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Mathematical Methods for Physicists by Arfken and Weberby Greg Bernhardt Tags: None 

#1
Jan2313, 02:45 PM

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#2
Jan2313, 02:53 PM

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I actually think Arfken & Weber is a very good book. It's not a 'mathematical physics' book aiming to teach the structure of physical theories  it's just a methods text. If you need to do an integral and forgot a method, look it up in here, and to that end, I think it serves its purpose well.




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Jan2313, 07:16 PM

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I also like Arfken. It's a good reference book, and because examples are taken from all areas of physics, I always learn something new when I use it.




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Jan2313, 08:16 PM

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Mathematical Methods for Physicists by Arfken and Weber
It probably works well if you already know/knew the material. From experience, I don't recommend trying to learn the techniques for the first time with this book. The explanations are too brief.




#5
Jan2313, 08:19 PM

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A reference book, not great to learn from but good to recall




#6
Jan2413, 11:54 AM

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I've found some mistakes in the book, but one of which stumped me for a awhile:
chapter 1 vector diagram showing the three axes of XYZ space and a vector with a projection onto the XY plane and with three arcs to indicate the vector cosines. The mistake is one arc goes from the x axis to the dashlined vector projection and not to the vector itself. Earlier editions had two diagrams here so some copyeditor/artist combined them and introduced the mistake (I think from 4th edition to the present, I haven't seen the 7th edition yet) 



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Mar713, 07:57 PM

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http://books.google.com/books?id=JOp...page&q&f=false The 7th edition has been restructured as follows: 1 Mathematical Preliminaries 1.1 Infinite Series 1.2 Series of Functions 1.3 Binomial Theorm 1.4 Mathematical Induction 1.5 Operations on Series Expansions of Functions 1.6 Some Important Series 1.7 Vectors 1.8 Complex Numbers and Functions 1.9 Derivatives and Extrema 1.10 Evaluation of Integrals 1.11 Dirac Delta Function 2 Matrices and Determinants 2.1 Determinants 2.2 Matrices 3 Vector Analysis 4 Tensors and Differential Forms 5 Vector Spaces 6 Eigenvalue Problems 7 Ordinary Differential Equations 8 SturmLiouville Theory 9 Partial Differential Equations 10 Green's Functions 11 Complex Variable Theory 12 Further Topics in Analysis 13 Gamma Function 14 Bessel Functions 15 Legendre Functions 16 Angular Momentum 17 Group Theory 18 More Special Functions 19 Fourier Series 20 Integral Transforms 21 Integral Equations 22 Calculus of Variations 23 Probability and Statistics Index 


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