This friendly self help workbook covers mathematics essential to first year undergraduate scientists and engineers In the second edition of this highly successful textbook the author has completely revised the existing text and added a totally new chapter on vectors Mathematics underpins all science and engineering degrees, and this may cause problems for students whose understanding of the subject is weak In this book Jenny Olive uses her extensive experience of teaching and helping students by giving a clear and confident presentation of the core mathematics needed by students starting science or engineering courses The book contains almostexercises, with detailed solutions given in the back to allow students who get stuck to see exactly where they have gone wrong Topics covered include trigonometry and hyperbolic functions, sequences and series with detailed coverage of binomial series , differentiation and integration, complex numbers, and vectors

12 thoughts on “Maths: A Student's Survival Guide: A Self-Help Workbook for Science and Engineering Students”

This is brilliant it is the book that I have been looking for for than a year I am trying to work my way through the A level maths syllabus without tutoring which has been hard work with the level of explanation offered in most textbooks which have left me feeling frustrated and confused at times I have a work ethic and am happy to plough but I feel here that the writer is rooting for you and wants you to understand as opposed to some other maths books writers in my experience Yes, it is a tome but there is plenty of explanation It is worth every penny thank you, Jenny Olive.

I have just finished chapter 1, so my review is for my impression of the book thus far I will try to update this review as I complete subsequent chapters.The book is huge The pages are as wide as A4 and a little shorter in height There are 634 pages, including the answers and index, so a lot of material is covered.This is exactly the type of maths book I have been looking for I bought Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Higher and found it to be a standard secondary school maths book adequate, not bad I also bought Core Maths for Advanced Level because of its high rating The authors of Core Maths have made excellent choices in the questions they ask and the order in which they are asked Core Maths main failing is that little explanation is given It often gives one example question, loosely shows how the answer can be derived, and then gives 30 exercises, lots of which cannot be done from the information in the example alone It is sometimes satisfying to figure these out for yourself, but this takes a lot of time.Maths A Student s Survival Guide is a self help book designed for those teaching themselves without attending classes It succeeds in this The author has written down what she would say if she was sitting next to you, explaining the subject matter Even the answers at the back of the book are explained In the other two maths books I have, the final, simplest answers are provided, but in this book the answers mostly show the question, show each step in how to work it out, and then show the final answer Further, the author occassionally writes entire paragraphs in the answers section explaining the problem, and some common pitfalls that students tend to make.The text itself is amazing It s a maths book with words than numbers EVERYTHING is explained, right down to 2 2 4, and that s not a joke She literally explains that 2 2 4 is notation for positive two in addition to positive two equals positive four when she introduces negative minus numbers You can preview the first few pages on , and I recommend you read those pages and do the included sums to see if this book is what you are looking for.Chapter 1 starts with a self test If you correctly answer all of the questions then you can obviously skip the chapter if you wish This is helpful to prevent time wasting, but I still recommend you read Chapter 1 from start to finish because it deals with than is covered in the test, such as simple binary numbers Adding, multiplying, subtracting and dividing are all explained yes, these simple little things are EXPLAINED, and the explanation makes sense too.Chapter 1 is about algebra Algebra is fundamental because you are always trying to solve a problem, like 3 a 7 You learn why a a 2a and axa a 2 a to the power of 2 You then learn how to simplify problems by factorising them, and how to do the opposite, multiply the factors back out again.It moves on to explain fractions, and does so visually The author uses visuals where necessary, like when explaining the scary term the difference of two squares She often shows why things are not arbitrary, why the wrong way is wrong and not just different e.g by substituting numbers in for the following letters to show why a b c does not equal a b a c.There are exercises for each section, which start easy but get challenging each time There are not too many exercises, usually around ten, which seems enough Core Maths often has 30 exercise questions, if you prefer that.I feel like what I have been taught in school was not really maths, and that this is what maths really is.I want to talk about section 1.E The different kinds of numbers It gives a history of how we got from having no numbers to giving them names, inventing zero, negative numbers, fractions, surds roots , and complex numbers Every child should be taught this, because simply saying two plus two equals four makes it a game with arbitrary rules, instead of a rigorous system with some historical influences still present.Binary is a short but joyous section, and makes me want to do all my sums in binary because it s the simplest system Prime numbers and factors is another fantastic section because it shows how prime numbers are the atoms of all numbers, how any whole number can be made from a prime, like 12 is 2x2x3, but no numbers make 11 except eleven 1 s The chapter ends on surd fractions, which is enjoyable.One thing I don t like is constantly having to flip to the back of the book to see the answers When examples are given, the answers come after the example Why isn t the whole book like this Instead I need two bookmarks, one for the questions and another for the answers It s a big book and my desk is small, so flipping to the back after each question is completed, which I find to be the most rewarding, is not easy Maybe people have problems preventing themselves from peeking at convenient answers, but I don t, and putting the answers at the back doesn t prevent this if you check if your answer is correct after each sum Make them convenient and on the same page as the questions, not in the back of the book after the last chapter but before the index.Overall I love this book Maths should be taught like this from the first day children start learning maths in school.

I have hunted for this book for years, unable to remember the title Astonished I found it as I lost my last copy at university in 1998 Excellent book for revision and written to guide you step by step, one of the best, if not the best book on maths I have found So glad to own a copy again If you are going to university and want to freshen up your maths or like me, take uni maths as a module, get this book

Good book Well written and fairly simple to follow Arrived quickly and is much easier to work through than I had anticipated That was a big relief for me.Bought for an access course at uni.

Jenny taught me during some maths courses in Swansea Looking back on this, it seems we were all guinea pigs She has a straight forward and simple approach to breaking down concepts and problems into an understandable format I couldn t recommend this book enough for students and have just bought the book for my partner to help with her studies.

Excellent book approaches the subject from a uniquely accessible angle which encourages the student to see the beauty of the subject beyond bone dry jargon.

It is curious that a maths professor is the only one to give this book a relatively negative review, strange I am sure he knows it all and assumes we must be like him and can read those terse dense tomes so often inflicted on us the less well prepared If that happens to you, you will need the metphorical life belt that this book is to help you on your way Likely as not, you won t need professorial help, that is one of the most important features of this book verbose or not.I read the book, and I mean I read the book Line by line and worked through the examples in the main text, stopped for the dark lines and pondered the examples she puts for you to read below those dark lines, once the point dawns on you, and it useually does, you move on better equipped to work the mathematics that is to come in the book The stunning thing about this book is that all the questions are fully answered and explained so that you can, if you are honest, do the exercises and see what you missed if you come up with the wrong answer, what ever you do, don t look up the answers do the problems honesly, otherwise you are wasting your money.So many math tomes offer unexplained answers for odd numbered exercises, this book answers all the exercise questions in full plus tips and cross referencing between topics in the text That alone is value for money, no added cost for a solutions manual so common here in the US.The majority of us have had less than stellar teaching at grammar and high school in math, thus a line by line from first principles approach brilliantly authored is a god send There are next to no math books at this level that can be mastered on your own without the benefit of a tutor the only other books that approach this level are the advanced Stroud and Booth programmed books best consulted after reading this book.I recomend this book to all who need a way into math without a tutor, work the text and the material beneath the dark overlines, and you will prosper mathematically There is also a web site too that has much to offer.Could it be improved Not really, the only improvement would be to venture into other topics such as fourier analysis to posit one example.

I ve taught calculus, linear algebra, and other mathematics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level In my experience, most students have problems in advanced STEM courses because they do not have a firm grasp of mathematics fundamentals.This book provides those fundamentals, in a very easy to digest learn format It provides self tests for its earliest material These tests can be taken and self graded the answers are provided , and if the material in these early sections is already understood they can be skipped, if the self tests indicate they can be However, it would be quite helpful if tests were also provided for all the later material It is not as concise as perhaps a math major or math instructor might like, but this is probably just right for the typical student.The book provides a simple easy to read introduction to the basic mathematics needed in a STEM undergraduate curriculum.This is a book that can be highly recommended.

It has been many years since I studied any maths , and then only at a fairly basic level This book takes me to places I never knew existed before,but to my amazement I could actually understand what was being taught.I especially found the step by step solutions to the problems most helpful.Unlike some texts that just give you the answers,and you are left wondering how did they come up with that All in all a most user freindly book.

My daughters are going through grade school right now and their text books are, without exception, horrible This textbook is what they have used to completely end run the near useless textbooks and the half useless math teachers that the local school system has saddled them with.A simple example of the difference between this and a normal school textbook lesson would be that my daughters spend around one third of their homework looking up tutorials on the internet as their textbooks explanations are useless , the next third asking me, and the last third actually getting the homework done But once they started using this book, they just blew through it.

This is brilliant it is the book that I have been looking for for than a year I am trying to work my way through the A level maths syllabus without tutoring which has been hard work with the level of explanation offered in most textbooks which have left me feeling frustrated and confused at times I have a work ethic and am happy to plough but I feel here that the writer is rooting for you and wants you to understand as opposed to some other maths books writers in my experience Yes, it is a tome but there is plenty of explanation It is worth every penny thank you, Jenny Olive.

I have just finished chapter 1, so my review is for my impression of the book thus far I will try to update this review as I complete subsequent chapters.The book is huge The pages are as wide as A4 and a little shorter in height There are 634 pages, including the answers and index, so a lot of material is covered.This is exactly the type of maths book I have been looking for I bought Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Higher and found it to be a standard secondary school maths book adequate, not bad I also bought Core Maths for Advanced Level because of its high rating The authors of Core Maths have made excellent choices in the questions they ask and the order in which they are asked Core Maths main failing is that little explanation is given It often gives one example question, loosely shows how the answer can be derived, and then gives 30 exercises, lots of which cannot be done from the information in the example alone It is sometimes satisfying to figure these out for yourself, but this takes a lot of time.Maths A Student s Survival Guide is a self help book designed for those teaching themselves without attending classes It succeeds in this The author has written down what she would say if she was sitting next to you, explaining the subject matter Even the answers at the back of the book are explained In the other two maths books I have, the final, simplest answers are provided, but in this book the answers mostly show the question, show each step in how to work it out, and then show the final answer Further, the author occassionally writes entire paragraphs in the answers section explaining the problem, and some common pitfalls that students tend to make.The text itself is amazing It s a maths book with words than numbers EVERYTHING is explained, right down to 2 2 4, and that s not a joke She literally explains that 2 2 4 is notation for positive two in addition to positive two equals positive four when she introduces negative minus numbers You can preview the first few pages on , and I recommend you read those pages and do the included sums to see if this book is what you are looking for.Chapter 1 starts with a self test If you correctly answer all of the questions then you can obviously skip the chapter if you wish This is helpful to prevent time wasting, but I still recommend you read Chapter 1 from start to finish because it deals with than is covered in the test, such as simple binary numbers Adding, multiplying, subtracting and dividing are all explained yes, these simple little things are EXPLAINED, and the explanation makes sense too.Chapter 1 is about algebra Algebra is fundamental because you are always trying to solve a problem, like 3 a 7 You learn why a a 2a and axa a 2 a to the power of 2 You then learn how to simplify problems by factorising them, and how to do the opposite, multiply the factors back out again.It moves on to explain fractions, and does so visually The author uses visuals where necessary, like when explaining the scary term the difference of two squares She often shows why things are not arbitrary, why the wrong way is wrong and not just different e.g by substituting numbers in for the following letters to show why a b c does not equal a b a c.There are exercises for each section, which start easy but get challenging each time There are not too many exercises, usually around ten, which seems enough Core Maths often has 30 exercise questions, if you prefer that.I feel like what I have been taught in school was not really maths, and that this is what maths really is.I want to talk about section 1.E The different kinds of numbers It gives a history of how we got from having no numbers to giving them names, inventing zero, negative numbers, fractions, surds roots , and complex numbers Every child should be taught this, because simply saying two plus two equals four makes it a game with arbitrary rules, instead of a rigorous system with some historical influences still present.Binary is a short but joyous section, and makes me want to do all my sums in binary because it s the simplest system Prime numbers and factors is another fantastic section because it shows how prime numbers are the atoms of all numbers, how any whole number can be made from a prime, like 12 is 2x2x3, but no numbers make 11 except eleven 1 s The chapter ends on surd fractions, which is enjoyable.One thing I don t like is constantly having to flip to the back of the book to see the answers When examples are given, the answers come after the example Why isn t the whole book like this Instead I need two bookmarks, one for the questions and another for the answers It s a big book and my desk is small, so flipping to the back after each question is completed, which I find to be the most rewarding, is not easy Maybe people have problems preventing themselves from peeking at convenient answers, but I don t, and putting the answers at the back doesn t prevent this if you check if your answer is correct after each sum Make them convenient and on the same page as the questions, not in the back of the book after the last chapter but before the index.Overall I love this book Maths should be taught like this from the first day children start learning maths in school.

I have hunted for this book for years, unable to remember the title Astonished I found it as I lost my last copy at university in 1998 Excellent book for revision and written to guide you step by step, one of the best, if not the best book on maths I have found So glad to own a copy again If you are going to university and want to freshen up your maths or like me, take uni maths as a module, get this book

Good book Well written and fairly simple to follow Arrived quickly and is much easier to work through than I had anticipated That was a big relief for me.Bought for an access course at uni.

Working my way through the book Great learning tool that breaks things down into bite size pieces.

Jenny taught me during some maths courses in Swansea Looking back on this, it seems we were all guinea pigs She has a straight forward and simple approach to breaking down concepts and problems into an understandable format I couldn t recommend this book enough for students and have just bought the book for my partner to help with her studies.

Bought as new but looks second hand to me Bit grubby and screwed up.Content I m sure will be great as its been highly recommended

Excellent book approaches the subject from a uniquely accessible angle which encourages the student to see the beauty of the subject beyond bone dry jargon.

It is curious that a maths professor is the only one to give this book a relatively negative review, strange I am sure he knows it all and assumes we must be like him and can read those terse dense tomes so often inflicted on us the less well prepared If that happens to you, you will need the metphorical life belt that this book is to help you on your way Likely as not, you won t need professorial help, that is one of the most important features of this book verbose or not.I read the book, and I mean I read the book Line by line and worked through the examples in the main text, stopped for the dark lines and pondered the examples she puts for you to read below those dark lines, once the point dawns on you, and it useually does, you move on better equipped to work the mathematics that is to come in the book The stunning thing about this book is that all the questions are fully answered and explained so that you can, if you are honest, do the exercises and see what you missed if you come up with the wrong answer, what ever you do, don t look up the answers do the problems honesly, otherwise you are wasting your money.So many math tomes offer unexplained answers for odd numbered exercises, this book answers all the exercise questions in full plus tips and cross referencing between topics in the text That alone is value for money, no added cost for a solutions manual so common here in the US.The majority of us have had less than stellar teaching at grammar and high school in math, thus a line by line from first principles approach brilliantly authored is a god send There are next to no math books at this level that can be mastered on your own without the benefit of a tutor the only other books that approach this level are the advanced Stroud and Booth programmed books best consulted after reading this book.I recomend this book to all who need a way into math without a tutor, work the text and the material beneath the dark overlines, and you will prosper mathematically There is also a web site too that has much to offer.Could it be improved Not really, the only improvement would be to venture into other topics such as fourier analysis to posit one example.

I ve taught calculus, linear algebra, and other mathematics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level In my experience, most students have problems in advanced STEM courses because they do not have a firm grasp of mathematics fundamentals.This book provides those fundamentals, in a very easy to digest learn format It provides self tests for its earliest material These tests can be taken and self graded the answers are provided , and if the material in these early sections is already understood they can be skipped, if the self tests indicate they can be However, it would be quite helpful if tests were also provided for all the later material It is not as concise as perhaps a math major or math instructor might like, but this is probably just right for the typical student.The book provides a simple easy to read introduction to the basic mathematics needed in a STEM undergraduate curriculum.This is a book that can be highly recommended.

It has been many years since I studied any maths , and then only at a fairly basic level This book takes me to places I never knew existed before,but to my amazement I could actually understand what was being taught.I especially found the step by step solutions to the problems most helpful.Unlike some texts that just give you the answers,and you are left wondering how did they come up with that All in all a most user freindly book.

My daughters are going through grade school right now and their text books are, without exception, horrible This textbook is what they have used to completely end run the near useless textbooks and the half useless math teachers that the local school system has saddled them with.A simple example of the difference between this and a normal school textbook lesson would be that my daughters spend around one third of their homework looking up tutorials on the internet as their textbooks explanations are useless , the next third asking me, and the last third actually getting the homework done But once they started using this book, they just blew through it.