Suggestions to instructors

This book is written to be a textbook for upper division undergraduate and entry-level graduate classes. It is also intended to be a reference book for practicing engineers to refresh their experience and skills in using mathematics for their engineering analyses, or to upgrade their understanding of contemporary analytical tools using digital technology in numerical methods as well as the use of commercial software packages such as MatLAB and the finite-element method for advanced engineering analyses.

The content of this book is designed for 3 hours per week in a 15-week long semester at both undergraduate and graduate levels. With significant omission of materials, the book can also be used for classes with well-prepared students for 10-week long quarters.

This textbook would be more effective for students with the following academic experience and backgrounds:

  1. 1. Undergraduate students in good upper division academic standing with sound knowledge and experience in college mathematics that includes calculus, differential equations, fundamental physics, and concurrent learning of engineering subjects in solid and fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
  2. 2. Students with working experience in computer software packages such as Microsoft Office, in particular the MS Excel, and other software packages such as Mathematica and MatLAB over those who do not have such experience.

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