- Series: Irwin Industrial Engineering
- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 7 edition (February 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0073376302
- ISBN-13: 978-0073376301
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At best, it meanders back and forth between actual formulas and their complementary Excel formulas, which leaves the reader wondering why they should learn the real thing when Excel can do it for them anyway; but its Excel teachings follow the incomplete style of the book, so there's little chance of improving your Excel skills either. To be fair, on page 671 it lets you in on a brilliant secret: that you can obtain help from Excel by "left-clicking" on the help bar...but even fails to mention the F1 key...par for the course!
At worst, the questions at the end of each chapter (which affect ones GPA and entire future) vary just enough with the examples in the chapter, that it is impossible for the student to solve them without using outside means, like contacting the professor 24/7 which I may have to.
If you think I'm being unfair or have any bias, I'll put it to you this way: Suppose you had never driven a car before, and I wrote a book on how to open the door, turn the key, put it in drive, etc. and then gave you an exam on how to rebuild the engine.
I'm so disgusted with this book, I'd rather be spending this semester in North Korea, where I'd definitely learn more.
I was going to hold off giving it a bad review until I got through the class, but at this rate I'm not even totally sure I will. I've just re-read the difference between nominal and effective interest for (no hyperbole) the 10th time, and I'm no closer to understanding it. Bad examples, useless derivations, poor explaining. I only wish I could give it a zero.
In contrast to other reviewers I found the exercises, examples, and spreadsheet examples very enlightening and informative.