Science for Engineering

4th Edition

By John Bird

Routledge – 2012 – 472 pages

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    April 24th 2012


Science for Engineering offers an introductory textbook for students of engineering science and assumes no prior background in engineering. John Bird focuses upon examples rather than theory, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of engineering systems in terms of the basic laws and principles. This book includes over 580 worked examples, 1300 further problems, 425 multiple choice questions (with answers), and contains sections covering the mathematics that students will require within their engineering studies, mechanical applications, electrical applications and engineering systems.

This new edition of Science for Engineering covers the fundamental scientific knowledge that all trainee engineers must acquire in order to pass their exams. It has also been brought fully in line with the compulsory science and mathematics units in the new engineering course specifications.

Supported by free lecturer materials that can be found at www.routledge/cw/bird This resource includes full worked solutions of all 1300 of the further problems for lecturers/instructors use, and the full solutions and marking scheme for the fifteen revision tests. In addition, all illustrations will be available for downloading.


'This book is 'user friendly', easy to read, with plenty of examples, applications and useful questions. Bird's books never fail to please.' Kevin Corner, South Tyneside College

'Plenty of worked examples set in context.' Margaret Hibbs, University of Teesside

'Clearly explained processes and methods, good engineering examples and plenty of exercises.' John Clare, Stafford College

'This book gives good worked examples, which are well explained with a solid grounding on the basics.' Andrew Wylie, City of Glasgow College

'Well laid out with many worked examples and other examples. Mathematic subjects are broken down into easily readable sections.' Robert Golding, Cambridge Regional College

'The book's strengths include the clear and logical layout and the comprehensive content. Combining a maths and science text book together makes good sense.' Peter Carroll, Birmingham City University

'Very good layout, with easy to follow examples.' Tony Reece, Wigan and Leigh College

'An excellent text with many good examples and exercises that address the syllabus.' Glynn Baldwin, Shrewsbury College


Preface 1. Basic Arithmetic 2. Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 3. Indices and Standard Form 4. Calculations and evaluation of formulae 5. Algebra 6. Simple Equations 7. Transposition of Formulae 8. Simultaneous Equations 9. Straight-line Graphs 10. Trigonometry 11. Area of Plane Figures 12. The Circle 13. Volumes of Common Solids 14. SI Units and Density 15. Atomic Structure of Matter 16. Speed and Velocity 17. Acceleration 18. Force, Mass and Acceleration 19. Forces Acting at a Point 20. Work, Energy and Power 21. Simply Supported Beams 22. Linear and Angular Motion 23. Friction 24. Simple Machines 25. The Effects of Forces on Materials 26. Linear Momentum and Impulse 27. Torque 28. Pressure in Fluids 29. Heat Energy and Transfer 30. Thermal Expansion 31. Ideal Gas Laws 32. The Measurement of Temperature 33. An Introduction to Electric Circuits 34. Resistance Variation 35. Chemical Effects of Electricity 36. Series and Parallel Networks 37. Kirchoff’s laws 38. Electromagnetism 39. Electromagnetic Induction 40. Alternating Voltages and Currents 41. Capacitors and Inductors 42. Electrical measuring instruments and Measurements 43. Introduction to Engineering Systems. List of Main Formulae. Answers to Exercises. Index


Welcome to the companion website to John Bird’s Science for Engineering. This website provides lecturers with all of the worked solutions to both the revision tests and every exercise in the textbook, making planning lessons and setting homework easier. In addition to the 1300 full worked solutions there are also downloadable illustrations from the book to use at your convenience.