Synopses & Reviews
This essential new text by Dr. Susan Lea will help physics undergraduate and graduate student hone their mathematical skills. Ideal for the one-semester course, MATHEMATICS FOR PHYSICISTS has been extensively class-tested at San Francisco State University--and the response has been enthusiastic from students and instructors alike. Because physics students are often uncomfortable using the mathematical tools that they learned in their undergraduate courses, MATHEMATICS FOR PHYSICISTS provides students with the necessary tools to hone those skills. Lea designed the text specifically for physics students by using physics problems to teach mathematical concepts.
"I would use this text if available. In particular, I liked the choice and development of the examples in the text. This book reminds me in spirit of the famous three volume physics lectures by Feynman, Leighton, and Sands, which is still around. Professor Lea's subject matter is more advanced, and more mathematical, but the appeal to the student's intuition and the enthusiasm of the text are similar, and to my mind very positive for someone seeing this perhaps for the first time, or repairing an inadequate grasp of the material from a prior exposure. I hope it is clear that I am a fan of this text."
"The author is a very good writer; she explains difficult material well with good examples."
Often physics enthusiasts are not comfortable using the mathematical tools that they learn in school, and this book discusses the mathematics that physics professionals need to master. This book provides the necessary tools and shows how to use those tools specifically in physics problems.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 585-586) and index.
About the Author
Susan Lea, professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Francisco State University, has a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from Cambridge University (with an emphasis in theoretical physics), and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Table of Contents
1. Describing the Universe. 2. Complex Variables. 3. Differential Equations. 4. Fourier Series. 5. Laplace Transforms. 6. Generalized Functions in Physics. 7. Fourier Transforms. 8. The Sturm-Liouville Theory. Optional Topics. A. Tensors. B. Group Theory. C. Green's Functions. D. Approximate Evaluation of Integrals. E. Calculus of Variations. Bibliography. Appendices.