A Course in Pure Mathematics (Unibooks) by Margaret Gow

By Margaret Gow

For college students interpreting arithmetic, both as a part of a basic measure or as an ancilliary path for an Honours measure, the topic might be offered in as undemanding a manners as is in line with a reasonable general of rigour. This direction in algebra, co-ordinate geometry and calculus is designed to fulfil those requisites for college kids at Universities, Polytechnics and faculties of expertise. The publication includes 350 labored examples and 1550 perform examples chosen generally from collage exam papers. The perform examples were conscientiously graded and a few tricks are given with the solutions in order that the booklet can be used for personal examine in addition to for sophistication paintings.

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