minute read - Comments - book-review

Errata for Quick Calculus

I just read Quick Calculus: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel Kleppner and Norman Ramsey. I found a few errors, but couldn’t find an errata listing online, so I’m documenting them here for future reference.

  1. Page 107, Frame 206. The quotient rule as it’s initially expressed is incorrect. The correct version is stated at the bottom of the page and also on page 102, Frame 194.

  2. Page 173, Frame 330. None of the options listed are correct. The correct answer is 15

  3. Page 187, Frame 355. The initial expression of Simpson’s rule is confusing. It should be: AB y dx = 2/6 Δ (y0 + 4y1 + y2 + y2 + 4y3 + y4 + … + yN-2 + 4yN-1 + yN)

Errors in technical books annoy me because I spend way too much time trying to figure out why I’m mixed up. Not having a published errata online annoys me even more. See Mark’s book for an errata page done right.

All ranting aside, Quick Calculus is an ideal resource if you’re looking to brush up on the basics of Calculus. It’s short and interactive, yet it doesn’t sugarcoat the material.

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