The Manga Guide to Calculus

The Manga Guide to Calculus

by Hiroyuki Kojima, Shin Togami, and Becom Co., Ltd.
August 2009, 256 pp.

Noriko is just getting started as a junior reporter for the Asagake Times. She wants to cover the hard-hitting issues, like world affairs and politics, but does she have the smarts for it? Thankfully, her overbearing and math-minded boss, Mr. Seki, is here to teach her how to analyze her stories with a mathematical eye.

In The Manga Guide to Calculus, you'll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors. You'll see that calculus is a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the world around us, with help from real-world examples like probability, supply and demand curves, the economics of pollution, and the density of Shochu (a Japanese liquor).

Mr. Seki teaches Noriko how to:

  • Use differentiation to understand a function's rate of change
  • Apply the fundamental theorem of calculus, and grasp the relationship between a function's derivative and its integral
  • Integrate and differentiate trigonometric and other complicated functions
  • Use multivariate calculus and partial differentiation to deal with tricky functions
  • Use Taylor Expansions to accurately imitate difficult functions with polynomials

Whether you're struggling through a calculus course for the first time or you just need a painless refresher, you'll find what you're looking for in The Manga Guide to Calculus.

This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.

Author Bio 

Hiroyuki Kojima was born in 1958. He received his PhD in Economics from the Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, at the University of Tokyo. He has worked as a lecturer and is now an associate professor in the Faculty of Economics at Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan. While highly appraised as an economist, he is also active as an essayist and has published a wide range of books on mathematics and economics at the fundamental, practical, and academic levels.

Table of contents 

Prologue: What is a Function?

Chapter 1: Let's Differentiate a Function!
Chapter 2: Let's Learn Differentiation Techniques!
Chapter 3: Let's Integrate a Function!
Chapter 4: Let's Learn Integration Techniques!
Chapter 5: Let's Learn About Taylor Expansions!
Chapter 6: Let's Learn About Partial Differentiation!


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"A fun, different approach to a subject that's always a hard sell."
Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries

"The Manga Guide to Calculus is an entertaining comic with colorful characters and a fun strategy to teach its readers calculus."
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"The Manga Guide to Calculus would make an excellent supplement for
anyone seeking a firmer intuitive grasp of the subject. It is entertaining, and it does an excellent job of exploring the meaning and relevance of calculus to the physical world."
Math Horizons, a periodical from the Mathematical Association of America

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