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Schaum's Outline of Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables, 3ed (Schaum's Outline Series) [Paperback]

by Murray Spiegel, Seymour Lipschutz, John Liu
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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August 25, 2008 0071548556 978-0071548557 3

Schaum's has Satisfied Students for 50 Years.

Now Schaum's Biggest Sellers are in New Editions!

For half a century, more than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them study faster, learn better, and get top grades. Now Schaum's celebrates its 50th birthday with a brand-new look, a new format with hundreds of practice problems, and completely updated information to conform to the latest developments in every field of study.

Schaum's Outlines-Problem Solved

More than 1 Million sold!

This third edition covers elementary concepts in algebra, geometry, etc. and more advanced concepts in differential equations and vector analysis. It also expands its section on Probability and Statistics and includes a new section on Financial Mathematics to keep up with the current developments in finance studies as well as in the studies of math and the sciences.

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About the Author

Murray Speigel, Ph.D., was Former Professor and Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford Graduate Center.

Seymour Lipschutz, Ph.D. (Philadelphia, PA), is presently on the Mathematics faculty at Temple University. He has written more than 15 Schaum's Outlines.

John Liu is Professor of Mathematics at Temple University.

Product Details

  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071548556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071548557
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version almost impossible to use June 12, 2010
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The content of this book seems to be good, but my problem is that the kindle version has no table of contents, no index and no search function. It is therefore impossible to quickly find the section that you want or the topic you want - you have to page through the entire book until something useful appears. This is a fatal flaw for a reference book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Somewhat limited Kindel version June 23, 2011
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I am a physicist and work in a wide range of fields from nuclear to plasma to particle accelerators. I have used the Schaum's Mathematical Handbook for years (decades actually). It provides an excellent reference of handy formulas all in one spot. Sure I have bigger and nicer tables of integrals, but they are limited to tables of integrals and generally most everything I need to look up is in this guide. With modern computers and calculators the tables are probably anarchistic (I personally have never used them, ever!).

I got the Kindle version so I could have access to the book when traveling. In general the Kindle version is acceptable, but there are a number of problems with it. First, at least on the PC Kindle application the formulas are formatted oddly. In particular they are aligned to the bottom of the line not the center. This is just not the way formulas are displayed and makes them much harder to read. Spacing is often missing in aligned formulas. For example coordinate transforms. Typically space is added to align the equal signs for the different coordinates. In general these are missing, and often formulas are squashed against the braces. All of this makes them harder to read. Having the formulas formatted oddly will also contribute to errors, as the formulas mostly just do not look right, and the base line alignment can make formals with complex subscript/superscripts difficult to interpret.

Some of the formulas are encoded as text and some (generally the more complex ones) are encoded as graphics. This works OK as long as you don't change the font size. If you do the alignment falls apart, and different parts of a single formal may end up with different size fonts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a pretty helpful Schaum's outline, in that most of the mathematical tables and formulas that an undergraduate math student would need are included. Material from geometry, calculus, differential equations, numerical methods, special functions and transforms, and probability and statistics are included. Plus, there are some examples of how to perform some types of calculations. There is even a section on calculating compound interest and the value of an annuity for those students of financial mathematics. Also, it is much easier than lugging around the infamous 2600 page "CRC Handbook of Mathematics and Physics." Of course, there are tradeoffs. This book has mathematical tables and formulas only, there are no physics equations.

Generally, if you are an undergraduate student in math or science, your required textbook will have all of the equations and tables that your instructor would expect you to have committed to memory for exams. Thus I am not sure if it is worth the extra cost to buy this book too. I think this book would be most helpful for someone who is out of school who needs their undergraduate mathematics tables and formulas condensed and in one portable book that can be taken to work and stored at the office, rather than carrying around the dozen or so math texts you used during your undergraduate career. It would also be helpful for someone going to graduate school in math, physics, or engineering who is expected to already know this material and therefore needs a handy reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars mistakes February 29, 2012
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First of all, the last 36 pages, 18 sheets, plus 6 blank sheets, were bound in the book backwards. After page 254 come 6 blank sheets, then the last page of the index, then the rest of the book from page 289 down to page 255, backwards.

As far as the content goes, I noticed on page 207, chapter 38 "infinite products", that the product formula for sin x is in error: it has the first factor as (1-(x^2/x^2)) instead of (1-(x^2/pi^2)). (Noticed because this makes the entire product zero). This is not the case in my friend's earlier edition which has the correct formula. So they introduced errors in the upgrade to the third edition.

Also, on page 141 in the section on reversion of power series, they use capital C_i for both series' coefficients instead of, correctly, c_i for one series and C_i for its inverse. Again, this error is not in my friend's earlier edition.

What happened? I hate to think people will be using this to help design airplanes. Wouldn't it be great if Amazon or McGraw Hill (or whoever owns the Schaum's brand now) were to fix this. Or at least respond.

Also, why spend pages and ink on log tables, or tables of sines, e^x, etc. This is 2012, I would think every potential user of this has access to a pocket calculator.

Thanks for reading this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best math reference book for engineers & students October 23, 2009
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Are you an enginner that has not used any uper level math for a long time? Are you a student that wants book packed wrh all the math you will need? This is the book for you! The math in this book goes from trig to diff Eq to bessel tables and then some.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every student (and faculty too!)
This book holds all the helpful formulas and tables for multiple courses (mathematics, physics, chemistry....) that uses mathematics. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S.A.A.LM
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for physics classes
Lots of obscure and strange formulas that actually came in quite handy for Classical Mechanics, and will surely come in handy later.
Published 14 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Another desk top reference
In the industrial pipe estimating processes many geometric shapes are encountered when calculating the inches-of-weld involved. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tony L
4.0 out of 5 stars Will buy more of this series
I found this handbook to be very helpful! I did run into some examples that the book did not provide very much information on, but it was a concept that is rarely used that my... Read more
Published 17 months ago by ChrisW
5.0 out of 5 stars has all I need
This is must have for an engineer. Has all math formulas I need. Specially all the definite and indefinite integrals. The list is comprehensive.
Published 18 months ago by dv
4.0 out of 5 stars Schaums Outline
I used this book along time ago and found it very useful. Considering this is a newer edition they should have updated some of the illustrations. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Table tables tables
Math tables are great resources when working on many problems, this is more compact than the CRC and has the information you need quickly brought to your fingertips.
Published on March 17, 2012 by Jeffery M. Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars i still looking for my book,i'm tired to wait
i am waiting and waiting but my order disappear ,where is my book,i already order but your shipment ?i don't know why ,my book gone
Published on January 31, 2012 by hendra
5.0 out of 5 stars A dictionary
This book is indispensable for any student of quantitative subjects like Math or Econ or Physics. Very comprehensive. Serves as a dictionary for looking up formulas. Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Satya Shodhak
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
A lot of content into this little book ! Help me a lot with integral and fourier series. Recommend for every students!
Published on October 17, 2011 by Julien-Pierre P. Fortin
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