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    Hi just started my degree and looking for some vital help. Im looking to purchase some books and just wondered if anybody knew of any recommendations, looking for a good calculus book, algebra and discrete maths that will fit in with my degree, any help would be much appreciated.
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    (Original post by Braderz)
    Hi just started my degree and looking for some vital help. Im looking to purchase some books and just wondered if anybody knew of any recommendations, looking for a good calculus book, algebra and discrete maths that will fit in with my degree, any help would be much appreciated.
    theres plenty of books out there, but hard to choose the right 1's. for maths you MUST buy Engineering Mathematics, K.A Stroud. he covers all the topics includin calculus, algebra and discrtete maths and his style is by far the best and most study friendly book available. also which degree are you on?
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    (Original post by Peace0fM1nd)
    for maths you MUST buy Engineering Mathematics, K.A Stroud. he covers all the topics includin calculus, algebra and discrtete maths...
    From the look of the contents and index he covers all topics except Group theory, Number Theory, Set Theory, Analysis, or undergraduate level probability/stats, and something tells me that the linear algebra isn't going to be as rigorously introduced as will be expected for a maths degree.

    In other words I'm guessing Stroud's only going to do anything even approaching justice to the first year calculus course - which is only to be expected, since it is an Engineering maths textbook.

    OP, have a look at your university's various course syllabus. These should contain a full list of recommended texts for each course.
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    Stroud is a little lightweight for a Maths degree with very little rigour and proof. Some texts to consider include:

    Concise Introduction to pure mathematics by Libeck.
    Guide to Analysis by Hart
    Introductory Mathematics: Algebra & Anlysis by Smith
    Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists (Very good text but maybe a little challenging for 1st year undergraduates. Really helpful for Linear Algebra too.)
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    apologies, i didnt realise your on a maths degree.
 
 
 
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