Customer comments on this Youngstown Ohio Book
no so good, don't buy this book!!
I am studying calculus currently in my ap class. I bought this book. And I found out there are many misprints and errors there.
Should be called "1 Step to a 1"
Avoid this review book. I am a teacher of Calculus, and I am going to teach AP Calculus next year. Unlike most students who need to review, I already know the material 100%. I was SHOCKED by the amount of errors and misprints that are in this book. If you are a student who doesn't know Calculus that well, you are going to think that YOU are the one making errors, but it is the book that is wrong. I contacted the publisher, and they have yet to give me a decent response. I feel this book should be pulled from the shelves. They should title it "1 Step to a 1", and the one step is to buy this book.
5 Stars - same as my AP score
I got a 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam due in large measure to this book. A couple of weeks before the AP, I just worked my way through this book, and that was essentially my only preparation for the AP. I had a terrible calculus teacher, so I had to learn many of the AP topics entirely from this book. Particularly for volume and area problems, this book was utterly illuminating: I was incredibly confused by my teacher's fumbling presentation of the subject, but this book was all I needed to get me back on track. In fact, now that I'm in BC Calculus with the same teacher, I'm sorry that I gave this book away to a friend - 5 Steps to a 5 would certainly help on the simpler BC topics, as well!
I also purchased the Barron's book before taking the AP, which I didn't like nearly as much and spent very little time using. Barron's is much, much harder than the actual AP, which is frustrating, plus the actual instruction in Barron's is a lot more difficult to follow.
5 Steps to a 5 was all the preparation I needed for the AP, but you really need to go through the whole book to get the most out of it. It's some amount of work, but 5 Steps to a 5 easily guides you on the path to earn the top score on the AP.