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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 for Science Students

Volume 2


  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521436014

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  • This book, first published in 1998, is the second in a two volume work and introduces integral and differential calculus, waves, matrices, and eigenvectors for undergraduates in physics and engineering. Together, the two volumes cover all the mathematics needed for an introductory course in the physical sciences. The approach taken is to learn through understanding real examples, showing mathematics as a tool for understanding physical systems and their behaviour. The aim is to make the student feel at home with real problems by creating a toolkit through a wide range of examples. The traditional approach of teaching theory for its own sake is not used in this course. Dr. Lyons brings a wealth of teaching experience to this refreshing textbook on the fundamentals of mathematics for physics and engineering.

    • Emphasis on applications to real situations, explaining why particular methods are successful
    • Makes students see maths as a valuable tool by cutting through the fog of theorems and dry analysis
    • Based on years of experience in class and teaching situations
    • Volume 2 covers different topics to volume 1: basically a complete course split into 1st year and 2nd year. Best as a pair
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a compendium of explanations of applications of mathematics in physics, designed to be dipped into and to inspire thought … once the book is opened, be warned, you are likely to be hooked …'. Nigel Steele, The Times Higher Eduction Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521436014
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chapter titles for volume 1
    9. Integrals
    10. Vector operators
    11. Partial differential equations
    12. Fourier series
    13. Normal modes
    14. Waves
    15. Matrices
    16. Eigenvectors and eigenvalues

  • Author

    Louis Lyons, University of Oxford

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