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Applied Numerical Methods W/MATLAB: for Engineers & Scientists 3rd Edition

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Steven C. Chapra (Medford, MA) is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University.
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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I am reviewing this book I used for a class in numerical analysis now that Amazon has made it available on the Kindle Fire.

This is a decent little book for someone new to the concepts of numerical analysis. For self-study, the lack of rigor will frustrate even the most formula-driven engineering types - it will be very difficult to track down exactly what a certain formula means, especially if you need to extend it. Also, if your instructor does not follow the book's order precisely, the lack of cross-references will also be annoying. Some of the notation is also a little non-standard.

Nevertheless, this is an okay book to use as a reference for different numerical techniques and the practice problems are consistently interesting and well worth your time.

Prior Review (now fixed):
The fact that this is not eligible for sending to the Kindle Fire should be made clearly evident. It is an e-book, it is certainly not a Kindle edition if you cannot read it on the Kindle. Very annoyed.
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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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It is almost the perfect book.
It covers most of the standard topics in numerical methods.
The explanation is simple and clear.

However, one omission is topics on partial differential equations.
If the book includes the topic, than this would be the best book on numerical methods.
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