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Mathematical Physics: Applied Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers (Physics Textbook) [Paperback]

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What sets this volume apart from other mathematics texts is its emphasis on mathematical tools commonly used by scientists and engineers to solve real-world problems. Using a unique approach, it covers intermediate and advanced material in a manner appropriate for undergraduate students. Based on author Bruce Kusse's course at the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, Mathematical Physics begins with essentials such as vector and tensor algebra, curvilinear coordinate systems, complex variables, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms, differential and integral equations, and solutions to Laplace's equations. The book moves on to explain complex topics that often fall through the cracks in undergraduate programs, including the Dirac delta-function, multivalued complex functions using branch cuts, branch points and Riemann sheets, contravariant and covariant tensors, and an introduction to group theory. This expanded second edition contains a new appendix on the calculus of variation -- a valuable addition to the already superb collection of topics on offer.
This is an ideal text for upper-level undergraduates in physics, applied physics, physical chemistry, biophysics, and all areas of engineering. It allows physics professors to prepare students for a wide range of employment in science and engineering and makes an excellent reference for scientists and engineers in industry. Worked out examples appear throughout the book and exercises follow every chapter. Solutions to the odd-numbered exercises are available for lecturers at

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Pages   678
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   2.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 24, 2006
Publisher   Wiley-VCH
ISBN  3527406727  
ISBN13  9783527406722  

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This book is not the best one there is  Mar 6, 2008
A fine book in terms of coverage but a few words of caution. If you are a person who might get confused by strange notation, then this book is definitely not for you. However, the book covers a wide variety of topics at a superficial level which is suitable for students learning mathematical physics for the first time. The discussion on the Green functions is very illuminating and the authors also spend a lot of time in Fourier/Laplace transforms. The exercises at the end of each chapter are also good for practice (another heads-up here, there are some places where the questions are either vague or do not make sense but the authors compensate with the errata list. Hope the book is updated by the next edition)
Mathematical Physics: A Good Elementary Text in Applied Mathematics  Oct 1, 2007
This book is fantastic. It is a good introduction to many fundamental mathematical techniques used in physical sciences and engineering. The material is a must-know for all undergraduates in physical sciences and engineering. It's clear diagrams, step-by-step proofs, coupled with lecture-style explanations, make it easy for independent reading and understanding.
mostly for physics majors  Jun 26, 2006
For those of you who love maths and physics, this book will be a pleasure to read. It teach you the maths needed for much of physics. The title might be a trifle misleading though. A substantial portion of the maths is unlikely to be used by the typical engineer or chemist. Like the use of contravariant and covariant vectors. Mostly used just in physics. Outside physics, the only context that springs to mind is if you are an engineer involved with coding GPS applications that require Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.

But, ok, much of the maths could be apropos to fields outside physics. The use of contour integrals and residues comes to mind. A beautiful and powerful idea that should be learnt by anyone who has to deal with complex integrals.

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