Mathematical Methods
For Students of Physics and Related Fields
Authors: Hassani, Sadri
 Includes many original, lucid, and relevant examples from the physical sciences, problems at the ends of chapters, and boxes to emphasize important concepts
 Broad scope will be useful for students across a wide range of fields such as physics, engineering, and mathematics
 Substantially revised edition features new sections on Tensors, Integral Transforms, Calculus of Variations, and Probability Theory
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Intended to follow the usual introductory physics courses, this book has the unique feature of addressing the mathematical needs of sophomores and juniors in physics, engineering and other related fields. Many original, lucid, and relevant examples from the physical sciences, problems at the ends of chapters, and boxes to emphasize important concepts help guide the student through the material.
Beginning with reviews of vector algebra and differential and integral calculus, the book continues with infinite series, vector analysis, complex algebra and analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations. Discussions of numerical analysis, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, and the Dirac delta function provide an introduction to modern topics in mathematical physics.
This new edition has been made more userfriendly through organization into convenient, shorter chapters. Also, it includes an entirely new section on Probability and plenty of new material on tensors and integral transforms.
Some praise for the previous edition:
"The book has many strengths. For example: Each chapter starts with a preamble that puts the chapters in context. Often, the author uses physical examples to motivate definitions, illustrate relationships, or culminate the development of particular mathematical strands. The use of Maxwell's equations to cap the presentation of vector calculus, a discussion that includes some tidbits about what led Maxwell to the displacement current, is a particularly enjoyable example. Historical touches like this are not isolated cases; the book includes a large number of notes on people and ideas, subtly reminding the student that science and mathematics are continuing and fascinating human activities."
Physics Today
"Very well written (i.e., extremely readable), very well targeted (mainly to an average student of physics at a point of just leaving his/her sophomore level) and very well concentrated (to an author's apparently beloved subject of PDE's with applications and with all their necessary pedagogicallymathematical background)...The main merits of the text are its clarity (achieved via returns and innovations of the context), balance (building the subject step by step) and originality (recollect: the existence of the complex numbers is only admitted far in the second half of the text!). Last but not least, the student reader is impressed by the graphical quality of the text (figures first of all, but also boxes with the essentials, summarizing comments in the left column etc.)...Summarizing: Well done."
Zentralblatt MATH
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From the reviews of the second edition:
"The book has many strengths. For example: Each chapter starts with a preamble that puts the chapters in context. Often, the author uses physical examples to motivate definitions, illustrate relationships, or culminate the development of particular mathematical strands. The use of Maxwell's equations to cap the presentation of vector calculus, a discussion that includes some tidbits about what led Maxwell to the displacement current, is a particularly enjoyable example. Historical touches like this are not isolated cases; the book includes a large number of notes on people and ideas, subtly reminding the student that science and mathematics are continuing and fascinating human activities." Physics Today
"Very well written (i.e., extremely readable), very well targeted (mainly to an average student of physics at a point of just leaving his/her sophomore level) and very well concentrated (to an author's apparently beloved subject of PDE's with applications and with all their necessary pedagogicallymathematical background)...The main merits of the text are its clarity (achieved via returns and innovations of the context), balance (building the subject step by step) and originality (recollect: the existence of the complex numbers is only admitted far in the second half of the text!). Last but not least, the student reader is impressed by the graphical quality of the text (figures first of all, but also boxes with the essentials, summarizing comments in the left column etc.)...Summarizing: Well done." Zentralblatt MATH
"This new edition … of Mathematical Methods is designed to be used in an upperdivision undergraduate course for physics and engineering majors. … The order of presentation is particularly good. … An additional strength of the book is the inclusion of chapters on nonlinear dynamics and probability. These chapters give a good introduction to chaos theory and the basic concepts of probability for beginning statistical mechanics students. … Overall, the volume is well written … . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upperdivision undergraduates." (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)
"The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive survey of the mathematics underlying theoretical physics at the level of graduate students entering research … . It is also intended to serve the research scientist or engineer who needs a quick refresher course in the subject … . This volume is intended to help bridge the wide gap separating the level of mathematical sophistication expected of students of introductory physics from that expected of students of advanced courses of undergraduate physics and engineering." (TeodoraLiliana Radulescu, Zentrablatt MATH, Vol. 1153, 2009)
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 Bibliographic Information

 Book Title
 Mathematical Methods
 Book Subtitle
 For Students of Physics and Related Fields
 Authors

 Sadri Hassani
 Copyright
 2009
 Publisher
 SpringerVerlag New York
 Copyright Holder
 SpringerVerlag New York
 Distribution Rights
 Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India
 eBook ISBN
 9780387095042
 DOI
 10.1007/9780387095042
 Hardcover ISBN
 9780387095035
 Softcover ISBN
 9781493937127
 Edition Number
 2
 Number of Pages
 XXIII, 832
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