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Daniel L. Hansen
This work is an applied mathematics book for the general reader who understands calculus. It contains a large collection of popular engineering problems, worked out completely, that should inform and entertain the reader. The mathematics used in this book includes elementary algebra, geometry, spherical trigonometry, calculus, and elementary differential equations. Several chapters use elementary statistics and probability. It is not a textbook, but it may be useful as supplementary reading in a high school or college-level class. The book begins with a chapter on units and dimensions and finishes with a chapter on mathematical models of the speed of a human runner. In between are twenty-two chapters tat discuss such diverse topics as towing icebergs, modeling growth and decay, scoring the Olympics, and falling dominoes. The author uses an engaging style that is both lighthearted and direct. I recommend this book to anyone interested in applied mathematics.— Mathematics Teacher
Overview
Although we seldom think of it, our lives are played out in a world of numbers. Such common activities as throwing baseballs, skipping rope, growing flowers, playing football, measuring savings accounts, and many others are inherently mathematical. So are more speculative problems that are simply fun to ponder in themselves--such as the best way to score Olympic events.
Here Robert Banks presents a wide range of musings, both practical and entertaining, that have intrigued him ...