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Essentials of Technical Mathematics, 3/e

Richard S. Paul, Penn State University

Published September, 1988 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology

Copyright 1989, 832 pp.
ISBN 0-13-288812-2

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An applications-oriented approach — designed especially to meet the math needs of those in the various engineering technologies who have limited mathematical backgrounds.


presents a good balance between mathematical concepts, manipulative mathematics, and their applications to the technologies — emphasizing the “how” and the “why.”
carefully explains and motivates all mathematical concepts and methods.
contains over 1000 step-by-step examples.
includes an abundance and variety of technical applications — which require no prior technical knowledge.
features over 5200 problems.
introduces and uses a scientific calculator throughout as the need arises.

Table of Contents

    Preliminary Topics.
    1. Operations with Real Numbers.
    2. Introduction to Exponents and Radicals.
    3. Operations with link power budgets.
    4. Equations.
    5. Functions and Graphs.
    6. Trigonometric Functions of an Acute Angle.
    7. Reference Angles and Vectors.
    8. Straight Lines.
    9. Systems of Equations.
    10. Factoring and Fractions.
    11. Operations with Radicals.
    12. Quadratic Equations and Functions.
    13. Complex Numbers.
    14. Variation.
    15. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.
    16. Graphs of the Trigonometric Functions.
    17. Trigonometric Formulas and Equations.
    18. Oblique Triangles, Area, and Angular Speed.
    19. Inequalities.
    20. Sequences and Series.
    21. Analytic Geometry.
    Appendix: The Scientific Calculator.
    Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems.


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