It has been over twenty years since we published the first edition of this book. Over that period,
our original contention that numerical methods and computers would figure more
prominently in the engineering curriculum—particularly in the early parts—has been dramatically
borne out. Many universities now offer freshman, sophomore, and junior courses
in both introductory computing and numerical methods. In addition, many of our colleagues
are integrating computer-oriented problems into other courses at all levels of the
curriculum. Thus, this new edition is still founded on the basic premise that student engineers
should be provided with a strong and early introduction to numerical methods. Consequently,
although we have expanded our coverage in the new edition, we have tried to
maintain many of the features that made the first edition accessible to both lower- and
Instructors love Numerical Methods for Engineers because it makes teaching easy! Students love it because it is written for them--with clear explanations and examples throughout. The text features a broad array of applications that span all engineering disciplines.
The sixth edition retains the successful instructional techniques of earlier editions. Chapra and Canale's unique approach opens each part of the text with sections called Motivation, Mathematical Background, and Orientation. This prepares the student for upcoming problems in a motivating and engaging manner. Each part closes with an Epilogue containing Trade-Offs, Important Relationships and Formulas, and Advanced Methods and Additional References. Much more than a summary, the Epilogue deepens understanding of what has been learned and provides a peek into more advanced methods. Helpful separate Appendices. "Getting Started with MATLAB" abd "Getting Started with Mathcad" which make excellent references.
Numerous new or revised problems drawn from actual engineering practice, many of which are based on exciting new areas such as bioengineering. The expanded breadth of engineering disciplines covered is especially evident in the problems, which now cover such areas as biotechnology and biomedical engineering. Excellent new examples and case studies span asll areas of engineering disciplines; the students using this text will be able to apply their new skills to their chosen field.
Users will find use of software packages, specifically MATLAB®, Excel® with VBA and Mathcad®. This includes material on developing MATLAB® m-files and VBA macros.