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ISBN-13: 978-0073401102 ISBN-10: 0073401102 Edition: 3rd
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Steven C. Chapra (Medford, MA) is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3 edition (January 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073401102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073401102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ivyxe on October 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend preforming a search for this book on Google.
You'll be able to get the entire book for free as a pdf.

Here is a link, but again, you can just Google it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on September 24, 2013
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I've been reading this book and it gives you plenty of examples to understand the basic concepts of Matlab. It is very similar to the programming language Python, with small differences between the two languages. However, it would be wise to get at least the 2011b or higher version of Matlab to follow with this book due to how it codes Matlab expressions. The exercises at the end of each chapter do get moderately difficult as there is a lot of bookkeeping to do in terms of keeping a function/script and knowing how to apply them in Matlab language without any errors so the program knows what you are attempting to have it do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tibbetts on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book explains the material very well. I took the class Fall 11 and heavily relied on the book for my success. It thoroughly explains the processes and math and does not assume you know background material. Key MATLAB programs are demonstrated and the steps explained well. I recommend it for anyone needing to understand MATLAB in an engineering and numerical analysis setting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becc on October 27, 2014
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This book is 100% useless and frustrating unless you 1) only need to be able to do the methods on matlab, not by hand or 2) have a teacher that actually teaches the concepts in class.
Rather than tell you step-by-step how to solve a problem using the method described, they give you exactly one crappy, over complicated example that requires an in depth knowledge of physics before you can even set out to learn what they're trying to teach you. You then have to infer how to use the method given the example.
For instance, I am sitting here trying to use eigenvalues to solve for the amplitude of some springs and masses without having the foggiest idea how they got the equation for the springs in the example or how to modify it to fit the more complex homework system, let alone how to then transform it into eigenvalues given the exactly 1-page example on how to use them with no further explanation of why they were doing what they were doing it.
Everyone in my class routinely complains about the book, and the topics covered are so random and niche that it's hard to google them when you need further clarification. It's almost like it's trying to teach linear algebra without telling you that's what it's doing. With other useless stuff thrown in.
But hey, If you want to know how to find the square root of a number or the inverse of a system of linear equations by hand and don't have access to a graphing calculator or the internet, this book will teach you how with minimal tears and only a few thrown objects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Castle on January 21, 2014
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This is not a book to learn MATLAB. This is a book that teaches numerical methods (it does that very well). Great examples and great practice problems enabled me to grasp the material easily. The MATLAB exercises made it easier for a beginner programmer like me to write my own numerical analysis programs.
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Format: Hardcover
Bought the second edition of this book to help with some engineering work for a web based mathematics and engineering platform. Basically, I took a course using a similar book in college and forgot how to do all the algorithms. This book is very good at explaining the procedures and the mathematics behind the algorithms. It doesn't teach you how to program in matlab as matlab already has a lot of these algorithms built into it.

Bottom line: this is a very good book for anyone who needs to know the basics of finding roots, gauss elimination, LU factorization, integration and differentiation algorithms, curve fitting, differential equation solvers, and many other things.
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By Justin on March 22, 2014
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Got this book for an Intro to Numerical Methods class. Dunno if it was my instructor, or the book, but only ended up reading a couple chapters of it, virtually all the info in the book related to MatLab is contained in the matlab help file... and I ended up getting all the math proofs in my notes in class... So really didn't need the book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teto on February 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is OK if you want to get started learning Mathematical Methods using Matlab but I feel it falls short in several aspects. First of all mathematical derivations are completely missing, how can you learn numerical methods if you don't understand the principles behind it!? Since this is mainly for engineers I agree that a fully developed mathematical derivation might not be necessary in every topic. However, engineers should not be alien to math and just using a couple of function plots and some practice example to illustrate new material is just unacceptable. It can leave the reader confused regarding specific details and steps in the algorithms.

From a programmer's perspective, the code in the book is 'ugly': it uses poor formatting, is poorly commented and it can take significant time to wade through the m files provided. I feel the code adds little to the book even though this book is about numerical methods *with* Matlab!!! Go check somewhere else before choosing this book, but if you must, do yourself a favor and buy the international edition and save considerable $$.
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