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Guide to Essential Math

A Review for Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Students

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

Hardbound, 320 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-407163-6


  • "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


  • 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


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