Mathematics in Engineering and ScienceISBN: 9780471970934
768 pages
June 1998

In today's world, technology plays an increasingly important role.
At the same time, mathematics is finding ever wider areas of
application as we seek to understand more about the way in which
nature works. Traditionally, engineering and science have relied on
mathematical models for design and for the prediction of the
behaviour of phenomena. Although widespread availability of
computers and pocket calculators has reduced the need for long,
tedious calculations to be carried out manually, it is still
important to be able to perform simple calculations in order to
have a feel for the processes involved. This book starts with a
detailed synopsis of the material included in the authors' related
textbook Foundation Mathematics (Wiley, 1998). It then
expands the material in the areas of trigonometry, solution of
equations and algebra. Vectors are covered next, then calculus is
taken forward into geometrical applications. Matrix algebra and
uncertainty follow before deeper analysis in chapters on integer
variables, differential equations and complex numbers leads towards
an appendix on mathematical modelling. Each chapter opens with a
list of learning objectives and ends with a summary of key points
and results. A generous supply of worked examples incorporating
motivational applications is designed to build knowledge and skill.
Drill and practice is essential and the exercises are graded in
difficulty for reading and revision: the answers at the end of each
chapter include helpful hints. Use of a pocket calculator is
encouraged where appropriate. Many of the exercises can be
validated by computer algebra and its use is strongly recommended
where higher algebraic accuracy can be achieved and drudgery
removed. The concise and focused approach of Mathematics in
Engineering and Science will enable the student reader to
approach the challenges of mathematics in a course at university
level with confidence.
Foundation Mathematics and Mathematics in Engineering and Science are written to be both complementary and independent; students may follow both books consecutively or may use just one, depending on their previous mathematical experience and the level of mathematical development that they wish to achieve
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