8th Edition

Bird's Basic Engineering Mathematics

By John Bird Copyright 2021
    480 Pages 438 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    480 Pages 438 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its eighth edition, Bird’s Basic Engineering Mathematics has helped thousands of students to succeed in their exams. Mathematical theories are explained in a straightforward manner, supported by practical engineering examples and applications to ensure that readers can relate theory to practice. Some 1,000 engineering situations/problems have been ‘flagged-up’ to help demonstrate that engineering cannot be fully understood without a good knowledge of mathematics.

    The extensive and thorough coverage makes this a great text for introductory level engineering courses – such as for aeronautical, construction, electrical, electronic, mechanical, manufacturing engineering and vehicle technology – including for BTEC First, National and Diploma syllabuses, City & Guilds Technician Certificate and Diploma syllabuses, and even for GCSE revision.

    Its companion website provides extra materials for students and lecturers, including full solutions for all 1,700 further questions, lists of essential formulae, multiple choice tests, and illustrations, as well as full solutions to revision tests for course instructors.

    1. Basic arithmetic

    2. Fractions

    3. Decimals

    4. Using a calculator

    5. Percentages

    6. Ratio and proportion

    7. Powers, roots and laws of indices

    8. Units, prefixes and engineering notation

    9. Basic algebra

    10. Further algebra

    11. Solving simple equations

    12. Transposing formulae

    13. Solving simultaneous equations

    14. Solving quadratic equations

    15. Logarithms

    16. Exponential functions

    17. Straight line graphs

    18. Graphs reducing non-linear laws to linear form

    19. Graphical solution of equations

    20. Graphs with logarithmic scales

    21. Angles and triangles

    22. Introduction to trigonometry

    23. Trigonometric waveforms

    24. Non-right angled triangles and some practical applications

    25. Cartesian and polar co-ordinates

    26. Areas of common shapes

    27. The circle and its properties

    28. Volumes and surface areas of common solids

    29. Irregular areas and volumes and mean values

    30. Vectors

    31. Methods of adding alternating waveforms

    32. Presentation of statistical data

    33. Mean, median, mode and standard deviation

    34. Probability

    35. Introduction to differentiation

    36. Standard integration

    37. Number sequences

    38. Binary, octal and hexadecimal

    List of formulae

    Answers to Practice Exercises


    John Bird, BSc (Hons), CEng, CMath, CSci, FIMA, FIET, FCollT, is the former Head of Applied Electronics in the Faculty of Technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, UK. More recently, he has combined freelance lecturing at the University of Portsmouth, with Examiner responsibilities for Advanced Mathematics with City and Guilds and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He has over 45 years’ experience of successfully teaching, lecturing, instructing, training, educating and planning trainee engineers study programmes. He is the author of 146 textbooks on engineering, science and mathematical subjects, with worldwide sales of over one million copies. He is a chartered engineer, a chartered mathematician, a chartered scientist and a Fellow of three professional institutions. He has recently retired from lecturing at the Defence College of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Technical Training at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, UK, one of the largest engineering training establishments in Europe.