This compendium of essential formulae, definitions, tables and general information provides the mathematical information required by engineering students, technicians, scientists and professionals in day-to-day engineering practice. A practical and versatile reference source, now in its fifth edition, the layout has been changed and streamlined to ensure the information is even more quickly and readily available – making it a handy companion on-site, in the office as well as for academic study. It also acts as a practical revision guide for those undertaking degree courses in engineering and science, and for BTEC Nationals, Higher Nationals and NVQs, where mathematics is an underpinning requirement of the course.
All the essentials of engineering mathematics – from algebra, geometry and trigonometry to logic circuits, differential equations and probability – are covered, with clear and succinct explanations and illustrated with over 300 line drawings and 500 worked examples based in real-world application. The emphasis throughout the book is on providing the practical tools needed to solve mathematical problems quickly and efficiently in engineering contexts. John Bird’s presentation of this core material puts all the answers at your fingertips.
Table of Contents
1. Engineering conversions, constants and symbols 2. Some algebra topics 3. Some number topics 4. Areas and volumes 5. Geometry and trigonometry 6. Graphs 7. Complex numbers 8. Vectors 9. Matrices and determinants 10. Boolean algebra and logic circuits 11. Differential calculus and its applications 12. Integral calculus and its applications 13. Differential equations 14. Laplace transforms 15. Z-transforms 16. Fourier series 17. Statistics and probability
John Bird 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 International Baccalaureate. He has over 45 years’ experience of successfully teaching, lecturing, instructing, training, educating and planning trainee engineers study programmes. He is the author of 140 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 is currently 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 technical training establishments in Europe.