Basic Engineering Mathematics – John Bird – 4th Edition


Unlike most maths texts, this does not assume a firm grasp of GCSE maths, and unlike low-level general maths texts, the content is tailored specifically for the needs of engineers. The result is a unique book written for engineering , which takes a starting point below GCSE level. is therefore ideal for students of a wide range of abilities, and especially for those who find the theoretical side of mathematics difficult.

All students taking vocational engineering courses who require fundamental of mathematics for engineering and do not have prior knowledge beyond basic school mathematics, will find this book essential reading. The content has been designed primarily to meet the needs of students studying Level 2 courses, including GCSE Engineering and Intermediate GNVQ, and is matched to BTEC First specifications. However Level 3 students will also find this text to be a useful resource for getting to grips with the essential mathematics concepts needed for their study, as the compulsory topics required in BTEC National and AVCE / A Level courses are also addressed.

The fourth edition incorporates new material on adding waveforms, with logarithmic scales, and inequalities – key topics needed for GCSE and Level 2 study.

Table of Contents

1. Basic arithmetic.
2. Fractions, decimals and percentages.
3. Indices, standard form and engineering notation.
4. Calculations and evaluations of formulae.
5. Computer numbering systems. Algebra.
6. Simple equations.
7. Transposition of formulae.
8. Simultaneous equations.
9. Quadratic equations.
10. Inequalities.
11. Straight line graphs.
12. Graphical solution of equations.
13. Logarithms.
14. Exponential functions.
15. Reduction of non-linear laws to linear form.
16. Graphs with logarithmic scales.
17. Geometry and triangles.
18. Introduction to trigonometry.
19. Trigonometric waveforms.
20. Cartesan and polar co-ordinates.
21. Areas of plane figures.
22. The circle.
23. Volumes of common solids.
24. Irregular areas and volumes and mean values of waveforms.
25. Triangles and some practical applications.
26. Vectors.
27. Adding waveforms.
28. Number sequences.
29. Presentation of statistical data.
30. Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Probability.
31. Introduction to differentiation.
32. Introduction to integration.
33. List of formulae.
34. Answers to Exercises.
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