Understanding Mathematics for Aircraft Navigation Paperback – Jun 13 2001
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Even with computers, the mathematics lives on...The book is a mix of data, historical information, and personal experiences... -- JournalNet, August 9, 2001
From the Back Cover
THE BOOK THAT SOLVES THE MYSTERIES OF NAVIGATION
Navigating is easier and safer when you truly understand how it works. This enjoyably readable, in-the-cockpit guide helps you build that base of understanding, without pain. Written by flight instructor/mathematician/computer expert/teacher James S. Wolper, Understanding Mathematics for Aircraft Navigation helps you handle and grasp every aspect of getting from here to there, determining where you are now, taking full advantage of today s sophisticated navigation equipment, and even using ancient celestial methods in an emergency. Even if you re math-phobic, Wolper has a way of making the principles of navigation so simple and interesting you'll wonder why no one ever presented them this way before. This book steers you from the celestial to the electronic with nary a hitch. Along the way, you ll build skills with geometry, chart-making, and long-distance flight planning, plus computer and instrument use. In the end, you'll have an unshakable foundation in navigation and will even be able to explain it to the unenlightened.
*Step-by-step narrative approach to navigation skills and judgment
*Complete introduction to magnetic compass use
*Flight planning including long distance fully explained
*Chart construction and use
*How-to s on GPS (and other navigation systems) plus how they work
*Memorable, time-saving rules of thumb
*In-your-head calculation tricks
*Complete discussion of the Earth s shape
*Perfect for beginning and advanced pilots
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN NAVIGATION, THIS BOOK CAN HELP YOU:
*Learn what you want to know painlessly
*Discover the fascinating origins of navigation in history and lore
*Grasp trigonometric principles
*Leverage your computer skills into powerful navigation tools"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
That being said, the mathematics in the book are not scary, I felt the author intentionally did not use anything more complicated than high school math (mostly simple trigonometry), which he also said in the beginning of the book. My math was quite average in high school, and never really dealt with it anymore in university, and it still did not take too much effort to understand most of the book. It did require some brain work to follow the calculations, though. The most mathematical part of the book is the second chapter, "Vectors and Spheres", where I had to skip some of the calculations. The book could have used a little more explanation in this part, but I must admit, had I not been a little lazy, I could have looked up the necessary knowledge in a couple of days.
I am the kind of person who likes to ask a lot of "why?" questions in my head, and this book gave me answers to a number of them.
I imagine the book could be equally interesting for math students, as it gives meaning to the numbers - something I missed a lot in mathematics. While to me it was definitely the first half of the book that contained most of the new things, to them it might be the other way round.
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