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3 Post author: Tesseract 29 May 2011 06:20AM

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Comment author: Manfred 29 May 2011 09:00:08AM 0 points [-]

Stewart is commonly used, so it might be good, and it will be easy to find cheap.

Comment author: [deleted] 30 May 2011 10:12:08AM 2 points [-]

Ugh. I remember Stewart. It was all formalism and high-handed discussion of concept, and little in the way of concrete examples. A lot of the learning came from working through the exercises, which is frustrating for obvious reasons. It is thorough, however, and will teach the foundations.

For someone who isn't as interested in formalism, I would recommend Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards (just find an old edition at a used book store). It's geared toward advanced high-school math and had (in my edition at least) a review of pre-calculus/trigonometry, so it might work better for your purposes. Best of luck!