- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: Industrial Press Inc. (1 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0831132086
- ISBN-13: 978-0831132088
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,505,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vector Analysis Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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How it teaches, or the algorithm is:
* provide learning objectives
* provide a motivating, easy to relate to reality example
* generate theory based on the example in a methodical and well explained manner and in BITE-SIZED pieces
* provide some fully worked examples
* provide the student with some questions
* provide fully worked answers to the aforementioned examples after the questions
* make the questions harder
* generalize the results
* provide questions with fully worked solutions using generalized results
* provide end of chapter quiz type questions with solutions
* repeat for each chapter!
This is a book that explains and continually reinforces your learning. The questions are probing with answers provided. This book will not leave you floundering or wondering how they got from one place to another. These guys really know (Dexter Booth)/ knew (K.A. Stroud) how to teach mathematics: take the student from what they know to what you want them to know in clear, manageable steps, providing guidance where required. I really like this book because of that. And it is reasonably rigorous to boot (but nowhere near as terse as a Springer book).
Audience: gifted high school student (having done some calculus) or 1-2nd year physics, mathematics, engineering student. I wish I had had this book when I did vector calculus. Also, take a look at Div, Grad, Curl, and All That: An Informal Text on Vector Calculus, Fourth Edition (Paperback) by H. M. Schey (ISBN 0393925161) for another seriously good book on this topic.
Another book book by the same authors, Stroud and Booth is also worth casting your eye over is: Differential Equations (ISBN: 083113187X). Chances are if you're doing vector analysis then DE's can't be too far away. And this is the second best value DE book I have seen (you can't beat Tenenbaum and Pollard's: Ordinary Differential Equations ISBN: 0486649407 , for value and content)
So in summary Vector Analysis represents excellent value with a quality teaching program and pedagogy and perfect for any student with the will to learn Vector Analysis (given some mathematical ability of course). And Autodidacts will really prosper with it!
While it may not have the content of those $120 books, but where's the point if you can't get a grip on the basics? This book will really value add to that $120 wonder by ensuring you do get the basics and well and thereby are in a better position to transition into the more arcane depths of that $120 hefty. Definitely two thumbs up!
Potential bias first: I teach mathematics and physics and have an engineering degree so my mathematic know-how is apparently well above average. This may color this review.
"Engineering Mathematics" and "Advanced Engineering Mathematics", two books written by Stroud over twenty years ago. Dexter Booth has simply copied a few chapters from these two books (7 chapters from the first book, 3 chapters from the second), and repackaged the material as "'Vector Analysis' by K.A. Stroud". In total, Vector Analysis is 340 pages, while it's parent books are each over 1000 pages.
Now, this alone I would not have a problem with, except that Dexter Booth fails to mention any of this in the book preface or on the cover descriptions. This book masquerades as original material by K.A. Stroud, when in fact it is just a copy and paste job, with a little bit of filler here and there inserted by Booth.
K.A. Stroud died in 2000, and this book was published by Dexter Booth in 2005 (with cooperation with Stroud's family). To me it's obvious what's happening... the family and a friend are profiting off of the re-release of the late Stroud's written material. I guess it's the same old story... but the only problem I have with it is the lack of transparency.
In conclusion -- the book is useful, it's pretty intuitive and it covers the topics you need to know for doing basic Vector Analysis (as you can read in the other reviews). But there should have been transparency in the description... that this is just copy and paste. Because personally, I would have just purchased both of the engineering math books... they cover a lot more content and are a much better value when you look at the cost vs. amount of material.
It concentrates more in the mathematical aspect of a formula, and it does not give you a complete "mathematics - physics" relationship concerning this formula. After all, vectors are used mainly in physics... Anyway, one of the best books on vectors.
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