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Orchard Publications specializes in the publication of Science and Technology related texts.

What is so special about your texts?

What is your policy on desk copies and free examination (review) copies to professors?

Where can I find more information on the content of your texts?

Do you offer discounts to college / university libraries?

What is MATLAB®, Simulink®, and Stateflow® and who uses them?

Most of your texts are MATLAB-based, but only one Simulink-based. Any plans to publish more Simulink-based books?

Do you provide a solutions manual with each of your texts?

Can I buy one or more of your titles directly from you?


Q.   What is so special about your texts?

A.   Our texts are written with the average student in mind, for working professionals, those preparing for professional engineering registration, and those wishing to learn the subject in a self-study environment and practice with real-world examples using the latest Student Version of MATLAB which, as you may know, has become the standard application for math, science, and engineering advanced computations.

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Q.   What is your policy on desk copies and free examination (review) copies to professors?

A.   As indicated in our home page, our texts are the alternative to high-priced textbooks published by others, and are aimed at students, working professionals, and academic libraries. We are delighted when our texts are adopted for relevant courses, and when this occurs, we gladly provide professors and part-time instructors with a desk copy free of charge whenever we receive an order from the college / university bookstore for adopted texts. However, to contain our expenses and keep our prices as low as possible, we no longer send out free examination copies. We receive many requests for free examination copies including those from overseas, and in many instances the requests are for a copy of each of our publications. We cannot afford that kind of free distribution while maintaining these low retail prices, and have decided that we will make no exceptions.
Please refer also to the next Q/A below.



Q.   Where can I find more information on the content of your texts?

A.   You can find a considerable amount of information on Amazon's "Search Inside" feature. There you will find the complete Table of Contents, the entire Index, and sample pages from some chapters. You can also review the excerpts for each of our titles in our home page. Most importantly, read what others are saying about our texts in our home page and Amazon.com. Contact us for additional information.



Q.   Do you offer discounts to college / university libraries?

A.   Yes. However, several college / university libraries prefer to purchase our titles from Baker and Taylor, a large book wholesaler.



Q.   What is MATLAB®, Simulink®, and Stateflow® and who uses them?

A.   MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) is an interactive system for numerical computations. It is widely used internationally in academia and industry. It was introduced in 1978 in Fortran version. A later version known as MATLAB 1 was rewritten in C language. MATLAB 2, released in 1985, added more commands and functions. MATLAB 3 was released in 1987 with a faster interpreter and color, high resolution graphics. MATLAB 4, released in 1992, was a major upgrade with the inclusion of sparse matrices, animation, and visualization. MATLAB 5, released in 1997, added object-oriented programming, multidimensional arrays, additional sparse linear algebra, and new ordinary differential equation solvers. Partial differential equations and Java support were added in MATLAB 6 (R12) in 2000. MATLAB 6.5 (R13), released in 2002, incorporated more linear functions and faster computations. The latest release, MATLAB 7.0 (R14) added nested functions, publishing M-files to HTML, and enchanced plot annotations.

Toolboxes are collections of function MATLAB files that solve problems in specific disciplines. For instance, the Control System Toolbox solves control system problems, the Image Processing Toolbox solves image processing problems, and so on.

All MATLAB examples and exercises in our texts can be performed with the MATLAB & Simulink Student Version which includes MATLAB, Simulink, and key functions of the Symbolic Math Toolbox. Companion products are also available and these are listed in http://www.mathworks.com/academia/student_version/companion.html

Simulink, part of the MATLAB environment, is an interactive computing software package for analyzing and simulating differential equations, mathematical models, and dynamic systems. It is a graphical mouse-driven program that allows us to develop and manipulate block diagrams for linear, non-linear, continuous-time, discrete-time, and hybrid systems. Its main feature is the "click-and-drag" mouse-based operations.

Stateflow is an interactive design and simulation tool for event-driven systems. Stateflow provides the language elements required to describe complex logic in a natural, readable, and understandable form. It is tightly integrated with MATLAB and Simulink providing an efficient environment for designing embedded systems that contain control, supervisory, and mode logic.

Blocksets are built-in blocks in Simulink that provide a comprehensive block library for different system components.

A Service Pack is a collection of bug fixes, features, and Web releases made since the last general release, captured in a full media set.



Q.   Most of your texts are MATLAB-based, but only one Simulink-based. Any plans to publish more Simulink-based books?

A. Definitely.   Our first Simulink-based title is an introduction to Simulink. We plan to publish Simulink-based titles on SimPower Systems, Digital Signal Processing, and Control Systems. Please visit our main site often for new information.



Q.   Do you provide a solutions manual with each of your texts?

A. Detailed solutions for all end-of-chapter exercises are included in all of our texts with the following advice:

Dear Reader:

The remaining pages on this chapter contain answers to the multiple-choice questions and solutions to the exercises. You must, for your benefit, make an honest effort to answer the multiple-choice questions when applicable, and solve the problems without first looking at the solutions that follow. It is recommended that first you go through and answer those you feel that you know. For the multiple-choice questions and problems that you are uncertain, review this chapter and try again. If your answers to the problems do not agree with those provided, look over your procedures for inconsistencies and computational errors. Refer to the solutions as a last resort and rework those problems at a later date. You should follow this practice for the end-of-chapter exercises in all chapters of this book.



Q.   Can I buy one or more of your titles directly from you?

A.   To devote our resources on publishing more academic titles, we prefer that you purchase our titles from Amazon.com and other chain and independent booksellers, often at a discount.






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