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Definitely not my favourite book!
on 6 September 2010
I have just completed my first year Electrical and Electronic Engineering which contains a year's module of maths. We were told that we had to get this book for our course because the lecturers give us questions to do from the book. Later, I found that one of the co-writers of the book was professor of my university!
Personally, I think the book is terrible. The main reason I say this is because it will go through a example and it will miss out what I would call key step which it assumes you already know. This made my life very hard when using the book, understand topics because I was forever trying to work out what had been done! Another problem with the book is that there are too many words trying to describe things which for me just confused me more. I wish authors would just print annotations in their books as it would be far clear and make it easier to understand! The upside of the book, it has loads of examples of varying difficulty and does contain all the topics to even more detail needed.
Later on in the year, I bought Engineering Mathematics by Stroud. This book was an almost perfect book as it assumes nothing and is very well structured. Unfortunately, it didn't cover all the topics in enough detail for my maths which was a bit of a shame.