### Numerical Methods for Engineers

Numerical methods have been used to solve mathematical expressions of engineering and scientific problems for at least 4000 years (for some historical discussion you may wish to browse theEthnomathematics Digital Libraryor theMacTutor History of Mathematics Archivefrom St. Andrews University).* Such methods apply numerical approximation in order to convert continuous mathematical problems (for example, determining the mechanical stress throughout a loaded truss) into systems of discrete equat...