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A Mathematics Companion for Science and Engineering Students

Jerome R. Breitenbach

Publication Date - December 2007

ISBN: 9780195327755

496 pages
5-5/16 x 8 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $37.95

Never let rusty mathematics skills hinder success in your engineering or science courses!


Never let rusty mathematics skills hinder success in your engineering or science courses!

Here are just some of the questions answered in this book:

How can:
BLa logarithm be converted from one base to another? (Chapter 7)
BLsimultaneous linear equations be solved by hand painlessly? (Chapter 9)
BLsome infinities be bigger than others? (Epilogue)

Designed for undergraduate students, A Mathematics Companion for Science and Engineering Students provides a valuable reference for a wide variety of topics in precalculus mathematics. The presentation is brief and to-the-point, but also precise, accurate, and complete.

Learn how to read mathematical discourse, write mathematics appropriately, and think in a way that is conducive to solving mathematical problems. Topics covered include: logic, sets, numbers, sequences, functions, powers and roots, exponentials and logarithms, possibility and probability, matrices, Euclidean geometry, analytic geometry, and the application of mathematics to experimental data. The epilogue introduces advanced topics from calculus and beyond. A large appendix offers 360 problems with fully detailed solutions so students can assess their basic mathematical knowledge and practice their skills.

About the Author(s)

Jerome R. Breitenbach is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His research interests include telecommunications, signal processing, and the foundations of mathematics. He has been honored with several awards including, from his students at Cal Poly, "The Instructor from Whom I Learned the Most". His essay "How to be a Student" is available on the Internet and has received numerous appreciative responses from all over the world.

Table of Contents

    Prologue: Reading, Writing, and Thinking Mathematics
    1. Logic
    2. Sets
    3. Numbers
    4. Sequences
    5. Functions
    6. Powers and Roots
    7. Exponentials and Logarithms
    8. Possibility and Probability
    9. Matrices
    10. Euclidean Geometry
    11. Analytic Geometry
    12. Mathematics in Practice
    Epilogue: A Glimpse of Things to Come
    Appendix: Problems with Solutions
    List of Notation