This page intentionally left blank Maths A Student’s Survival Guide This friendly self-help workbook covers mathematics essential to first-year undergraduate scientists and engineers. In the second edition of this highly successful textbook the author has completely revised the existing text and added a totally new chapter on vectors. Mathematics underpins all science and engineering degrees, and this may cause problems for students whose understanding of the subject is weak. In this book Jenny Olive uses her extensive experience of teaching and helping students by giving a clear and confident presentation of the core mathematics needed by students starting science or engineering courses. Each topic is introduced very gently, beginning with simple examples that bring out the basics, and then moving on to tackle more challenging problems. The author takes the time to explain the tricks of the trade and also shortcuts, but is careful to explain common errors allowing students to anticipate and avoid them. The book contains more than 820 execises, with detailed solutions given in the back to allow students who get stuck to see exactly where they have gone wrong. Topics covered include trigonometry and hyperbolic functions, sequences and series (with detailed coverage of binomial series), differentiation and integration, complex numbers, and vectors. This self-study guide to introductory college mathematics will be invaluable to students who want to brush up on the subject before starting their course, or to help them develop their skills and understanding while at university. Jenny Olive Maths A Student’s Survival Guide Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, São Paulo Cambridge University Press The Edinburgh Building, Cambridge , United Kingdom First published in print format - ---- - ---- © Jenny Olive 2003 2003 Information on this title: www.cambridge.org/9780521017077 This book is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provision of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press. - --- - --- Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of s for external or third-party internet websites referred to in this book, and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate....
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