Clearly and elegantly presented, Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering provides a coherent treatment of mathematical methods, bringing advanced mathematical tools to a multidisciplinary audience. The growing interest in interdisciplinary studies has brought scientists from many disciplines such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, economics, and finance together, which has increased the demand for courses in upper–level mathematical techniques. This book succeeds in not only being tuned in to the existing practical needs of this multidisciplinary audience, but also plays a role in the development of new interdisciplinary science by introducing new techniques to students and researchers.
Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering′s modular structure affords instructors enough flexibility to use this book for several different advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses. Each chapter serves as a review of its subject and can be read independently, thus it also serves as a valuable reference and refresher for scientists and beginning researchers.
There are a growing number of research areas in applied sciences, such as earthquakes, rupture, financial markets, and crashes, that employ the techniques of fractional calculus and path integrals. The book′s two unique chapters on these subjects, written in a style that makes these advanced techniques accessible to a multidisciplinary audience, are an indispensable tool for researchers and instructors who want to add something new to their compulsory courses.
Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering includes:
- Comprehensive chapters on coordinates and tensors and on continuous groups and their representations
- An emphasis on physical motivation and the multidisciplinary nature of the methods discussed
- A coherent treatment of carefully selected topics in a style that makes advanced mathematical tools accessible to a multidisciplinary audience
- Exercises at the end of every chapter and plentiful examples throughout the book
Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering is not only appropriate as a text for advanced undergraduate and graduate physics programs, but is also appropriate for engineering science and mechanical engineering departments due to its unique chapter coverage and easily accessible style. Readers are expected to be familiar with topics typically covered in the first three years of science and engineering undergraduate programs. Thoroughly class–tested, this book has been used in classes by more than 1,000 students over the past eighteen years.
1. Nature and Mathematics 1
2. Legendre Equation and Polynomials 9
3. Laguerre Polynomials 43
4. Hermite Polynomials 57
5. Gegenbauer and Chebyshev Polynomials 71
6. Bessel Functions 83
7. Gauss Equation and its Solutions 99
8. Sturm–Liouville Theory 107
9. Sturm–Liouville Systems anad the Factorization Method 121
10. Coordinates and Tensors 163
11. Continuous Group and Representations 223
12. Complex Variables and Functions 293
13. Complex Integrals and Series 335
14. Fractional Derivatives and Integrals: "Differintegrals" 379
15. Infinite Series 431
16. Integral Transforms 477
17. Variational Analysis 517
18. Integral Equations 547
19. Green′s Functions 567
20. Green′s Functions and Path Integrals 633
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