Computational Maths for Dummies series

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Computational mathematics is not mathematics as you know it! As I have learnt, you don't need to know every mathematics trick in the book to start using this, and you can take some of these ideas and start approximating a lot of physical phenomena.

This is a small work-through of how to model a diffusive process using a very simple computer code. It purposely doesn't cover some of the finer points, but it's a good start for those who maybe have always wanted to include different, interesting physical effects in their code but have been scared of the mathematics behind it.

I will add more to the series, hopefully allowing people to start feeling equipped to use more and more computational mathematics.

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Anonymous's picture

Well thanks much for such a wonderful ebook, I'd really help me in getting over my maths screw up thing, anyways, i am an engineering student and I find maths quite tough could you kindly tell me where can I find an ebook which goes by the name "Engineering maths for dummies" or just basic engineering brain massage. Thanks.

StephenWade's picture

Hmm - difficult question. I think what you need is not so much to look for a book that makes engineering mathematics accessible to dummies, you need to start thinking that you are actually smart enough to work it all out (i.e. not a dummy). I guess that still leaves you with the problem of finding all the resources to further your understanding - hence your original question.

It depends what level of maths you are finding the most challenging. Developing an understanding of the first year mathematics is different from the second year mathematics which has a more applied feel (in engineering at least), and third year and so on.

Assuming you are at university, my bestest advice - is to work hard at each problem - get stuck - then speak to lecturers or tutors (if any are provided by the university). I tend to find that textbooks for engineering mathematics are really laborious to read, I've never found one that teaches mathematics in a concise readable, enjoyable fashion - and I've pawed through quite a few.

Sorry to be so useless for ya :(

Lantree's picture

These sorts of things are useful Stephen, so please keep posting.

StephenWade's picture

I plan to! I've got a massive workload at the moment, when that's cleared up - I'll work on some very interesting articles (or so I hope!)

Anonymous's picture

The ebooks aren't really meant to match the print book (since they need to "reflow" for different screen sizes - ), though if you view the PDF version in Adobe Reader it will match the print version.