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How to learn the math needed for more advanced physics course?

  1. Aug 19, 2013 #1
    I'm a college student of physics from China, and I've taken most undergrad physics course. when I tried to study some graduate-level books and some journal papers, I got a problem in math .
    In graduate level books (say, Jackson's for example), There are pages of math tricks I don't understand. I've taken a math-physics course and get some idea about Partial-diff equations and Bessel functions, etc. But when the equations can't use separate method, I don't know what to do with it. And in graduate level books, there are so many math tricks like magic.
    My question is : Where did they get these math techniques? Should I get a more advanced math-physics course? or should I stick on one grad-book like Jackson's, and work more harder on it.
    My college is not very good and it's hard to find a experienced person to ask. So I wonder is there anyone here who can do these math in ease will give me some help?
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  3. Aug 21, 2013 #2


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    Get a PDE book, you did a methods course so you should have enough general knowledge, now you just need to focus on PDE's and solving them. I got the impression from looking at Jackson before that you need to know how to solve linear PDE's before you attack it. I won't recommend a book because I expect foreign books are expensive.

    Don't try harder with Jackson, that'll be like hitting your head against a wall harder. Get the PDE knowledge, then try again.
  4. Aug 26, 2013 #3
    Thank you for your reply, I'll get a good PDE book and learn that first.
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