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Good 'crash course for dummies' book/website for 1st year engineering maths?

Covering things like:
Algebra including partial fractions and the binomial theorem; analytic geometry; functions and graphs; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometry; differentiation, including implicit differentiation and related rates; stationary points, curve sketching; simple integration; matrix algebra
It’s been a loooong time since I did any ‘higher level’ maths and in all honesty I don’t have much of a clue about any of the above. Granted, that’s what the course is going to teach me I guess, but I’m thinking there are ‘building blocks’ I should learn/understand beforehand at least?
Posted 4 years agoThat’s the book i was going to recommend! Dexter Booth was one of my lecturers at uni during first year.
Posted 4 years agoCan also recommend Stroud.
That and one or two chemistry texts is the only book I can remember from Uni. I still have it. It probably got people through maths modules who’d never have managed it otherwise.
Posted 4 years agoStroud – engineering mathematics is the bible. Its the only book from my degree that I have fond memories off. Its written in a style that’s like having a teacher sat next to you. It single handedly got me through my maths modules
Posted 4 years agoRightyo then, sounds like I need to order me a copy of that then, though, doesn’t appear to be available in Australia, will have to order from Amazon US (or UK)…
Any other recommendations? Cheers for the help chaps, appreciated 😀
Posted 4 years agoStroud… That gives me flash backs!
Amount of degree level engineering maths that has been of any use in my 21 year engineering career = 0%. 😐
Posted 4 years ago+1 on the Stroud.
Also mathworld.wolfram.com – it’s a bit like Wikipedia for maths, but not full of slightly shonky information.
Posted 4 years agoI would agree that Stroud is a must buy, but a lot of the subjects in your list are covered here;
http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/SiteImages/e2/e2ffa77be55640229c403dfed364c8ea.pdf
I would imagine that they would expect a pretty good understanding of most of the subjects from your list before you start TBH
Posted 4 years agoAmount of degree level engineering maths that has been of any use in my 21 year engineering career = 0%.
Doesn’t suprise me in the least… I’ve always thought uni and the like is just about proving your smart enough to do a particular job/career, not so much about actually learning the job skills themselves 😆
Posted 4 years ago+1 K A Stroud is the book, saved me. I went from thinking I was going to fail to top of the class over the Easter break !!
Just work through the examples and you will be good to go.
Posted 4 years agoJust found a copy of the 7th edition is in stock at my Uni bookshop, result! 🙂
Posted 4 years agoDefinitely Stroud, a superb book. Have you looked at 2nd hand copies on Amazon? Good discounts to be had.
Posted 4 years agoThe fact that people are still recommending Stroud now tells you all you need to know – it’s been the first portofcall for maths for engineering degrees for years
Edit: in my own case that would now be decades 😮
Posted 4 years agocheck out scribd.com, there’s a copy (5th edition)available for download in PDF.
Posted 4 years agoanother vote for stroud, both the red and the green ones…
Posted 4 years ago
oooh you’re gonna love laplace transformsoooh you’re gonna love laplace transforms
Last time I did one of those was in my finals…14 years ago.
Posted 4 years agoI’ve got two or three Strouds at home, it’s the eng. maths bible. Want to buy them cheap?
Posted 4 years ago+1 for Stroud
Spectacular crash and burn fails in my end of Semester exams.
Bought the book, got 1st’s in the resists!
I got a 2nd hand copy of the last eddition when it was still about A5 size, before it went large print ~A4. Mant it was actualy practical to carry to the library. Missing a few chapers but they weren’t covered at uni anyway. There’s a series of them covering 2nd and 3rd year maths as well.
Posted 4 years agoAgain +1 to Stroud.
Glad to see it’s still the standard 14 years after my first year at uni.
Can we add this to Microsoft Security Essentials online the STW approved suppliers list?
Posted 4 years agoAs a first year engineer who sat his maths exam two days ago (and should be revising right now) I’d recomend Stroud. I hadn’t done further maths and this book saved me! Kreyszig is good too, but mostly at a much higher level than what I need.
Posted 4 years agoStroud, god that brings back memories.
b+/sqrt4ac/b^2 (or whatever it was).
Laplace transforms & Fourier series…WTF was that all about ? 😕
Our Eqyptian Mechanics Proffessor used to rave about the Benhem & Crawford book, but it was bloody awful.
Posted 4 years ago+whatever for Stroud – it’s the only book I’ve kept from my time at Uni with the thought that if ever either of the mini Speeders need some maths tuition I can get up to speed pretty quickly.
I have such fond memories of working through that book and feeling like I was actually learning something. I’d almost say it was the best bit of the whole 4 year course.
If only ALevel Maths/Physics had been taught like that I’d have gone to Oxbridge or some other high end Uni instead of the dump of an exPoly I ended up attending.
Gaz
Posted 4 years agoI failed A’Level Mathematics but scraped into my Engineering Degree anyway. Stroud’s books are the reason why I got good grades for Mathematics at University.
Posted 4 years agoWhile waiting for it to arrive try googling Khan academy
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