Synopses & Reviews
In this book the author presents the theory and techniques underlying perturbation methods in a manner that will make the book widely appealing to readers in a broad range of disciplines. Methods of algebraic equations, asymptotic expansions, integrals, PDEs, strained coordinates, and multiple scales are illustrated by copious use of examples drawn from many areas of mathematics and physics. The philosophy adopted is that there is no single or best method for such problems, but that one may exploit the small parameter given some experience and understanding of similar perturbation problems. The author does not look to perturbation methods to give quantitative answers but rather uses them to give a physical understanding of the subtle balances in a complex problem.
Review
"...a suitable text book for a one semester graduate course in perturbation methods. It may also be used for self study by physicists who need to know more about perturbation methods for their work....a good starting point for those who wish to enlarge their knowledge of perturbation methods." Edward G. Harris, American Journal of Physics
Synopsis
A textbook presenting the theory and underlying techniques of perturbation methods in a manner suitable for senior undergraduates from a broad range of disciplines.
Synopsis
A textbook presenting the theory and underlying techniques of perturbation methods in a manner suitable for senior undergraduates from a broad range of disciplines.
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-157) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Algebraic equations; 2. Asymptotic expansions; 3. Integrals; 4. Regular problems in PDEs; 5. Matched asymptotic expansions; 6. Method of strained coordinates; 7. Method of multiple scales; 8. Improved convergence; Bibliography; Index.