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Numerical Methods for Engineers, Sixth Edition Hardcover – April 20, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0073401065 ISBN-10: 0073401064 Edition: 6th

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Steven C. Chapra (Medford, MA) is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University.
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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 6 edition (April 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073401064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073401065
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By afastcookie on December 27, 2010
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My professor was absolutely terrible--he did not speak English. The book gets the idea across very well if you spend some time with it. However, the mathematical derivations are poor. The "pseudocode" is actually the best thing about the entire book as it was extremely helpful when I had to program the algorithms myself. But you can get by with just doing searches on the web--MATLAB codes for all the algorithms are easily obtainable via google.

Mental note: Out of all the engineering textbooks I have set my eyes on in the last 3 years, this has the MOST annoying cover.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Room With A Moose on February 2, 2012
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My professor required the use of this textbook while taking his course but I have had many issues with it. There are many extensive topics touched on in the text but sample problems are few and far between leaving much to be desired when trying to learn each topic based off of poorly written explanations. The problems at the end of each chapter are not very clear on what is being asked of you and the absence of answers to these problems at the back of the book, like most textbooks, makes knowing if your getting the correct answer or not impossible without searching online for a solutions manual. I would not recommend this book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By hobobot on January 31, 2011
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Only buy this book if your teacher will not scan a copy of the HW problems for you.
Even then, try and make your rich friend buy it.
There is nothing in here to justify a price tag over $100. The content itself is vague. The example problems are poorly written and lack explanation. The HW problems are nothing more than simple math exercises that you have already done several years ago.
The programming problems will make you pull out your hair. The author thinks "pseudo code" is good enough to get you through the homework. It won't. Not unless you're actually a programming major.
If you're a civil/mechanical/aeronautical/chemical engineer you will shoot yourself over this book.

My friend and I got a good laugh out of one particular example problem. The author apparently wanted to make the example as hard as possible to follow. So he had decimals mixed up with fractions...multiplied things by 3/.3 instead of just saying 10. Left out sig figs. Failed to state was formulas he was using.....the works.

This book is really bad. I seriously think the author is schizophrenic. Or he is getting senile.

If you need to study the material, just search google books for free alternatives. Even wikipedia will teach you more than this book will.
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I don't really understand the negative reviews on this text book. It is fairly well written and easy to follow. The examples clearly outline the subject material the author is explaining. The "pseudocode" is actually quite helpful. The mathematical derivations are well written, although they could use a little work. However, it still gets the point across easily. Some of the homework problems can be frustrating to code, but then again, this is the nature of the material. Overall, a good textbook with simple, easy to follow explanations.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By notrub on October 22, 2010
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It was required for my class, and of course the cheapest place to get it is Amazon. The book itself is pretty well written, and explains things in a clear way with good use of examples. Its what a text book should be.
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By Ryan52 on March 23, 2015
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This book was required for my college course I'm not impressed by it but I can get the homework done also be careful who you but it from mine took two weeks to arrive and when it did it was an Indian edition although I have yet to find a difference from the normal edition besides being black and white.
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This text got me interested in Numerical Methods. After taking a required undergraduate course using this text, I was so impressed that I ventured into a graduate level course on the subject.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chelseaahi on September 4, 2013
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It said the expected shipping date would be somewhere between September 9-29 but I received it an entire week early (Sept 3)!!!!
I was super excited about this. However, only one of the pages in the book had a printing defect or something. The corner was folded and when I unfolded it the entire corner was extruding the book. I found this really awkward but I can easily just cut it off. I did pay for what I get. I saved $41.74 by getting this edition which was paperback instead of hardcover. It was also shipped all the way from India but still got here faster than what I expected which is great because school started a week ago so the faster the better.
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