Mathematical Tools for Real-World Applications

Mathematical Tools for Real-World Applications A Gentle Introduction for Students and Practitioners

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Publisher's Synopsis

Many young graduates leave school with a solid knowledge of mathematical concepts but struggle to apply these concepts in practice. Real scientific and engineering problems are different from those found in textbooks: they are messier, take longer to solve, and standard solution recipes might not apply. This book fills the gap between what is taught in the typical college curriculum and what a practicing engineer or scientist needs to know. It presents six powerful tools for analysis, research, and problem-solving in the real world: dimensional analysis, limiting cases, symmetry, scaling, making order of magnitude estimates, and the method of successive approximations. The book does not focus on formulaic manipulations of equations, but emphasizes analysis and explores connections between the equations and the application. Each chapter introduces a set of ideas and techniques and then shows how these techniques apply to a series of problems. (Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry, but not calculus, is required.) The final two chapters tie all six techniques together and apply them to two real-world problems: computing the probability of a rare, catastrophic event, and tracking a satellite with a GPS receiver. Readers will learn how to analyse, dissect, and gain insight into the results by using all the techniques presented in earlier chapters-and discover how analysis tools work on problems not concocted for a textbook. The appendix provides solutions to many of the problems found throughout the book.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262543965
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 510
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20211119
Number of pages: xxvi, 280
Weight: 498g
Height: 178mm
Width: 229mm
Spine width: 35mm