Advice for useful math books for a college student studying physics
It will help people in giving advice, if you can be more specific. Are you at the introductory level, which needs mostly single-variable calculus and maybe simple differential equation? Or are you at the intermediate or advanced undergraduate level, or looking towards it?Barry Z said:a college student studying physics
I see that "there" is now "here". One of the other mentors apparently moved this thread.BvU said:We have a whole forum on textbooks. A bit hard to summarize, so why don't you look around there ?
Some good math books for a college student studying physics include "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences" by Mary L. Boas, "Mathematical Methods for Physicists" by George B. Arfken, and "An Introduction to Mechanics" by Daniel Kleppner and Robert Kolenkow.
While having a strong background in math can certainly be helpful, these books are designed for college students studying physics and therefore assume a basic understanding of math concepts. Some may require more advanced knowledge, so it is important to carefully read the book descriptions and reviews before purchasing.
Yes, there are many online resources such as Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare, and Coursera that offer free math courses and tutorials that can supplement these books. Additionally, many universities have online resources or tutoring services available for students.
It is generally recommended to use the most recent edition of a textbook, as it will likely have updated information and may have corrected errors from previous editions. However, if a specific edition is required for a course, it is best to consult with the instructor.
These books can definitely be used for self-study, but they may also be used in a classroom setting. It ultimately depends on the individual's learning style and needs. Some students may find it helpful to have a teacher or tutor to guide them through the material, while others may prefer to study on their own at their own pace.