Any suggestions for brushing up on Calculus?

(Aseem Bansal) #1

I was considering to go through Khan academy but wanted to know if there was a better alternative that people can suggest.

I read and was trying to derive the partial derivatives and got lost somewhere in between. So thought I should brush up on Calculus.

(Rachel Thomas) #2

Also check out the 3Blue1Brown essence of calculus video series:


@rachel hope you are doing well in recovery, with best wishes!

(Aseem Bansal) #4

Didn’t know that you were in recovery. Best wishes for your recovery.

(Rachel Thomas) #5

Thank you @wluo and @anshbansal ! I had bacterial meningitis (which is much more severe than viral meningitis), and recovery can take a while.

(rachana) #6

@rachel Wish you fast recovery. Hope you feel better soon.


Robert Ghrist’s series on coursera is amazingly well done. The multivariate course is still in preparation, but the corresponding ebooks are already on Amazon.

(Aseem Bansal) #8

So I made a list of the courses. If I complete these then that is enough for understanding at least some of the Calculus part that comes up in articles? I know it would depend on what I am reading but at least some part of the articles that beginners may come across?


If you are going for the short-term utilitarian approach, I would recommend doing courses 1 and 2 from the list, and then reading the ebooks 1 and 2.

However, if you can make time, I would recommend doing all the courses, because they kind of reinforce each other. Your understanding of differentiation is strengthened by the integration chapters, and the discrete calculus chapters cause you to review everything learned in a new light, again reinforcing the learning.

(Aseem Bansal) #10

I am doing this for long term. So I will do all 5. Thanks for the reference.

(Erin Pangilinan) #11

Here’s a few (I’m a visual learner and a computational designer and software engineer so explaining abstract math concepts visually I can grasp much easier).

BetterExplained - probably some of the better visualized explanations of math - he has lots of links to Calculus classes other than the ones I found on Coursera that I recommend. He has a good book too.

Brilliant - more quizlet-like, magoosh like Q&A but great interactive to remember concepts.

(Satchel Grant) #12

This is a great textbook (and it’s free!):

The book consists of ~2 page sections with great practice problems at the end of each section. He does a great job providing both conceptual understanding and practical implementation.


Calculus made easy by Slyvanus Thompson. Quite possibly the best calculus book I’ve ever read. Its free online or you can buy on amazon. It’s like 100 years old.


+1 for 3Blue1Brown, amazing content. If you are like me and you like to learn by solving problems I can highly recommend the Art of Problem Solving books, they cover calculus as well. As you said you are doing this for the long-term I can also recommend Understanding Analysis by Stephen Abbott, which is a nice, and very readable, introduction if you prefer to go deeper.