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Engineering Mathematics Paperback – Large Print, 1 Jan 2001
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'For several decades Stroud has been the favourite text for teaching mathematics to first year engineering students.' -- EPSRC Biochemical Engineering Research Network
About the Author
KEN STROUD was Principal Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Coventry. He is also the author of the companion volume Further Engineering Mathematics. - DEXTER BOOTH is Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics at the University of Huddersfield. He has previously written several mathematics textbooks, including Foundation Mathematics (AWL) .
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I then wanted to help a student who owned the 7th edition, so I purchased this 7th edition, so I could set him questions, and have exactly the same material.
What I find really annoying about the 7th edition, is despite only a modest increase in the content from the 2nd edition, some of which seems a bit too basic, the book has got very large and THREE TIMES as heavy due to the excessive amount of white space wasted on each page. This probably explains why the book is quite expensive for one aimed at undergraduates.
Here are some statistics on the two editions.
2nd edition - 894 pages. Size 215 x 142 x 47 mm.. Mass = 940 g. White space at edges of page = 12 mm
7th edition - 1155 pages. Size: 277 x 217 x 43 mm. Mass approximately 2.8 kg. White space at edges of pages = 36 mm
(I had some difficulty measuring the mass of the 7th edition, as it was too heavy for any kitchen scales, so I supported part of the book on each of two sets of scales!)
Comparing the physical properties of the 7th edition, to that of the 2nd we see:
* A 40% increase in the page count
* Pages are 75 mm wider
* Pages are 60 mm taller
* 3 times the weight
* 3 times the amount of white space at the edges of the pages.
* A reduction of thickness due to thinner paper being used.
If, back in the late 1980's it was possible to print text to within 12 mm of the edges of the paper, why has this now changed to 36 mm? Not only is it a huge waste of paper, but the book is excessively heavy.
Comparing the mathematical content, the 7th edition starts off at much easier level, which is probably the result of the much easier A-levels in the UK now compared to when I took mine back in 1981. The first chapter is "Arithmetic", whereas the first chapter in the 2nd edition is on complex numbers. One has to wait until page 385 before complex numbers are introduced into the 7th edition. To be fair, the order of sections has changed, so this statistic is not as bad as it might seem. There is a new section on Laplace Transforms, which is not in the 2nd edition. There is also a number of pages devoted to the use of Excel, which is not in the 2nd edition. One might argue MATLAB might have been a better choice than Excel.
I'm not saying don't buy the 7th edition, especially if a course calls for this edition, but prospective purchasers of the book might want to consider if an older copy might be most cost effective. It's a shame i don't know when the weight increased so much, but the size/weight is certainly excessive.
Dr. David Kirkby, BSc MSc PhD.
There are a couple of faults I would give it.
1. About half of the problems in this book give a solution but no steps to finding this solution. When you are stuck on a problem with no step-by-step solution, it is difficult to see where you are going wrong. Some of the questions do have step-by-step solutions that can be found online, and these are great to work with, but it is irritating when you are stuck on one without a solution.
2. There are some minor printing errors (missing parentheses, spelling errors). While these are rarely errors that cause issues, I would have thought these would have been correct by the 7th edition.
3. Some of the early content is very basic. First 200 pages are GCSE level.
4. The price is excessive. If it was cheaper I would give it 4 stars.
If you do a similar course and struggle with maths then this is definitely for you
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