Technical Mathematics

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Cengage Learning, 2003 - Mathematics - 1041 pages
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Students preparing for technical, engineering technology, or scientific careers will benefit from the major projects and integrated use of calculators in this 3rd edition that allow them to solve problems in much the same manner as they will on the job! Thorough coverage of precalculus topics ranging from algebra and geometry to trigonometry and analytic geometry place an emphasis on how these topics are used in specific occupations. Written in an easy-to-understand manner, this comprehensive book provides numerous application-oriented exercises and examples that will help students learn to use mathematics and technology in situations related to their future work. A companion web page has additional material for both faculty and students.
 

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Contents

The Real Number System
1
Algebraic Concepts and Operations
62
Geometry
111
Building Design
168
An Introduction to Trigonometry
230
Chip Away
270
Factoring and Algebraic Fractions
314
Vectors and Trigonometric Functions
356
Complex Numbers
616
An Introduction to Plane Analytic Geometry
661
Bending Beams
723
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
753
Matrices
786
Shaping Up
816
Trigonometric Formulas Identities and Equations
855
Roller Coasters
884

Roll Em
396
Graphs of Trigonometric Functions
449
Exponents and Radicals
506
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
534
Statistics and Empirical Methods
575
An Introduction to Calculus
886
APPENDIX A The Metric System
926
ANSWERS TO ODDNUMBERED EXERCISES
936
INDEX OF APPLICATIONS
1029
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John C. Peterson is a retired professor of mathematics at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, where he received the college's Teaching Excellence Award. In addition, he is a past vice president of the American Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and was co-director of the AMATYC project on Mathematics for the Emerging Technologies funded by the National Science Foundation. He also authored the project report, A Vision: Mathematics for the Emerging Technologies. Dr. Peterson's 90 professional publications include textbooks TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS and INTRODUCTORY TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and a doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics education from The Ohio State University.

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