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All You Wanted to Know about Mathematics but Were Afraid to Ask

All You Wanted to Know about Mathematics but Were Afraid to Ask
Mathematics Applied to Science

Volume 1

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  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521436007

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  • Physics and engineering students need a clear understanding of mathematics in order to solve a vast array of problems posed to them in coursework. Unfortunately, in many textbooks, mathematical proofs and techniques obscure a fundamental understanding of the physical principles. In a clear and didactic manner, this book explains to the student why particular advanced mathematical techniques are useful for solving certain problems. The aim is to convey a deeper appreciation of mathematical methods that are applicable to physics and engineering through a discussion of a wide range of real physical problems. The topics covered include simultaneous equations, three-dimensional geometry and vectors, complex numbers, differential equations, partial derivatives, Taylor series, and Lagrange multipliers.

    • Emphasis on why particular methods are successful, with applications to real situations
    • Tested in class and teaching situations
    • Makes students see maths are a valuable tool by cutting through the fog of theorems and dry analysis
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    "Professor Lyons has the ability to reach students and expand their minds mathematically." Journal of College Science Teaching

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521436007
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Simultaneous equations
    2. Three-dimensional geometry
    3. Vectors
    4. Complex numbers
    5. Differential equations
    6. Partial derivatives
    7. Taylor series
    8. Lagrange multipliers
    Appendix 1. Basic techniques
    Appendix 2. Useful formulae.

  • Author

    Louis Lyons, University of Oxford

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