This brilliant new text by John Straub (Boston University) is designed to bridge the “mathematics knowledge gap” between what is commonly known by students after completing a year of introductory calculus, and what is required for success in the physical sciences and in physical chemistry courses. Key concepts from the introductory calculus sequence are reviewed and carefully selected topics in multivariate calculus, probability and statistics, ordinary differential equations, and linear algebra are explored. Additional chapters cover advanced topics, including partial differential equations, Fourier analysis, and group theory. Engaging narratives, fully worked examples, hundreds of colourful visualizations, and ample end-of-chapter problems with complete answers combine to make this stunning new text an excellent choice for a one-semester course on mathematical methods, as a supplement for courses in physical chemistry, or as a self-study guide. Ancillaries for adopting faculty include in-class worksheets, sample exams, and an answer manual.
- Abundant end-of-chapter exercises, including three difficulty levels, with answers at the back of the book
- Ample worked examples throughout, with clearly explained steps to guide problem solving
- Reviews of all basic introductory calculus concepts before the introduction of new topics
- Over 400 original color figures to help visualize problem solving and interpretation of results
- Margin notes offering historical context and additional mathematical details
- Key ancillaries including in-class worksheets, sample exams, and an answer guide for adopting instructors