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The mathematical requirements aren't that high: comfort with partial differentiation, vector calculus, ODEs, and matrices. But this shouldn't be your first exposure to most of the concepts, e.g. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics. Try Fowles or https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QA9M6M/?tag=pfamazon01-20.

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I was thinking only of the first volume,

And really, the Physics background needed to study these texts is more important, as you'd pick up most of the needed math in undergrad Physics courses.

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Mathematical Methods in the physical sciences by M Boas level

The other books require a little more though

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I agree with this completely. Just wanted to add something: I hadn't seen calculus of variations before, and struggled quite a bit with the first chapter at first. But then I watched this MIT lecture by Strang, and it made a lot of sense after that. I would recommend watching it first. After the first chapter, if I recall correctly, you don't see calculus of variations for the majority of the book (although you use the results you obtained in the first chapter).

The mathematical requirements aren't that high: comfort with partial differentiation, vector calculus, ODEs, and matrices. But this shouldn't be your first exposure to most of the concepts, e.g. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics. Try Fowles or Symon.

I disagree with the last point. L&L v1 was my first exposure to the material and I really enjoyed it, and believe I understood it well - the style works well for me. It imagine it depends on how each individual learns best. There isn't nearly as many problems as in other texts, but you can augment it by expanding on the problems they assign and just creating your own problems.

Also, a lot of the other books use tensor analysis and assume you know a bit about PDE's.

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