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Technical Mathematics, 1/e

Robert L. Donovan, Manatee Community College

Published August, 1995 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology

Copyright 1996, 584 pp.
ISBN 0-13-440694-X

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Incoming students are often anxious to begin their studies in technology, but are not so enthused about math. This book is written with those students in mind, to mainstream them into their chosen fields quickly. Assuming only a high school background in algebra, this book provides an accessible, application-driven approach to algebra and trigonometry. In addition to a strong mathematical understanding, its many practical examples and exercises are designed to develop the solid work habits and thought processes that are essential for success in the workplace.


Chapter 13 — Application of Vectors – is the key feature of this text. It ties the entire text together: algebra, trigonometry, systems of equations, and problems. No other text offers this kind of comprehensive summation and application of topics. The first 12 chapters build toward this application chapter, which shows specifically why and how the algebra and trigonometry math techniques are necessary in the technology field.
guides students through the basics of algebra before establishing a working knowledge of trigonometric principles and applications.

  • applies logs to sound level and heat transfer.
  • applies trigonometry to the refraction of light.
constructs a sound instructional framework in each chapter, consisting of...
  • Chapter Outline
  • List of Key Terms
  • Performance-Based Objectives
  • Chapter Summary
  • End-of-Chapter Problems and Answers
integrates numerous fully-worked examples which are reinforced immediately with end-of-section problems.
offers hand-held calculator instruction in a generic manner, rather than limiting training to one model of calculator.
this successful author “converses” with students in a clear, engaging style that provides a step-by-step explanation of the topics.

Table of Contents
    1. Arithmetic.
    2. Scientific Notation, Engineering Notation, and Significant Digits.
    3. Algebra.
    4. Solving Literal Equations.
    5. Units of Measure.
    6. Solving Problems.
    7. Geometry.
    8. Linear Equations and Graphing.
    9. Systems of Linear Equations.
    10. Trigonometry.
    11. Vectors and Phasors.
    12. Complex Numbers.
    13. Vector Application.
    14. Logarithms.
    15. Quadratic Equations.
    16. Number Systems.
    Appendix: Solutions to End of Chapter Problems.


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