Online Companion: Technical Mathematics, 3E
A Word from the Author
and standards have all contributed to this revision of my technical
Each time I used the previous editions, students would make helpful
comments and I have incorporated their suggestions.
I also heard from colleagues, both at Chattanooga
State Technical Community College and at other schools around the
country. Sometimes this would be informally when we were talking to
each other at conferences, such as the national AMATYC or MAA meetings,
or at various state and regional conferences. Other times they would
send more formal comments via e-mail. Again, I have tried to include
these suggestions in this revision.
Finally, the various standards have had a large influence on the development
of this new edition. I was actively involved in AMATYC’s National
Science Foundation funded project “Techincal Mathematics for
Tomorrow: Recommendations and Exemplary Programs” and have tried
to incorporate the many suggestions made in the project’s report
A Vision: Mathematics for the Emerging Technologies. Earlier
standards, AMATYC’s Crossroads, and NCTM’s, also have
had a great impact.
I want to hear from you. What changes would you like me to make in
the future? Is there anything that should be added, removed, or put
in a different order? Have you found any errors? Would you like some
additional resources added to this OnlineCompanion web site? Do you
have suggestions for additional projects or applications? Send your
suggestions to me at PetersonTechMath@comcast.net.
I look forward to hearing from you.
John C. Peterson