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    Book recomendation Scottish higher level maths

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    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.

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    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.

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    Last edited by Ackbeet; April 23rd 2011 at 06:01 PM.
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    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.

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    Ah, then you definitely want Mathematics for the Nonmathematician.
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    Thanks guys, i'll check that out.

    Craig
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    You're welcome! Have a good one.
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