Guide to Essential Math, 2nd Edition

A Review for Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Students

Guide to Essential Math, 2nd Edition,Sy Blinder,ISBN9780124071636





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A highly accessible presentation of fundamental mathematical techniques needed in science and engineering courses.

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Key Features

  • Use of proven pedagogical techniques developed during the author’s 40 years of teaching experience
  • New practice problems and exercises to enhance comprehension
  • Coverage of fairly advanced topics, including vector and matrix algebra, partial differential equations, special functions and complex variables


This book reminds students in junior, senior and graduate level courses in physics, chemistry and engineering of the math they may have forgotten (or learned imperfectly), which is needed to succeed in science courses. The focus is on math actually used in physics, chemistry and engineering, and the approach to mathematics begins with 12 examples of increasing complexity, designed to hone the student's ability to think in mathematical terms and to apply quantitative methods to scientific problems. Detailed Illustrations and links to reference material online help further comprehension. The 2e features new problems and illustrations and features expanded chapters on matrix algebra and differential equations.


Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in physics, chemistry and engineering

Sy Blinder

Affiliations and Expertise

Wolfram Research, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

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Guide to Essential Math, 2nd Edition

1 Mathematical Thinking
2. Numbers
3 Algebra
4 Trigonometry
5 Analytic Geometry
6 Calculus
7 Series and Integrals
8 Differential Equations
9 Matrix Algebra
10 Multivariable Calculus
11 Vector Analysis
12 Special Functions
13 Complex Variables

Quotes and reviews

"Blinder throws a life saver to upper-level and early graduate students of physics, chemistry, and engineering who passed the prerequisite freshman and sophomore mathematics courses but are now discovering that they did not really learn very much. All the information is still in their heads, he says, it just needs to be found, dusted off, and loosened up with some exercise."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

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