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8th Edition

Bird's Basic Engineering Mathematics

ISBN 9781003124214
Published February 28, 2021 by Routledge
480 Pages 438 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.