This Student Guide i s exceptional, maybe even unique, among such guides in that its author, Fred Soon, was actually a student user of the textbook during one of the years we were writing and debugging the book. (He was one of the best students that year, by the way.) Because of h i s background, Fred has taken, i n the Guide, the point of view of an experienced student tutor helping you to learn calculus. lJhile we do not always think Fred's jokes are as funny as he does, we appreciate his enthusiasm and his desire to enter in to communication with his readers ; since we nearly always agree with the mathematical judgements he has made in explaining the material , we believe that this Guide can serve you as a valuable supplement to our text .
To get maximum benefit from this Guide, you should begin by spending a few moments to acquaint yourself with its structure . Once you gets tarted in the course, take advantage of the many opportunities which the text and Student Guide together provide for learning calculus in the only way that any mathem atical subject can truly be mastered - through attempting to solve problems on your own. As you read the text , try doing each example and exercise yours elf before reading the solution ; do the same with the quiz problems provided by Fred.
Fred Soon knows our textbook better than anyone with the (possible) exception of ourselves, having spent hundreds of hours over the past ten years assisting us with its creation and proofreading. We have enjoyed our association with him over this period, and we hope now that you, too, will benefit from his efforts .