Technical Mathematics, 1/e
Robert L. Donovan, Manatee Community College
Published August, 1995 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology
Copyright 1996, 584 pp.
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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.
constructs a sound instructional framework in each chapter,
- applies logs to sound level and heat transfer.
- applies trigonometry to the refraction of light.
integrates numerous fully-worked examples which are reinforced
immediately with end-of-section problems.
- Chapter Outline
- List of Key Terms
- Performance-Based Objectives
- Chapter Summary
- End-of-Chapter Problems and Answers
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.
2. Scientific Notation, Engineering Notation, and Significant
4. Solving Literal Equations.
5. Units of Measure.
6. Solving Problems.
8. Linear Equations and Graphing.
9. Systems of Linear Equations.
11. Vectors and Phasors.
12. Complex Numbers.
13. Vector Application.
15. Quadratic Equations.
16. Number Systems.
Appendix: Solutions to End of Chapter Problems.