## Description

*Mathematical Physics with Partial Differential Equations *is for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students taking a course on mathematical physics taught out of math departments. The text presents some of the most important topics and methods of mathematical physics. The premise is to study in detail the three most important partial differential equations in the field – the heat equation, the wave equation, and Laplace’s equation. The most common techniques of solving such equations are developed in this book, including *Green’s functions*, *the Fourier transform*, and *the Laplace transform*, which all have applications in mathematics and physics far beyond solving the above equations. The book’s focus is on both the equations and their methods of solution. Ordinary differential equations and PDEs are solved including Bessel Functions, making the book useful as a graduate level textbook. The book’s rigor supports the vital sophistication for someone wanting to continue further in areas of mathematical physics.

### Key Features

- Examines in depth both the equations and their methods of solution
- Presents physical concepts in a mathematical framework
- Contains detailed mathematical derivations and solutions— reinforcing the material through repetition of both the equations and the techniques
- Includes several examples solved by multiple methods—highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of various techniques and providing additional practice

### Readership

Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Instructors, Academic Researchers in University Mathematics Departments

## Table of Contents

- Preface
- Chapter 1. Preliminaries
- 1-1. Self-Adjoint Operators
- 1-2. Curvilinear Coordinates
- 1-3. Approximate Identities and the Dirac-δ Function
- 1-4. The Issue of Convergence
- 1-5. Some Important Integration Formulas
- Chapter 2. Vector Calculus
- 2-1. Vector Integration
- 2-2. Divergence and Curl
- 2-3. Green’s Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and Stokes’ Theorem
- Chapter 3. Green’s Functions
- 3-1. Construction of Green’s Function using the Dirac-δ Function
- 3-2. Construction of Green’s Function using Variation of Parameters
- 3-3. Construction of Green’s Function from Eigenfunctions
- 3-4. More General Boundary Conditions
- 3-5. The Fredholm Alternative (Or, what if 0 is an Eigenvalue?)
- 3-6. Green’s function for the Laplacian in Higher Dimensions
- Chapter 4. Fourier Series
- 4-1. Basic Definitions
- 4-2. Methods of Convergence of Fourier Series
- 4-3. The Exponential Form of Fourier Series
- 4-4. Fourier Sine and Cosine Series
- 4-5. Double Fourier Series
- Chapter 5. Three Important Equations
- 5-1. Laplace’s Equation
- 5-2. Derivation of the Heat Equation in One Dimension
- 5-3. Derivation of the Wave equation in One Dimension
- 5-4. An Explicit Solution of the Wave Equation
- 5-5. Converting Second-Order PDEs to Standard Form
- Chapter 6. Sturm-Liouville Theory
- 6-1. The Self-Adjoint Property of a Sturm-Liouville Equation
- 6-2. Completeness of Eigenfunctions for Sturm-Liouville Equations
- 6-3. Uniform Convergence of Fourier Series
- Chapter 7. Separation of Variables in Cartesian Coordinates
- 7-1. Solving Laplace’s Equation on a Rectangle
- 7-2. Laplace’s Equation on a Cube

## Details

- No. of pages:
- 432

- Language:
- English

- Copyright:
- © 2013

- Published:
- 20th January 2012

- Imprint:
- Academic Press

- eBook ISBN:
- 9780123869944

- Print ISBN:
- 9780123869111

## About the author

### James Kirkwood

#### Affiliations and Expertise

## Reviews

*"The text presents some of the most important topics and methods of mathematical physics…The book’s rigor is appropriate for readers wanting to continue their study of further areas of mathematical physics."-- Zentralblatt MATH 2012-1235-35002*