
Technical Mathematics, 1/e
Robert L. Donovan, Manatee Community College
Published August, 1995 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology
Copyright 1996, 584 pp.
Cloth
ISBN 013440694X

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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, applicationdriven 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
 PerformanceBased Objectives
 Chapter Summary
 EndofChapter Problems and Answers
integrates numerous fullyworked examples which are reinforced
immediately with endofsection problems.
offers handheld 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 stepbystep explanation
of the topics.
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.
Index.
