Calculus of a Single Variable,
8th Edition

Ron Larson, Bruce H. Edwards

ISBN-13: 9780357759509
Copyright 2024 | Published
896 pages | List Price: USD $312.95

Discover the clear explanations and digital support you need to truly understand calculus with CALCULUS OF A SINGLE VARIABLE: EARLY TRANSCENDENTAL FUNCTIONS, 8th Edition by award-winning authors Larson and Edwards. This edition effectively introduces and demonstrates the concepts and rules behind calculus using a thoroughly updated learning experience specifically designed to remove any typical barriers to learning. New "Big Ideas of Calculus" notes present the overarching ideas behind chapter topics, while new automatically graded Proof Problems, annotated examples and "Concept Checks" further reinforce your understanding. Step-by-step solution videos, exercise solutions and other tutorial support are available at no cost from, and In addition, "Explore It" interactive learning modules within WebAssign digital resources help you develop a deeper conceptual understanding of calculus to succeed in this course and beyond.


Graphs and Models. Linear Models and Rates of Change. Functions and Their Graphs. Review of Trigonometric Functions. Inverse Functions. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
A Preview of Calculus. Finding Limits Graphically and Numerically. Evaluating Limits Analytically. Continuity and One-Sided Limits. Infinite Limits. Section Project: Graphs and Limits of Trigonometric Functions. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
The Derivative and the Tangent Line Problem. Basic Differentiation Rules and Rates of Change. Product and Quotient Rules and Higher-Order Derivatives. The Chain Rule. Implicit Differentiation. Section Project: Optical Illusions. Derivatives of Inverse Functions, Related Rates. Newton's Method. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
Extrema on an Interval. Rolle's Theorem and the Mean Value Theorem. Increasing and Decreasing Functions and the First Derivative Test. Section Project: Polynomial Functions of Fourth Degree. Concavity and the Second Derivative Test. Limits at Infinity. A Summary of Curve Sketching. Optimization Problems. Section Project: Minimum Time. Differentials. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
Antiderivatives and Indefinite Integration. Area. Riemann Sums and Definite Integrals. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Integration by Substitution. Section Project: Probability. Indeterminate Forms and L’Hopital’s Rule. The Natural Logarithmic Function: Integration. Inverse Trigonometric Functions: Integration. Hyperbolic Functions. Section Project: Mercator Map. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
Slope Fields and Euler's Method. Growth and Decay. Separation of Variables. The Logistic Equation. First-Order Linear Differential Equations. Section Project: Weight Loss. Predator-Prey Differential Equations. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
Area of a Region Between Two Curves. Volume: The Disk Method. Volume: The Shell Method. Section Project: Saturn. Arc Length and Surfaces of Revolution. Work. Section Project: Pyramid of Khufu. Moments, Centers of Mass, and Centroids. Fluid Pressure and Fluid Force. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
Basic Integration Rules. Integration by Parts. Trigonometric Integrals. Section Project: The Wallis Product. Trigonometric Substitution. Partial Fractions. Numerical Integration. Integration by Tables and Other Integration Techniques. Improper Integrals. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
Sequences. Series and Convergence. Section Project: Cantor's Disappearing Table. The Integral Test and p-Series. Section Project: The Harmonic Series. Comparisons of Series. Alternating Series. The Ratio and Root Tests. Taylor Polynomials and Approximations. Power Series. Representation of Functions by Power Series. Taylor and Maclaurin Series. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
Conics and Calculus. Plane Curves and Parametric Equations. Section Project: Cycloids. Parametric Equations and Calculus. Polar Coordinates and Polar Graphs. Section Project: Cassini Oval. Area and Arc Length in Polar Coordinates. Polar Equations of Conics and Kepler's Laws. Review Exercises. P.S. Problem Solving.
A. Proofs of Selected Theorems.
B. Integration Tables.
C. Precalculus Review.
C.1 Real Numbers and the Real Number Line. C.2 The Cartesian Plane.
D. Rotation and the General Second-Degree Equation (Online).
E. Complex Numbers. (Online).
F. Business and Economic Applications. (Online).
G. Fitting Models to Data. (Online).

  • Ron Larson

    Dr. Ron Larson is a professor of mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1970. He is considered the pioneer of using multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics, having authored more than 30 software titles since 1990. Dr. Larson has also written numerous acclaimed textbooks, including the best-selling Calculus Series published by Cengage. He is the recipient of the 2017 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for PRECALCULUS, the 2018 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTAL FUNCTIONS and the 2017 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS. He also received the 1996 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for INTERACTIVE CALCULUS -- a complete text on CD-ROM that was the first mainstream college textbook to be offered on the internet.

  • Bruce H. Edwards

    Dr. Bruce H. Edwards is professor of mathematics at the University of Florida. Dr. Edwards received his B.S. in mathematics from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Dartmouth College. He taught mathematics at a university near Bogotá, Colombia, as a Peace Corps volunteer. While teaching at the University of Florida, Dr. Edwards has received many teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council Teacher of the Year and the University of Florida Honors Program Teacher of the Year. He was recognized by the Office of Alumni Affairs as the Distinguished Alumni Professor for 1991-1993. Dr. Edwards has taught a variety of mathematics courses at the University of Florida, from first-year calculus to graduate-level classes in algebra and numerical analysis. He is also a frequent speaker at research conferences and meetings of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He has co-authored a wide range of award-winning mathematics textbooks with Dr. Ron Larson.

  • NEW "BIG IDEAS OF CALCULUS" NOTES HELP INSTILL A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF CORE CONCEPTS. This new feature in each chapter introduces the overarching or primary ideas behind the chapter's topics and includes a clear summary of key concepts. Each chapter’s "Concept Checks," "Exploring Concepts" and "Building on Concepts" exercises further solidify students' understanding of the concepts and how to apply them.

  • NEW AUTOMATICALLY GRADED PROOF PROBLEMS IN WEBASSIGN HELP BUILD STUDENT CONFIDENCE. These online Proof Problems guide students through the entire process of writing proofs with carefully crafted practice opportunities and immediate feedback.

  • NEW EXPANDED PROBLEMS IN WEBASSIGN INCLUDE MULTIPLE PARTS TO ENSURE UNDERSTANDING. These online Expanded Problems go beyond the basic exercises to ask students to show the specific steps of their work or to explain the reasoning behind the answers they've provided.

  • STUDENT-FOCUSED APPROACH PROVIDES CLEAR GUIDANCE AND EFFECTIVE LEARNING FEATURES. This title offers section-level objectives and clearly stated theorems and definitions as well as engaging exploration features and helpful insights and remarks.

  • CAREFULLY DESIGNED EXERCISE SETS OFFER RELEVANT AND RIGOROUS PRACTICE. The exercise sets throughout have been refined and carefully reviewed to ensure they offer an appropriate level of difficulty and emphasize relevant content. Conceptual and multi-step questions as well as real-life exercises reinforce problem-solving skills and mastery of concepts by giving students the opportunity to apply concepts in real-life situations.

  • UNIQUE "HOW DO YOU SEE IT?" EXERCISES PROVIDE VISUALLY DRIVEN PRACTICE TO REINFORCE CONCEPTS. These "How Do You See It?" exercises for each section present a problem that your students solve through visual inspection -- using the concepts learned in the lesson they've just completed.

  • WEBASSIGN PROVIDES ONLINE TOOLS TO BUILD STUDENTS’ CONFIDENCE AND ELEVATE PERFORMANCE. WebAssign digital resources provide instant access to expertly designed support for you and your students. WebAssign provides additional, focused practice and the latest instructional videos. This high-quality, affordable content offers you both built-in flexibility and control.

  • TUTORIAL VIDEOS PROVIDE STEP-BY-STEP EXPLANATIONS AND WORKED-OUT SOLUTIONS. For additional support, Larson’s website provides online reinforcement, including tutorial videos that offer stepped-out solutions for selected exercises. In addition, provides videos explaining concepts and proofs.

  • LARSON’S CALCCHAT.COM WEBSITE OFFERS ADDITIONAL ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT. This no-cost invaluable website provides your students with online tutoring options and solutions to all odd-numbered problems.

  • [[[Note from Pete - please verify that this still pertains to this edition.]]] Graded Homework Exercises: Online homework and tests are evaluated using powerful Maple software to ensure mathematical accuracy. Instructors control point values, weighting grades, and whether or not an item is graded. An electronic gradebook helps instructors manage course information easily and can be exported to other files, such as Excel.

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