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Free-Licenced Mathematical Textbooks

Last Edited: June 6, 2015

The Mathematic textbooks below are based only on Precalculus and Calculus.  Free-Licensed textbooks exist for other mathematical subjects which will be included in the future.  Please refer to the References and Additional Resources below for other Free Mathematical Textbooks.

The mathematical textbooks presented below fall under this criteria:
  • Licensed under a Creative Commons License or GNU Free Documentation License.
  • Utilized in classroom settings.
  • Encompasses the subject. (ie. not divided into separate chapters or sections, to be used only with other forms of media such as video)
If you have any other suggestions for other Calculus or Precalculus books, feel free to comment.

Clicking the link ‘[View .PDF in Google Drive]’ for each textbook entry will allow you to share, save, and print.  However, if you want to duplicate the textbook, I’d recommend purchasing a printed copy from the author’s official website.  In most cases, the cost of printing an entire text is more than buying a professionally bound and printed copy.  

All the textbooks below are based on these two licenses that allow for sharing: the Creative Commons (CC) license and the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL).  Copyrighted work licensed under the CC license allows the medium to be shared and distributed worldwide (and meets all other licensing criteria determined by the CC license).  Copyrighted work under the FDL allows the documents to be copied, redistributed and modified.  All modified works of CC Share-alike and FDL must carry the same license as the original work was licensed under.  All of the works below are copyrighted and both the CC license and the FDL allow individuals the rights to share the medium without copyright infringement.  As with all licenses and copyright, individuals using these materials must abide by all conditions stated in both copyright law and the licensing terms.  Also note, not all CC licences have the same rights.  Go to the Creative Commons for more information about CC licensing or click the licensing section for each textbook to discover what your rights are.

In general: Please (prolifically) share the textbooks below, support these authors endeavors and convince mathematical departments introduce this material into their curriculum.  A free and open education is an essential tool for all of mankind to reach its highest potential. 


Precalculus by David H. Collingwood, K. David Prince, Matthew M. Conroy
September 2, 2011
335 Pages

Precalculus by Carl Stitz, Jeff Zeager, et al.
July 4th, 2013 - Version 3
568 pages

Precalculus by Thomas Tradler, Holly Carley, et al.
2012 - Version 2.6 (Second Edition)
425 pages

Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions by David Lippman, Melonie Rasmussen, et al.
2014 - Version 1.4 (Fifth Printing of Edition 1)
1094 pages


Active Calculus by Matthew Boelkins, David Austin, Steven Schlicker
2014 - First Edition
550 pages

Apex Calculus by Gregory Hartman, Brian Heinhold, Troy Siemers, Dimplekumar Chalishajar
2014 - Version 2.0
846 pages

Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Single Variable) by David Guichard, Neal Koblitz, et al.
May 23, 2015
320 pages

Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Multivariable) by David Guichard, Neal Koblitz, et al.
May 23, 2015
513 pages

Calculus: Late Transcendentals (Single Variable) by David Guichard, Neal Koblitz, et al.
May 23, 2015
332 pages

Calculus: Late Transcendentals (Multivariable) by David Guichard, Neal Koblitz, et al.
May 23, 2015
525 pages

Differential Calculus and SAGE by William Anthony Granville, David Joyner
Revised Edition
275 pages

Integral Calculus and SAGE by Dale Hoffman, William Stein, David Joyner
April 4th, 2009
174 pages

Mooculus Calculus by Jim Fowler, Bart Snapp, et al.
April 10th, 2014
258 pages
Official Website: https://mooculus.osu.edu/

Vector Calculus by Michael Corral
May 21st, 2013
222 pages
Official Website: http://www.mecmath.net/


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