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My chosen field of study is unrelated to the class I used this book for, but I love it so much I'm going to keep it. If I ever have any questions along these lines in the future, I'll go to it.
The topics are, by and large, unchanged from those in texts written in the 1970s or even earlier. Like the solving of systems of linear equations. A crucial topic which you should master, because these arise throughout engineering and the physical sciences. So the text goes into the ideas of LU factorisation and Gaussian row reduction with pivoting. Other topics covered included numerical integration and differentiation, and least squares curve fitting.
The rigour of the proofs is also well chosen. Enough to satisfy most students. But without being too abstruse to put most off.
A strong point of the text is the numerous problems interspersed throughout each chapter. These are usefully divided into two types. The first might be considered traditional problems. Where you solve these by hand, with perhaps only a calculator to plug in a few numbers. The second group consists of using Matlab in a more extended foray into numerical analysis. Here, a mere calculator will not suffice. Doing these problems will improve your facility with Matlab and also hopefully garner a general experience in knowing when to use a maths package.
It should also be said that if you already use another package, like Mathematica, then this book can still be germane. Roughly speaking, Mathematica, Matlab and Maple have equivalent functionality. Certainly, this is true at the introductory level of the text.
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Decent textbook, but the class only used it as a reference.Published 8 months ago by Theodore A. Evans
Bought this book for my math class Numerical Methods. Overall it's a good reference book. However, you might need to do some research on certain topics.Published on July 2, 2010 by W. V
this is a great text book. it has matlab codes in the back of the book and all of those codes are also on the cd so you don't have to retype them. It also uses a lot of examplesPublished on March 8, 2009 by Julie