The Physics Handbook. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2183458
  • Book
  • 535 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This compendium of physics covers the key equations and fundamental principles that are taught in graduate programs. It offers a succinct yet systematic treatment of all areas of physics, including mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, solid state physics, particle physics, statistical mechanics, and optics. In one complete, self–contained volume, author Charles P.n Poole, Jr. provides both review material for students preparing for Ph.D. qualifying examinations and a quick reference for physicists who need to brush up on basic topics or delve into areas outside their expertise.

The author devotes two chapters to regularly needed information such as trigonometric and vector identities, infinite series, Fourier Transforms, and special functions. The remaining chapters incorporate less frequently looked–up concepts, including, e.g., Lagrangians, parity, dispersion relations, chaos, free energies, statistical mechanical ensembles, and elementary particle classification. A brand new chapter on entanglement and quantum computing written by Professor Horacio A. Farach has been added to this second edition. The book is an indispensable resource for graduate students and physicists in industry and academia.
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1. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations

2. Central Forces

3. Rigid Bodies

4. Oscillations and Vibrations

5. Canonical Transformations

6. Non–Linear Dynamics and Chaos

7. Relativity

8. Thermodynamics

9. Statistical Mechanics and Distribution Functions

10. Electrostatics and Magnetostatics

11. Multipoles and Media

12. Relativistic Electrodynamics

13. Wave Propagation

14. Optics

15. Radiation

16. Collisions

17. Angular Momentum

18. Matrix Formulation of Quantum Mechanics

19. Schrödinger Equation

20. One–Dimensional Quantum Systems

21. Atoms

22. Perturbation Theory

23. Fluids and Solids

24. Conduction in Solids

25. Nuclei

26. Elementary Particles

27. Mathematical Physics: Tensors and Matrices

28. Mathematical Physics: Differential Equations and Orthogonal Functions

29. Entanglement and Quantum Computing

Bibliography

Index

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