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Algebra Review for Calculus

Lawrence Neff Stout
Professor of Mathematics
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL

Basic algebra is a native language of most mathematicians; many students don't speak it fluently. Fluency comes with many years of practice. This guide is intended to provide a refresher on some algebraic manipulations which arise often in calculus. It doesn't cover everything and it doesn't provide the practice you may need. I've included a subsection on common errors in each of the sections here- try to avoid the pitfalls I've identified.

Larry Stout 2003-01-09