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  • Paperback: 1097 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (20 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027373413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273734130
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book provides a complete course for first-year engineering mathematics. Whichever field of engineering you are studying, you will be most likely to require knowledge of the mathematics presented in this textbook. Taking a thorough approach, the authors put the concepts into an engineering context, so you can understand the relevance of mathematical techniques presented and gain a fuller appreciation of how to draw upon them throughout your studies.

Key features

  • Comprehensive coverage of first-year engineering mathematics
  • Fully worked examples and exercises provide relevance and reinforce the role of mathematics in the various branches of engineering
  • Excellent coverage of engineering applications

New to this edition

  • Fully integrated with MyMathLab, a powerful online homework, tutorial and self-study system
  • More than 100 new worked examples
  • Over 200 new exercises to help monitor progress with your learning and provide a more progressive level of difficulty
  • Online ‘refresher units' covering topics you should have encountered at school but may not have used for some time
  • MATLAB and MAPLE fully integrated, showing you how these powerful tools can be used to support your work in mathematics

Professor Glyn James is Emeritus Professor within the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Coventry University, having previously been Dean of the School of Mathematical and Information Science.

As in previous editions he has drawn upon the knowledge and experience of his co-authors to provide an excellent revision of the book.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Professor Glyn James is Emeritus Professor within the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Coventry University, having previously been Dean of the School of Mathematical and Information Science.

As in previous editions he has drawn upon the knowledge and experience of his co-authors to provide an excellent revision of the book.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Wong on 23 April 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is horrible and I really don't understand why the university in that I'm studying would recommend such a bad book. It's absolutely confusing and in a lot of times it would be even more confusing after reading it. Rather than try to explain the topic, somehow I feel like the author is trying too hard to impress his Maths in this book. There is not straight forward explanation in this book, I think what it's trying is to make it so complicated that could make one so easy of getting lost after reading it. I don't understand why there are so many facts in this book, it's more like a laboratory handbook with a lot of instructions. It doesn't have a lot of step by step examples to explain how one should solve a problem. At the end of the day, the most important is for us to be able to do the problems and perform well in the exams. Please do not buy this book, it's a waste of time to read it. Spending hours in it and get nothing out of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashton on 14 Jan 2013
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I used this book as part of my engineering degree, and I must say that there are plenty of better books out there for the same money that covers the same topics here in a much better format. The worked solutions can be addressed by buying the solutions manual, but I think that's a bit ridiculous. The explanations are atrociously brief, and I think it's rather poorly layed out. It attempts to squeeze the content into one book at the expense of depth and clarity. It might be alright if you're using this book as a mere "refresher" reference, but trying to learn alot of the content from scratch using this book is not an experience I would recommend. The only reason I did well in the courses was because I inherited some other books on the specific topics covered, which I found much clearer and better presented.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, looks elsewhere for something better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on 12 Sep 2013
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This text book was required for my first year engineering mathematics course in a Uni which has been classed within the top 20 Uni's in the world. I have no idea why they base the course on this text book. This book is poorly laid out and the worked examples have steps missing which do not help if you are trying to learn material on your own. Not a good book to learn from,tends to confuse if anything. I would highly recommend Higher Engineering Mathematics if you are looking for a book that is easy to follow and learn from, especially through self study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Axe on 7 Oct 2013
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Avoid like the plague. Explanations are terrible. Examples are terrible and miss out important steps. Many questions relate to nothing in engineering. Many of the questions are exceptionally difficult and do not build confidence whatsoever.

Absolutely awful. Those very positive reviews are fake and probably written by the publisher. I feel soiled having been forced to award this ''textbook'' one star.

The author does not have a clue. I shudder to think what his university students have to endure.

Garbage!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kester Broatch on 17 Nov 2014
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Do not go near this book. I was told to purchase this book from the university (for some unknown reason). The explanations are very brief, and his approach to problems seems to lack all logical sense. Vital information seems to be lacking, or set out in some mystical manor which only makes sense in Mr James' head. It turns out that a lot of vital information is hidden within the example questions, so the book cannot be used as a quick reference tool, i have had to compile my own set of notes after trawling through the all of the examples. On top of that the questions he gives you have no worked examples at all. I have ended up using my advanced higher maths text book from high school as a reference book, its far better even though it is an academic year behind!

I am one of the lucky ones that did a lot of the degree in my last year at high school so i have a grasp of most of the topics in the book. However, for the ones that did not have that luxury they are learning maths in a very peculiar and franking illogical fashion.

Don't even get me started on the online system. We have to do our homework and class tests (for credit) on the online system. The system seems to be terrible; just last week we had a test in which several students (including me) wrote the correct answer to a question but it was still marked wrong.This is frequent for the tests. Photographs were taken of the error, and sent to MyMathLab. Thus far nothing has been done about it, even though the marks are towards our final degree mark!!

This was the first year that the university used the book, and i hope for the sake of new undergrads it is the last.

I am seriously considering purchasing a new textbook, and perhaps burning this one in the garden.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug on 28 Feb 2014
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I never write reviews, but I just had to write about this book.
Required for our Engineering Degree, so I have no choice in purchasing it, this book is dreadful! The book explains everything in the most complicated and drawn out way, that the key concepts get lost in all the waffle, which is no help for a student that doesn't have time to decode a thousand pages of mathematical poetry. The examples (used to explain the topics) generally don't clearly define the steps taken in the calculation, and appear to miss steps entirely, leaving the student to try and figure out what's going on. The examples also aren't proper preparation for the following exercises, the questions of which tend to differ dramatically in difficulty . This was clearly written by somebody with a deep understanding for mathematics who is unable to relate those without a superb intuition for the subject.
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