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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2002
Without doubt the best textbook that I have ever read. I first came across this book whilst studying for a Physics degree and since then I have used the book on countless occasions. K A Stroud has managed to create a book that teaches you as well as if you were actually in a lecture. Split into Programmes of study, each is sub-divided into Frames. The beginning of each Frame is almost a Dummies guide to... and yet by the time you reach Frame 15 you're strolling through some complex problems, as if you had been familiar with the subject for years. If all Physics and Engineering books were like this I'd have breezed through all of my exams. Unfortunately I only breezed through maths.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2005
I know a lot of UK universities recommend this but if your university advises anything else, ignore them. Engineering Mathematics is the best text book I used in the course of my degree and I still use it today. I was fortunate to have a good maths lecturer but on the odd occasions I got lost during a lecture (or if I was unable to attend), following the relevant areas in Engineering Mathematics soon got me up to speed.
The book is split into a series of 28 programmes taking you from the simple stuff like Complex Numbers through more difficult subjects like Calculus. There is some statistics in there two. Each programme is broken out into a series of exercises which if you follow through sequentially take you from the basics in such a well devised step by step way that you never feel there is too big of a leap being made which is a problem with some other maths books.
Thank you K. A. Stroud for helping me through my degree!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2004
Three things to start off with:
1) I very much doubt whether I would have passed my first year in electronic engineering without this book.
2) This is not a reference textbook. It is a mathematics course.
3)This book (5th edition) does contain laplace transforms, partial differentiation and multiple integrals. It doesn't contain Taylor series in two variables, which is slightly annoying but minor.
The great thing about this book is that though not a book you can use to quickly refer to to find out some equations (I find Engineering Mathematics by Croft, Davidson and Hargreaves useful for that.) but for when you're actually learning the stuff, ie you don't understand things before you open the book. If you've gone back to your room afte a few weeks of lectures on a subject you really don't understand, open this book, find the relevant chapter and work your way through it. At the end of this, unlessyou're on an engineering course by complete mistake, you WILL have a good grasp of that subject. I has this book on my shelf for a year at uni and occasionally used it as reference (possible if hard), and failed my maths exam. Over the summer, I worked my way systematically through most of the book, and at the end of August, passed my resit exam. I don't think I could have survived without it.
The book is divided up into chapters with about 50 frames in each which you work through, lots of examples and worked solutions given, and some test questions at the end (plus loads of 'further questions' for each chapter.) You could probably work through this in parallel with a lecture course if you so wished, it may give you a different method of explaining things to what your lecturerer says, which can be useful. At no point is it overly complex, and it even has twelve Foundation chapters, which are all pretty basic A level stuff, to pick up on any obvious things you may have missed out on.
Though it may not cover every single thing you'll meet in your engineering first year, you can survive on this book if nothing else. It definitely goes further than further maths A level courses, and if you buy one book before starting an Electronics degree, let it be this one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2006
Never a great fan of mathematics and only got through maths A level by cramming and learning a load of stuff by memory without really understanding it. When I went on to do a degree in electronics maths was an integral part of the syllabus and it was the one part of the course I was dreading. Then somebody recommended this book to me and I bought it out of desperation and hope. My God! What a revelation, for the first time here was a maths text book that helped me to understand exactly what was going on and took me step by step through increasingly difficult problems. I actually enjoyed using it, and that's something I never thought I'd say about a maths text book. Once I understood what I was supposed to be doing I started to enjoy doing it and my confidence grew. At my first year exams I actually got my best marks in maths. I never would have believed it possible at the beginning of the year. It's not a heavyweight maths text book but it's ideal for people who need to do maths as part of a technical degree course.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2001
K A Strouds books; Engineering Mathematics and Further Engineering Mathematics are quite simply the finest texts of its kind. K A Stroud clarifies any difficulties or lack of understanding with upmost ability. In a nutshell any mathematics is made easy. All students with engineering maths/pure maths within their course should buy this, confusion will be a thing of the past, these books got me from a fail at A-Level maths to a 2:1 in Engineering. Brilliant
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2005
Put very simply this book seems to have the majority of the stuff I need for my Physics course. With one notable exception, there doesn't appear to be that much on Mechanics, so if the need arrises e.g. a projectiles question, I simply look at a little a-level revision guide for any help I need. Other than that this book has it all it starts of at the VERY basics in a chapter of fundamentals which reminds even the most forgetful person about the rules of addition and subtraction, when to use brackets etc, and goes on to Partial Frations, Basic Calculus, Complex Numbers Matricies etc, working its way up to Partial Differentiation, Differential Equations and a whole chapter on Statistics.
All writen in a very straight forward way. It can be used as a refresher, or as a way to learn for the first time.
When picking a book I wanted one which had everything, and this pretty much does...and at 1200+ pages, it's quite an impressive feature on a book shelf, though not practical to carry around with you.
And as for the CD it seems to be just about what I'd expect, a questions database mainly, to be used to as you go along and check everything is sinking in, nothing amazing but worth having and considering it's free it's a bargin.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2004
You are either about to start an engineering degree, or are on an engineering degree and have become lost in the maths. Everybody has the books out of the library. What do you do? Get Engineering Mathematics and Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Stroud! You are about to start, or are on an HNC/HND in an engineering discipline and are again lost in the maths. What do you do? Get Engineering Mathematics by Stroud!

These books by Ken Stroud are in my opinion the definitive mathematics books for undergraduate and HNC/HND study alike. They strip away the rubbish, and through clear crisp step by step programmed study where you learn and interact, show you exactly how to do the maths. One reviewer stated that Laplace Transforms and Taylor Series were not in Engineering Mathematics. True! They are in Advanced Engineering Mathematics!

Who am I to talk? I have an HNC, BSc, and MSc in electrical engineering, and the maths was not just learned at lectures, but in conjunction with these books. You want to learn and understand the maths, right? Then take it from me, these books will be the best course investment you ever made. GET THEM!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2001
I studied this book as part of my degree several years ago (several chapters a week no less) and I'm still lending this battered book to other people who require an understanding of Engineering Mathematics. I reccommend this book to anybody who wishes to understand Mathematics quickly, or who want a quick refresher.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2002
This is a excellent book if your mathematics is not very strong
Explains everything from the basics to the more complex
Easy to read and understand - Highly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2001
I was waiting for the fifth release of this book. When I finally got my hands on a copy I was supriced to see that a new edition had indeed improved a maths book (which tend to be pretty standard between releases). I must say that this book is a lifesaver... I am studying engineering and this book really helps my average maths improve greatly. It starts off with a foundation course which fills any gaps in your knowledge and then goes on to give you the real stuff. The approach is excellent with many worked examples and you really feel that someone is there with you explaining everything that did not seem to make sence. A book by which other books are judged
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