Engineering Mathematics: YouTube Workbook

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The ebook "Engineering Mathematics: YouTube Workbook” takes learning to a new level by combining free written lessons with free online video tutorials.
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“With more than a million YouTube hits, Dr Chris Tisdell is the equivalent of a best-selling author or chart-topping musician. And the unlikely subject of this mass popularity? University mathematics.” [Sydney Morning Herald, 14/6/2012].



"Free ebooks + free videos = better education" is the equation that describes this book's commitment to free and open education across the globe. Download the book and discover free video lessons on the Author's YouTube channel.

"Engineering Mathematics: YouTube Workbook” takes learning to a new level by combining free written lessons with free online video tutorials. Each section within the workbook is linked to a video lesson on YouTube where the author discusses and solves problems step-by-step.

The combination of written text with interactive video offers a high degree of learning flexibility by enabling the student to take control of the pace of their learning delivery. For example, key mathematical concepts can be reinforced or more deeply considered by rewinding or pausing the video. Due to these learning materials being freely available online, students can access them at a time and geographical location that suits their needs.

Author, Dr Chris Tisdell, is a mathematician at UNSW, Sydney and a YouTube Partner in Education. He is passionate about free educational resources. Chris' YouTube mathematics videos have enjoyed a truly global reach, being seen by learners in every country on earth.

How to use this workbook

This workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the author's free online video tutorials. Inside this workbook each chapter is divided into learning modules (subsections), each having its own dedicated video tutorial.

View the online video via the hyperlink located at the top of the page of each learning module, with workbook and paper / tablet at the ready. Or click on the Engineering Mathematics YouTube Workbook playlist where all the videos for the workbook are located in chronological order:

Engineering Mathematics YouTube Workbook Playlist

While watching each video, fill in the spaces provided after each example in the workbook and annotate to the associated text.

You can also access the above via the author's YouTube channel Dr Chris Tisdell's YouTube Channel

The delivery method for each learning module in the workbook is as follows:

  1. Briefly motivate the topic under consideration;
  2. Carefully discuss a concrete example;
  3. Mention how the ideas generalize;
  4. Provide a few exercises (with answers) for the reader to try.

Incorporating YouTube as an educational tool means enhanced eLearning benefits, for example, the student can easily control the delivery of learning by pausing, rewinding (or fast-forwarding) the video as needed.

The subject material is based on the author's lectures to engineering students at UNSW, Sydney. The style is informal. It is anticipated that most readers will use this workbook as a revision tool and have their own set of problems to solve -- this is one reason why the number of exercises herein are limited.

Two semesters of calculus is an essential prerequisite for anyone using this workbook.

How to use this workbook

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  1. Partial derivatives & applications
    1. Partial derivatives & partial differential equations
    2. Partial derivatives & chain rule
    3. Taylor polynomial approximations: two variables
    4. Error estimation
    5. Differentiate under integral signs: Leibniz rule
  2. Some max/min problems for multivariable functions
    1. How to determine & classify critical points
    2. More on determining & classifying critical points
    3. The method of Lagrange multipliers
    4. Another example on Lagrange multipliers
    5. More on Lagrange multipliers: 2 constraints
  3. A glimpse at vector calculus
    1. Vector functions of one variable
    2. The gradient field of a function
    3. The divergence of a vector field
    4. The curl of a vector field
    5. Introduction to line integrals
    6. More on line integrals
    7. Fundamental theorem of line integrals
    8. Flux in the plane + line integrals
  4. Double integrals and applications
    1. How to integrate over rectangles
    2. Double integrals over general regions
    3. How to reverse the order of integration
    4. How to determine area of 2D shapes
    5. Double integrals in polar co-ordinates
    6. More on integration & polar co-ordinates
  5. Ordinary differential equations
    1. Separable differential equations
    2. Linear, first–order differential equations
    3. Homogeneous, first–order ODEs
    4. 2nd–order linear ordinary differential equations
    5. Nonhomogeneous differential equations
    6. Variation of constants / parameters
  6. Laplace transforms and applications
    1. Introduction to the Laplace transform
    2. Laplace transforms + the first shifting theorem
    3. Laplace transforms + the 2nd shifting theorem
    4. Laplace transforms + differential equations
  7. Fourier series
    1. Introduction to Fourier series
    2. Odd + even functions + Fourier series
    3. More on Fourier series
    4. Applications of Fourier series to ODEs
  8. PDEs & separation of variables
    1. Deriving the heat equation
    2. Heat equation & separation of variables
    3. Heat equation & Fourier series
    4. Wave equation and Fourier series
  9. Bibliography
So helpful! This book helped me a lot, it's easy to follow and provides a big set of examples with youtube videos. It's really clear and makes Math easier to understand! Thank you Dr. Tisdell!
1. mars 2016 kl. 16.49
It has everything that any university student would need in their research.... THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
18. mars 2015 kl. 06.18
I think it is a really good book for me as a student when I research. Also, it is really useful for every student.
25. oktober 2013 kl. 06.38
Best of its kind but should contain simpler examples
8. oktober 2013 kl. 16.38
Ein super Buch für zwischendurch! Mit Hilfe der Videos gelingt es innerhalb von wenigen Minuten den Stoff nahezu selbstständig zu erarbeiten. Leider gibt es kein Video zu Kapitel 9 - alles andere ist seine 5 Sterne wert!
11. juni 2013 kl. 17.34
very good when it comes to tackling technical problems
26. mars 2013 kl. 14.32
AWESOME, it covers the sufficient amount of subject areas than I expected. And yeah YOUTUBE VIDEOS, <<--- PURE AWESOME
11. mars 2013 kl. 08.03
It was an amazingly useful textbook. I was doing Engineering Maths at the time and the way that Dr Tisdell explained the concepts was a breath of fresh air from the hour long lecture format. It was a great way to understand the concepts. Definitely passed the subject with a lot less effort because of this textbook than I would have otherwise.
26. september 2012 kl. 11.09
Dr Tisdell's book is an amzaing step into bridging the gap between classroom and out of class learning. His book not only explains the concepts extremely well, but has many examples related directly to the work, which he steps through in the videos which accompany the book. His enthusiasm and great personality also really help students like myself connect with him, making the maths a lot more fun. The book could easily be sold for a fee, and if it was printed in real life, it would be more informative to students than half the textbooks out there on the market currently.
25. september 2012 kl. 10.33
19. september 2012 kl. 13.56
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