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Getting a copy of Stroll

A Stroll through Calculus covers many of the concepts of calculus in an informal way with little more than intermediate algebra (and later, some trig). It's an attempt to help people understand what's going on without intimidating proofs or formalities, because the basic notions of calculus are both straightforward and elegant. Although Stroll is listed a a textbook for my courses, I put copies on reserve in the library so that I'm not forcing any of my students to buy my book. However, Stroll is listed by the ARC bookstore as a “required” text because that way those of you who want to purchase it can use financial aid resources to do so; otherwise you couldn't.

Here are instructions for obtaining a discounted copy ($33.95 for print, $30.95 for digital, instead of the marked-up bookstore price) directly from Cognella, the publisher. Video instructions for placing an order and downloading an eBook are available at:

Step 1: Visit
Step 2: Create an account or log on if you have an existing account.
Step 3: Select your state and then your college from the dropdown menu.
Step 4: Scroll to find your course listing [use Math 129 in our case] and select your textbook from the list of available course materials. Choose your preferred textbook format, and follow the checkout instructions to complete your purchase. Payment can be made using all major credit cards.

Any problems should be reported via e-mail to or by phone to 800.200.3908 ext. 503.

By the way, after one of my students obtains a copy of Stroll, I will refund my author's royalty to them. I'm not looking to harvest my class for income.