Book recomendation Scottish higher level maths

• Apr 23rd 2011, 04:32 PM
cjmcdougall
Book recomendation Scottish higher level maths
Hi

I'm coming to the end of my first year studying Civil Engineering but I am still having some difficulty with the maths involved. As far as I am aware it its equivilent to Scottish higher level. As there are so many books out there relating to the subject could anyone make any recommendations so that I can work on this over the summer and be more confident in this area when returning in September.

Thanks
• Apr 23rd 2011, 04:46 PM
Ackbeet
I have no idea what is meant by "Scottish higher level", I'm afraid. If you're a freshman at the university level, then you're likely studying either Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Differential Equations. For Pre-Calculus, I'd recommend Morris Kline's Mathematics for the Nonmathematician. For Calculus, I'd recommend the same author's Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach. For Differential Equations, I'd recommend Tenenbaum and Pollard's Ordinary Differential Equations. All three are Dover books, and therefore quite inexpensive - and yet the quality is excellent.

Cheers.
• Apr 23rd 2011, 05:07 PM
cjmcdougall
Thanks for your reply. I guess a higher qualification would be equivelent to your high school diploma. The topics covered are:

Algebraic Expressions
Expansion, evaluation, transposition and indices
2 Straight Lines
Equations of lines and applications
3 Solution Of Equations
Linear and quadratic (by formula), simultaneous linear equations
4 Trigonometry
Trigonometric ratios for right angled triangles, solving problems.
5 Scalene Triangles
The sine and cosine rules - problems solved using these rules.
6 Vectors
Vector notation in 2-dimensions. Operations with vectors - addition, scalar and vector multiplication. Application to forces, work done, moments, etc.

Thanks
• Apr 23rd 2011, 05:10 PM
Ackbeet
Ah, then you definitely want Mathematics for the Nonmathematician.
• Apr 23rd 2011, 05:15 PM
cjmcdougall
Thanks guys, i'll check that out.

Craig
• Apr 26th 2011, 04:37 AM
Ackbeet
You're welcome! Have a good one.