## CSETMathGuru: THE Site for Single Subject Math

**What books do I recommend for the Subtest III: Calculus/Trigonometry portion of the Single Subject Math CSET?**

Both Calculus and Trigonometry require their own preparation materials. The History of Math component is only a small part of the test and I don't believe you can 'prepare' for it in the conventional sense!

For a fairly exhaustive and descriptive study content for Subtest III, consult the link

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**Subtest III: Calculus and Trigonometry Syllabus****For Calculus**, I earnestly recommend any - one or more! - of the following books:

a)

**Calculus and Analytical Geometry**

By:

**Thomas/Finney**

Edition: 9/10th

Pub: Addison Wesley;

Comments: This book is simply a classic, there's nothing more to be said! The authors (G B Thomas and Ross L Finney) have written books with IDENTICAL titles INDIVIDUALLY too, but all these books are of the same extraordinary calibre!! Also, this book is available as one book or as two (Vol 1 and Vol. 2): in the latter case, Vol 1 is more than adequate for the CSET.

b)

**Calculus**(4th Edition) OR

**Calculus: Concepts and Contexts**(2nd Edition)

By:

**James Stewart**

Pub: Brooks/Cole

Comments: Another excellent set of books, very simply and ably written by someone who has also co-authored one of the Algebra books I've strongly recommended.

c)

**Calculus**

By:

**Larson/Hostetler/Edwards**

Edition: 5th/6th

Pub: Heath

Comments: Comparable to the others! Very user-friendly, and a standard text for AP Calculus in High Schools.

d)

**Calculus**

By:

**Smith/Minton**

Edition: 2nd

Pub: McGrawHill

Comments: A book written in a singularly detailed manner: these chaps take nothing for granted, and there are small, insightful observations about problem-solving, offering tips, pointers and pitfalls at all the right places, which enormously endeared itself to me!

**For Trigonometry**, any of the books I've recommended for Subtest I: Algebra would be sufficient. (Examine Subtest I Algebra Prep Resources).

In the Algebra books, there are usually 3 chapters devoted to Trigonometry, and all three merit your attention and mastery!

Otherwise, there are dedicated books on the subject that are excellent, for instance:

**Analytical Trigonometry with Applications**

By:

**Barnett/Ziegler**

Edition: 6th

Pub: PWS Publishing

Remember:

**You need not purchase the current edition of any of the above textbooks!**Changes from one edition to the next is usually incremental , and it's a bloody beastly scam of rapacious book publishers to insure continuous sales by supposedly updating their books!