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Introductory books

  1. May 21, 2009 #1
    I have to self study the following topics what books should I get to do it?

    1) Mathematical Physics
    The course is: Linear vector space; matrices; vector calculus; linear differential equations; elements of complex analysis; Laplace transforms, Fourier analysis, elementary ideas about tensors.

    2)Classical Mechanics
    Course: Conservation laws; central forces, Kepler problem and planetary motion; collisions and scattering in laboratory and centre of mass frames; mechanics of system of particles; rigid body dynamics; moment of inertia tensor; noninertial frames and pseudo forces; variational principle; Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s formalisms; equation of motion, cyclic coordinates, Poisson bracket; periodic motion, small oscillations, normal modes; special theory of relativity – Lorentz transformations, relativistic kinematics, mass-energy equivalence.
    I have access to the following books but obviously cant read them all
    Classical Mechanics - 3rd ed. - Goldstein, Poole & Safko
    Mechanics 3rd ed. - L. Landau, E. Lifgarbagez
    Classical Mechanics - Point Particles And Relativity - W. Greiner
    Classical Mechanics - Systems of Particles and Hamiltonian Dynamics - W. Greiner
    Classical Mechanics - Tatum
    Hamiltonian Dynamics - Theory and Applications - Cachan, paris
    Structure And Interpretation Of Classical Mechanics - G. Sussman, J. Wisdom

    3)Electromagnetic Theory: Solution of electrostatic and magnetostatic problems including boundary value problems; dielectrics and conductors; Biot-Savart’s and Ampere’s laws; Faraday’s law; Maxwell’s equations; scalar and vector potentials; Coulomb and Lorentz gauges; Electromagnetic waves and their reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization. Poynting vector, Poynting theorem, energy and momentum of electromagnetic waves; radiation from a moving charge.
    Classical Electrodynamics - W. Greiner
    Classical Electrodynamics 3rd ed. - J.D. Jackson
    Classical Electrodynamics for Undergraduates - H. Norbury
    Electrodynamics of Continuous Media 2nd ed. - L. Landau, E. Lifgarbagez
    Introduction to Electrodynamics - D. Griffiths

    4)Quantum Mechanics: Physical basis of quantum mechanics; uncertainty principle; Schrodinger equation; one, two and three dimensional potential problems; particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom; linear vectors and operators in Hilbert space; angular momentum and spin; addition of angular momenta; time independent perturbation theory; elementary scattering theory.
    Quantum Mechanics - A Conceptual Approach - H. Hameka
    Quantum Mechanics - A Modern Development - L. Ballentine
    Quantum Mechanics - an Introduction, 4th ed. - W. Greiner
    Quantum Mechanics - Concepts and Applications - T. Biswas
    Quantum Mechanics - J. Norbury
    Quantum Mechanics - L. Schiff
    Quantum Mechanics - Modern Mevelopment 4ed - A. Rae
    Quantum Mechanics - Symmetries 2nd ed. - W. Greiner, B. Muller
    Quantum Mechanics - Vol 1 - Cohen-Tannoudji
    Quantum Mechanics - Vol 2 - Cohen-Tannoudji
    Quantum Mechanics And Path Integrals - R. Feynman, A. Hibbs
    Quantum Mechanics in Hilbert Space - E. Prugovecki
    Quantum statistical mechanics - Kadanoff, L.P., Baym, G.
    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics - A. Phillips
    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics - D. Griffiths

    Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics: Laws of thermodynamics; macrostates and microstates; phase space; probability ensembles; partition function, free energy, calculation of thermodynamic quantities; classical and quantum statistics; degenerate Fermi gas; black body radiation and Planck’s distribution law; Bose-Einstein condensation; first and second order phase transitions, critical point.
    Books:Thermal and Statistical Physics - H. Gould, J. Tobochnik
    Thermal physics - Kittel
    Thermodynamics - E. Fermi
    Thermodynamics An Engineering Approach 5th Edition - Gengel, Boles
    Thermodynamics an introductory treatise - Bryan G.H.
    Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics 2ed - H. Callen
    Thermodynamics and Introductory Statistical Mechanics - Linder B.
    Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics - W. Greiner, L. Niese, H. Stocker
    Thermodynamics- An Advanced Treatment for Chemists and Physicists - E. Guggenheim

    Atomic and Molecular Physics: Spectra of one- and many-electron atoms; LS and jj coupling; hyperfine structure; Zeeman and Stark effects; electric dipole transitions and selection rules; X-ray spectra; rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules; electronic transition in diatomic molecules, Franck-Condon principle; Raman effect; NMR and ESR; lasers.
    Handbook of Particle Physics - J. Sundaresan
    Introduction to Elementary Particles - D. Griffiths
    Particles and Quantum Fields - H. Klienert
    Quarks and Leptons An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics - F.Halzem,A.Martin
    The Universe in a Helium Droplet - G. Volovik
    Fundamentals of Light Sources and Lasers - Mark Csele
    Solid-State Lasers - A Graduate Text - W.Koechner, M.Bass

    Solid State Physics: Elements of crystallography; diffraction methods for structure determination; bonding in solids; elastic properties of solids; defects in crystals; lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids; free electron theory; band theory of solids; metals, semiconductors and insulators; transport properties; optical, dielectric and magnetic properties of solids; elements of superconductivity.
    Books:Solid State Physics - Ashcroft, Neil W, Mermin, David N
    Solid state physics problems and solutions - Mihaly L., Martin M.C.

    Nuclear and Particle Physics: Nuclear radii and charge distributions, nuclear binding energy, Electric and magnetic moments; nuclear models, liquid drop model - semi-empirical mass formula, Fermi gas model of nucleus, nuclear shell model; nuclear force and two nucleon problem; Alpha decay, Beta-decay, electromagnetic transitions in nuclei; Rutherford scattering, nuclear reactions, conservation laws; fission and fusion; particle accelerators and detectors; elementary particles, photons, baryons, mesons and leptons; quark model.

    books:An Introduction to nuclear physics - Greenwood, Cottingham
    Fundamentals in Nuclear Physics - From Nuclear Structure to Cosmology - Basdevant, Rich, Spiro
    Advanced Course in Modern Nuclear Physics - J. Arias, M. Lozano

    Electronics: Network analysis; semiconductor devices; Bipolar Junction Transistors, Field Effect Transistors, amplifier and oscillator circuits; operational amplifier, negative feedback circuits , active filters and oscillators; rectifier circuits, regulated power supplies; basic digital logic circuits, sequential circuits, flip-flops, counters, registers, A/D and D/A conversion.

    what books should I use? and how should I start studying? which topics to take up first?
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  3. May 21, 2009 #2
    It should only take you a few weeks to get through those.
  4. May 21, 2009 #3
    Generally takes some 4 years, lolzz
  5. May 21, 2009 #4
    four weeks max, JK! How much math do you know?
  6. May 22, 2009 #5
    Your order is about correct, math first then do classical mechanics + EM first, then QM and Thermal, then the rest. Use 1 or 2 books from each section max, not all 10.
  7. May 22, 2009 #6
    okay I will go in that order. But I want to know which book would be good for mathematical Physics for the given course? I want some with huge number of "good" problems
  8. May 22, 2009 #7
    It seems like the maths course covers a broad-ish range of topics so I'd probably recommend a typical undergrad book like:


    Should be able to take a look at the table of contents on Amazon, it has plenty of problems and gives an introduction to most topics you'd encounter at the undergraduate level. Will probably be a good idea to build up the collection of maths books as and when you require a more advanced treatment of whatever subject.

    (I'm presuming you're at undergraduate level anyway.)
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  9. May 23, 2009 #8
    Yeah I am at UG level! I had a look at the book at google books. Seems great. I will get it.
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