Mathematical Methods for Physicists

Mathematical Methods for Physicists

4th Edition - September 20, 1995

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  • Authors: George Arfken, Hans Weber
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288062

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This new and completely revised Fourth Edition provides thorough coverage of the important mathematics needed for upper-division and graduate study in physics and engineering. Following more than 28 years of successful class-testing, Mathematical Methods for Physicists is considered the standard text on the subject.A new chapter on nonlinear methods and chaos is included, as are revisions of the differential equations and complex variables chapters. The entire book has been made even more accessible, with special attention given to clarity, completeness, and physical motivation. It is an excellent reference apart from its course use.

Key Features

This revised Fourth Edition includes:
Modernized terminology
Group theoretic methods brought together and expanded in a new chapter
An entirely new chapter on nonlinear mathematical physics
Significant revisions of the differential equations and complex variables chapters
Many new or improved exercises
Forty new or improved figures
An update of computational techniques for today's contemporary tools, such as microcomputers, Numerical Recipes, and Mathematica(r), among others


Physical science students taking a mathematical course (senior, first year graduate level). This textbook also serves as reference work for professional scientists and graduate students.

Table of Contents

  • Vector Analysis. Vector Analysis in Curved Coordinates and Tensors. Determinants and Matrices. Group Theory. Infinite Series. Functions of a Complex Variable I: Analytic Properties Mapping. Functions of a Complex Variable II: Calculus of Residues. Differential Equations. Sturm-Liouville Theory--Orthogonal Functions. The Gamma Function (Factorial Function). Bessel Functions. Legendre Functions. Special Functions. Fourier Series. Integral Transforms. Integral Equations. Calculusof Variations. Nonlinear Methods and Chaos. Appendix I: Real Zeros of a Function. Appendix II: Gaussian Quadrature. General References. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1029
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1995
  • Published: September 20, 1995
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288062

About the Authors

George Arfken

Affiliations and Expertise

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Hans Weber

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Virginia, USA

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