ISBN 9781107643529,Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences

Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9781107643529

ISBN-10 110764352X

Paper Back

Number of Pages 846 Pages
Language (English)

Physical Sciences

The mathematical methods that physical scientists need for solving substantial problems in their fields of study are set out clearly and simply in this tutorial-style textbook. Students will develop problem-solving skills through hundreds of worked examples, self-test questions and homework problems. Each chapter concludes with a summary of the main procedures and results and all assumed prior knowledge is summarized in one of the appendices.

Over 300 worked examples show how to use the techniques and around 100 self-test questions in the footnotes act as checkpoints to build student confidence. Nearly 400 end-of-chapter problems combine ideas from the chapter to reinforce the concepts. Hints and outline answers to the odd-numbered problems are given at the end of each chapter, with fully-worked solutions to these problems given in the accompanying Student Solutions Manual. Fully-worked solutions to all problems, password-protected for instructors, are available at

Table Of Contents
1. Matrices and vector spaces
2. Vector calculus
3. Line, surface and volume integrals
4. Fourier series
5. Integral transforms
6. Higher-order ODEs
7. Series solutions of ODEs
8. Eigenfunction methods
9. Special functions
10. Partial differential equations
11. Solution methods for PDEs
12. Calculus of variations
13. Integral equations
14. Complex variables
15. Applications of complex variables
16. Probability
17. Statistics