Monday, May 07, 2007

Solution's manuals:

I have received requests for copies of the solution's manual to my textbook(s) from self-learners, not enrolled in a formal course. Well, I relinquished the copyright (c) of the solution's manual to the publisher back in 1998, so they control the distribution. Even if I could hand out copies, I don't think it is a good idea. The solution's manual is of negligible pedagogical value to a self-learner. It was conceived only as help to the "instructor of a class", not to be used by students learners as a supplement or complement to the textbook. In fact, a self learner will be best served by his/her efforts to solve problems at the end of the chapters w/o resource to solutions, checking to see if the solutions make sense using engineering judgment. In real life, and engineer must solve problems for which the solution does not exist.

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