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Engineering Mathematics 7th Edition
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However, there is now a caveat. In my opinion, the publishers made an unfortunate decision to publish this in one volume. It needs to be published in two parts. While publishing in one volume may reduce costs, it is definitely not user-friendly. Its now weighs almost 6-1/2 pounds. This makes it very, very difficult, perhaps impossible, to carry and use easily. Its weight requires a table, or large book support, be used to work comfortably. The previous edition was almost two pounds lighter, and had a smaller size, making that edition comfortable to handle. I had no problem carrying it with me to refer to as time allowed. The weight and size of this edition make that, for me, impossible.
This is an excellent text for self-study or as a supplement to a classroom text. It is fairly wide ranging, covering a large portion of the mathematics needed during the first few years of an engineering, or physical science program. However, it is not quite comprehensive, lacking some areas that have gained significant importance in recent times, e.g, discrete transforms. Although some Fourier Series and transforms are covered in the companion volume "Advanced Engineering Mathematics".
The pretests and revision (more commonly called review in the US) sections are quite helpful. The book de-emphasizes formal definitions, as concepts and intuitive descriptions are provided in conjunction with examples. However, in some instances this can lead to problems, where the appropriate problem-solving approach is well-presented but the lack of a formal definition can lead to some "fuzziness".Read more ›
I returned to college two years ago to finish a degree. I finished high school more than 20 years ago and bought the book as a review/refresher product, and secondarily as a guide for more advanced mathematics that I have not yet learned. I'm not fond of math, but it is a fundamental part of my new career field.
- Absolutely spectacular breadth of coverage
- Some different approaches from what I was taught in school. Some of these approaches have provided additional insight.
- Very clear, step-by-step explanations walk you through each problem
- Plenty of practice problems with solutions
However, I keep finding errors. They're not on every page, but they're there, and that's a very bad thing for readers trying to review and learn additional mathematics. I could find no errata on the publisher's companion website. I've been running into errors a lot lately, reading computer science and mathematics texts, and it's very frustrating. I was a different kind of engineer in the Army, and we made it a high priority to get things right, the first time. I wish the publishing world would pick up on the practice.
It's been the 'staple' diet for such courses for decades for a reason: it has few if any peers!
The book is organized into programmes or mini chapters. Each programme covers a specific topic. The author provides a brief explanation of the concept involved and then worked examples. You then have the opportunity to work a problem, and then a detailed solution is provided right away.
The writing is clear and concise. Each programme is a condensed yet powerful presentation of the basic concepts. The book covers a broad range of topics, but there are some advanced topics that are not included.
In summary, I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Systematic and effective presentation. Like having a patient coach.Published 12 months ago by docamp
I agree with other reviewers that this is a good book. Good presentation and explanations. However the companion website is not as promised. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Frog
Great book. Mostly examples instead of lame theory and lengthy proofs. Easy to learn from. Downside is there are no solutions manuals to this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Helen
I find this to a great resource for mathematics education of engineers.Published on July 23, 2014 by Joseph P. Sener