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The Mathematics Companion: Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers

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A book by Anthony Craig Fischer-Cripps

This is an interesting and useful little book… .it is very well done, and everything that might be expected to be there is there… .The book might also be invaluable for those undergraduate students in Mathematics, Science or Engineering, … see full wiki

Author: Anthony Craig Fischer-Cripps
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
1 review about The Mathematics Companion: Mathematical...

Ideal for the person with a working knowledge of mathematics that needs a refresher

  • Mar 16, 2010
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The prime audience for this book is working professionals whose education required at least the first two years of the math major. To be more specific, I mean people that had to take at least a two-semester college sequence of calculus, linear algebra and a few other courses and now use that knowledge in their jobs. The author is a physicist, so the topics reviewed are those that a working physicist would need to have studied, although people in other areas such as engineering and chemistry will also find it valuable.
A wide variety of topics are briefly surveyed:

*) Differential and integral calculus
*) Trigonometric and hyperbolic functions
*) Infinite series
*) Probability
*) Matrices
*) Ordinary differential equations
*) Partial differential equations
*) Matrices
*) Vector analysis
*) Fourier series
*) Multiple integrals
*) Complex functions

There is almost nothing in the way of theory, the topic is presented and a few examples/applications are demonstrated. It is assumed that the reader has been exposed to the material in detail and needs only a reminder or a slightly more in-depth refresher.
While there are some typos, there really are no more than in most books. The problem is that mathematics is presented in such condensed form; most errors of a single character are magnified. Nevertheless, this is a book that the person working in a profession based on mathematics can use as a valuable aid when a quick update is needed.

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