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Books of mathematics for physics recommendation

  1. Aug 23, 2009 #1
    I am a new member,
    Nice to meet you~

    I like physics and mathematics.
    I don't care the mathematical theorem,
    (Such as the limit theorem, I think which is not very useful in application)
    but I want to know the mathematics for Physics.

    Any books is suitable for me??
    May I have your recommendation??

    Thank you very much.
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  3. Aug 23, 2009 #2
    can you tell us what Mathematics courses you have completed (or will be working on this coming term)? imo you should at least be done with Calc I (limits & derivatives) , Calc II (integrals), Calc III (multivariate), and Introductory Differential Equations (ODE mainly)...and if possible a Linear Algebra course too.
  4. Aug 23, 2009 #3
    Thank you for your reply.

    I am a Hong Kong F.6 Student.
    If follow the programme of HK .
    I learned the calculate of limit(not the proof and detail theorem),
    and the single variable derivatives and integrals.(haven't learn substitution yet)
    I know the coming year will teach Linear Algebra,substitution etc.
    I want to learn more by myself, but I want to skip the pure maths theorem (such as the detail proof of the limit theorem ,something like that).
    I want to learn the maths which can directly applied on the actual problem.

    I know that some books are written for physics and engineering.
    Which do not include too many pure maths theorem.
    Is any good choice in such types of books?

    And I feel sorry for my poor English.

    Thank you.
  5. Aug 23, 2009 #4
    Physics needs mathematics like a poet needs English.

    If you want to skip the proofs(which I wont recomend), that is up to you. However, Physical theorems are full of difficult mathematical proofs which are essential to understand. If you don't like this, don't be a physicist.

    You should take an unabridged course in:
    Calculus(differentiation, integration, multivariate, vector)
    Linear Algebra(2-semesters worth. You should know both matrix stuff and advanced things like hermition/unitary operators.)
    Advanced Calculus Course(Great for mathematical perspectiv

    And then you can try watered down math.
  6. Aug 24, 2009 #5
    Mathematical Methods in the Physics Sciences by Mary Boas seems to be what you're looking for.
  7. Aug 24, 2009 #6
    Of course I have confidence in Maths.
    I will try to pay more patience to finish the mathematical parts.

    Thank you for the recommendation.
  8. Aug 28, 2009 #7
    I second this. Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Boas has a lot of math and it is very light on proofs. This is the exact book you are looking for.
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