Mathematical Aspects of Seismology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483227856, 9781483274973

Mathematical Aspects of Seismology

1st Edition

Developments in Solid Earth Geophysics

Authors: Markus Båth
eBook ISBN: 9781483274973
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st January 1968
Page Count: 428
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Developments in Solid Earth Geophysics, 4: Mathematical Aspects of Seismology introduces studies of the more advanced parts of theoretical seismology.

The manuscript first ponders on contour integration and conformal transformation, methods of stationary phase and steepest descent, and series integration. Discussions focus on Love waves in heterogeneous isotropic media, Laguerre's differential equation, Hermite's differential equation, method of steepest descent, method of stationary phase, contour integration in the complex plane, and conformal transformation. The text then examines series integration, Bessel functions, Legendre functions, and wave equations. Topics include general considerations of the wave equation, expansion of a spherical wave into plane waves, common features of special functions and special differential equations, applications of Legendre functions, Legendre polynomials, Bessel's differential equation, and properties of Bessel coefficients. The book explores the influence of gravity on wave propagation, matrix calculus, wave propagation in liquid media, integral equations, calculus of variations, and integral transforms.

The text is a valuable source of data for researchers wanting to study the mathematical aspects of seismology.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics

1.2 Coordinate Transformations

1.3 The Gamma and Beta Functions

Part I. Integration Methods

Chapter 2. Contour Integration and Conformal Transformation

2.1 Contour Integration in the Complex Plane

2.2 Conformal Transformation

Chapter 3. Methods of Stationary Phase and of Steepest Descent

3.1 Method of Stationary Phase (or Principle of Stationary Phase)

3.2 Method of Steepest Descent

3.3 The Airy Integral

Chapter 4. Series Integration

4.1 Fundamental Concepts

4.2 Legendre's Differential Equation

4.3 Bessel's Differential Equation

4.4 Hermite's Differential Equation

4.5 Laguerre's Differential Equation

4.6 Gauss' (Hypergeometric) Differential Equation—Whittaker's Functions

4.7 Love Waves in Heterogeneous Isotropic Media

Part II. Special Functions

Chapter 5. Bessel Functions

5.1 Origin of Bessel Functions

5.2 Properties of Bessel Coefficients

5.3 Related Bessel Functions

5.4 Applications of Bessel and Hankel Functions

Chapter 6. Legendre Functions

6.1 Legendre Polynomials

6.2 Legendre Functions

6.3 Applications of Legendre Functions

Chapter 7. The Wave Equation

7.1 General Considerations of the Wave Equation

7.2 Solution of the Space Form of the Wave Equation

7.3 Expansion of a Spherical Wave into Plane Waves: Sommerfeld's Integral

7.4 Kirchhoff's Solution of the Wave Equation



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