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Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook (Cookbooks (O'Reilly)) [Kindle Edition]

David M. Bourg
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Book Description

Given the improved analytical capabilities of Excel, scientists and engineers everywhere are using it--instead of FORTRAN--to solve problems. And why not? Excel is installed on millions of computers, features a rich set of built-in analyses tools, and includes an integrated Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming language. No wonder it's today's computing tool of choice.

Chances are you already use Excel to perform some fairly routine calculations. Now the Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook shows you how to leverage Excel to perform more complex calculations, too, calculations that once fell in the domain of specialized tools. It does so by putting a smorgasbord of data analysis techniques right at your fingertips. The book shows how to perform these useful tasks and others:

  • Use Excel and VBA in general
  • Import data from a variety of sources
  • Analyze data
  • Perform calculations
  • Visualize the results for interpretation and presentation
  • Use Excel to solve specific science and engineering problems

Wherever possible, the Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook draws on real-world examples from a range of scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and physics. This way, you'll be better prepared to solve the problems you face in your everyday scientific or engineering tasks.

High on practicality and low on theory, this quick, look-up reference provides instant solutions, or "recipes," to problems both basic and advanced. And like other books in O'Reilly's popular Cookbook format, each recipe also includes a discussion on how and why it works. As a result, you can take comfort in knowing that complete, practical answers are a mere page-flip away.

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Book Description

Adding Excel to Your Analysis Arsenal

About the Author

As a naval architect and marine engineer, David M. Bourg performs computer simulations and develops analysis tools that measure such things as hovercraft performance and the effect of waves on the motion of ships and boats. He teaches at the college level in the areas of ship design, construction and analysis. On occasion, David also lectures at high schools on topics such as naval architecture and software development. In addition to David's practical engineering background, he's professionally involved in computer game development and consulting through his company, Crescent Vision Interactive.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10229 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3L2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great showcase of Excel's mathematical capabilities February 6, 2006
It is often either inconvenient or financially unfeasible to solve every mathematical problem with a standalone procedural language or an expensive application such as Matlab or Mathematica. Since Excel has such advanced computational capabilities built into it and is ubiquitous in offices and homes, it would make sense to mine this application for numerical problem solving techniques. Bourg does a masterful job of presenting the tools available in Excel and showing the reader how to put them to work to solve real world engineering and mathematical problems. First, he spends a couple of chapters briefly going over Excel and its language VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). Next he goes over some intermediate level tasks such as collecting and cleaning up data, charting including 3D charts, and statistical analysis tasks such as correlating data and generating random numbers. Next Bourg moves into purely mathematical tasks such as working with discrete Fourier transforms, manipulating matrices and vectors, as well as working with basic mathematical functions. Once you have learned to use these mathematical tools in Excel, Bourg uses them to show you how to perform curve fitting and regression, solve equations, perform integration and differentiation, and solve both ordinary and partial differential equations. He even spends time on performing multivariable calculus and the finite element method in Excel. Chapter 13, on optimization, was my favorite chapter. Here, Bourg is actually getting into a little algorithm analysis and design via linear programming and genetic algorithms. This chapter showed me some truly innovative uses of Excel. The final chapter deviates from the scientific flavor of the book and concentrates on more traditional financial applications. Read more ›
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Numbers ExpLOsiOn!!! May 9, 2006
Wow what a great Cookbook!!!

No, I mean no sarcasm here at all. With all the books in O'Reilly's "Cookbooks" line, I find that it's really hit or miss. Sometimes the books are good, sometimes great, sometimes it's a big whiff.

Not here folks.

I can say without question that the 'Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook' by David Bourg is the BEST line in the Cookbook series I have read thus far. Neatly compact at just over 400 pages and full of actual, useful tips and tricks throughout, this is must read for anyone that uses the mathematical side of Excel and wants to learn how to take their car into the next gear!!

Covering graphs, charts, mathematical calculations, formula creation... you name it, it's here and then some!!

After reading this book you will be amazed at all the things you can do in Excel and I have little doubt that you will learn something new and ENJOY doing it while you take a bite out of this great manual!!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engineer excel book dream March 22, 2006
I am very surprised that there are only 2 reviews here. This is a must have book for all engineering students. The book totally leverage all of excel powers commingled with vba. While other vba books talk about loops and looping, this book did that in just one chapter. The other chapters talk about all what engineering students want: solving and writing codes for non-linear equation (a must for solving for z factor in thermo), numerical differentiation, numerical integration, differential equations, partial differential equations, statistical analysis and valuable things about excel. Combined this book with any standard vba text, and you are set. Kudos to David Bourg.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Bourg's book is an excellent collection of analytical recipes suitable for undergraduates, graduate and postdocs in all scientific disciplines. Engineers will find good treatment of important topics such as optimization and numerical integration. Statistical analysis is also covered, although no theoretical background is provided, and in this format, none should be expected, as the author indicates. An excellent and useful book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good examples, excellent source of ideas March 8, 2006
This book is good not just for the examples that are in here, but also for the ideas and techniques it gives you to solve your own unique problems. Each recipe describes the problem, presents a solution in screenshots and code, and then does a good job describing that solution. And through that the book teaches not only a specific solution, but also a generic approach that will help you solve other related problems.

An excellent resource. Highly recommended.
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By oteast
Recognizing the limitations of Excel...this is very useful if your unable to gain access to better tools (matlab/octave, python, ANSI C, fortran, etc.) for engineering computing due to policy, budget or other constraints. You will, generally speaking get Excel, and this book is an excellent eye-opener to so of the things you can get done in it. It's not a comprehensive power users manual nor a complete how-to-code textbook in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Rather it is a good book to flip through for great non-trivial and representative examples to showcase what you CAN do should you be shackled to Excel only. The author treats some of the examples in multiple approaches and gives many avenues to working some of the problems; some by conventional spreadsheet work, some by using the solver and other add-in tools, and some by writing some VBA code. Some example "recipes" covered are: equation solving (linear and non-), numerical integration, ODE's, PDE's and optimization. There is also useful coverage of advanced graphing and plotting in excel, data importation, basic statistics overview, basic VBA essentials, and so forth. Again the book does not give a comprehensive overview but showcases what Excel can do with a selection of intelligently chose case studies.

Some particularly useful techniques are automating goal-seek and/or solver with VBA codes, solving systems of linear equations, numerical integration using Euler and 4th order runga kutta both with and without VBA codes, and use of linear programming and genetic algorithms within Excel to optimize.

Note: the website also has the example spreadsheets (with attendant VBA codes; "" on righthand margin under the link "Download Example Code" ) for download as a companion to the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough - good resource
There are a ton of valuable methods included in this book and the steps for implementing are very clear. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mich_blizzard
5.0 out of 5 stars Excel Technical Cookbook
The book amended other books on the subject and should be considered. The cookbook is a good stepping stone for developing tie programs that are required for specific needs.
Published 20 months ago by Glen Beyer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever
This book is the perfect companion if you want to use MS Excel for automated test reporting, calculations and all other stuff you usually do with more suitable tools. ;)
Published 22 months ago by Torq
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The Book Excel Científica e Engenharia Cookbook looks very good, only now should be to Office 2007 or 2010, because that is targeted for 2003. Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by Victor Brandao
1.0 out of 5 stars Excel is crap and this book should have told us why
Unfortunately, a book titled "Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook" should start off on page one with a warning not to rely on Excel statistical functions. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by BrusselsSprout
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost everything you need to know about Excel Development
I learned alot from this book. I learned how to use Excel to properly model complex mathametical calculations, and I rounded out some mathematics knowledge (eg PDE implementations,... Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Joshua Reuben
5.0 out of 5 stars quick and easy tool : Excel - Take every usefulness from it.
Regarding everyday simple math tools I was considered two things.

1. Sharable and somewhat powerful tool for numerical calculation.
2. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by Kap tae Kim
1.1 This Book


The entire book is written in this silly format.


If this sort of thing bothers you, buy something... Read more
Published on May 9, 2007 by C. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Excel Cookbook Half Baked
It appears to be a good book but the writers style lacks substance. I could have written this book! Read more
Published on May 8, 2007 by Hockeyman
1.0 out of 5 stars an alternative point of view
Be wary of using other programmer's work unless it has passed the

sort of critical tests as available on the NIST site. Read more
Published on January 2, 2007 by Student
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