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Science for Engineering

5th Edition

By John Bird


512 pages

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A practical introduction to the engineering science required for engineering study and practice.

Science for Engineering is an introductory textbook that assumes no prior background in engineering. This new edition covers the fundamental scientific knowledge that all trainee engineers must acquire in order to pass their exams, and has been brought fully in line with the compulsory science and mathematics units in the new engineering course specifications.

John Bird focuses upon engineering examples, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of engineering systems in terms of the basic laws and principles. This book includes over 580 worked examples, 1300 further problems, 425 multiple choice questions (with answers), and contains sections covering the mathematics that students will require within their engineering studies, mechanical applications, electrical applications and engineering systems.

  • Colour layout helps navigation and highlights key learning points, formulae and exercises
  • Understanding can be tested with the 580 worked examples, 1300 further problems and 425 multiple choice questions contained within the book
  • Focuses on real-world situations and examples in order to maximise relevance to the student reader

This book is supported by a companion website of materials that can be found at www.routledge/cw/bird, this resource including fully worked solutions of all the further problems for students to access for the first time, and the full solutions and marking schemes for the revision tests found within the book for lecturers/instructors use. In addition, all 433 illustrations will be available for downloading by staff.



'This book is 'user friendly', easy to read, with plenty of examples, applications and useful questions. Bird's books never fail to please.' Kevin Corner, South Tyneside College

'Plenty of worked examples set in context.' Margaret Hibbs, University of Teesside

'Clearly explained processes and methods, good engineering examples and plenty of exercises.' John Clare, Stafford College

'This book gives good worked examples, which are well explained with a solid grounding on the basics.' Andrew Wylie, City of Glasgow College

'Well laid out with many worked examples and other examples. Mathematic subjects are broken down into easily readable sections.' Robert Golding, Cambridge Regional College

'The book's strengths include the clear and logical layout and the comprehensive content. Combining a maths and science text book together makes good sense.' Peter Carroll, Birmingham City University

'Very good layout, with easy to follow examples.' Tony Reece, Wigan and Leigh College

'An excellent text with many good examples and exercises that address the syllabus.' Glynn Baldwin, Shrewsbury College

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Basic Arithmetic 2. Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 3. Indices and Standard Form 4. Calculations and evaluation of formulae 5. Algebra 6. Simple Equations 7. Transposition of Formulae 8. Simultaneous Equations 9. Straight-line Graphs 10. Trigonometry 11. Area of Plane Figures 12. The Circle 13. Volumes of Common Solids 14. SI Units and Density 15. Atomic Structure of Matter 16. Speed and Velocity 17. Acceleration 18. Force, Mass and Acceleration 19. Forces Acting at a Point 20. Work, Energy and Power 21. Simply Supported Beams 22. Linear and Angular Motion 23. Friction 24. Simple Machines 25. The Effects of Forces on Materials 26. Linear Momentum and Impulse 27. Torque 28. Pressure in Fluids 29. Heat Energy and Transfer 30. Thermal Expansion 31. Ideal Gas Laws 32. The Measurement of Temperature 33. An Introduction to Electric Circuits 34. Resistance Variation 35. Chemical Effects of Electricity 36. Series and Parallel Networks 37. Kirchhoff’s laws 38. Electromagnetism 39. Electromagnetic Induction 40. Alternating Voltages and Currents 41. Capacitors and Inductors 42. Electrical measuring instruments and Measurements 43. Introduction to Engineering Systems. List of Main Formulae. Answers to Exercises. Glossary of Terms. Index

About the Author

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 & Guilds, and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He is the author of over 125 textbooks on engineering and mathematical subjects with worldwide sales of one million copies. He is currently a Senior Training Provider at the Defence School of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Technical Training at HMS Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Technical & Manufacturing Industries & Trades