Schaum’s Outline of Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables, Fifth Edition
Book PrefaceSchaum’s Outline of Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables, Fifth Edition
This handbook supplies a collection of mathematical formulas and tables which will be valuable to students and research workers in the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, and other sciences. Care has been taken to include only those formulas and tables which are most likely to be needed in practice, rather than highly specialized results which are rarely used. It is a “user-friendly” handbook with material mostly rooted in university mathematics and scientific courses. In fact, the first edition can already be found in many libraries and offices, and it most likely has moved with the owners from office to office since their college times. Thus, this handbook has survived the test of time (while most other college texts have been thrown away).
This new edition maintains the same spirit as previous editions, with the following changes. First of all, we have deleted some out-of-date tables which can now be easily obtained from a simple calculator, and we have deleted some rarely used formulas. The main change is that sections on Probability and Random Variables have been expanded with new material. These sections appear in both the physical and social sciences, including education. There are also two new sections: Section XIII on Turing Machines and Section XIV on Mathematical Finance.
Topics covered range from elementary to advanced. Elementary topics include those from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, probability and statistics, and calculus. Advanced topics include those from differential equations, numerical analysis, and vector analysis, such as Fourier series, gamma and beta functions, Bessel and Legendre functions, Fourier and Laplace transforms, and elliptic and other special functions of importance. This wide coverage of topics has been adopted to provide, within a single volume, most of the important mathematical results needed by student and research workers, regardless of their particular field of interest or level of attainment.
The book is divided into two main parts. Part A presents mathematical formulas together with other material, such as definitions, theorems, graphs, diagrams, etc., essential for proper understanding and application of the formulas. Part B presents the numerical tables. These tables include basic statistical distributions (normal, Student’s t, chi-square, etc.), advanced functions (Bessel, Legendre, elliptic, etc.), and financial functions (compound and present value of an amount, and annuity).
McGraw-Hill Education wishes to thank the various authors and publishers—for example, the Literary Executor of the late Sir Ronald A. Fisher, F.R.S., Dr. Frank Yates, F.R.S., and Oliver and Boyd Ltd., Edinburgh, for Table III of their book Statistical Tables for Biological, Agricultural and Medical Research—who gave their permission to adapt data from their books for use in several tables in this handbook. Appropriate references to such sources are given below the corresponding tables. Finally, I wish to thank the staff of McGraw-Hill Education Schaum’s Outline Series, especially Diane Grayson, for their unfailing cooperation.
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