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Recommend a book on Mathematical Methods for Physicists

  1. Oct 17, 2009 #1
    the book we'll be using, from what i hear, is not very well laid out. The book is written by our professor...and well, the professors review is filled with students saying bad things about his book. Now i have had a free online preview of chapter 1 of the book and it seems all right. Still, i would like to have another one for a reference. I would like to buy a Mathematical Methods for Physicists book that i can look back to 15 years from now.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Oct 18, 2009 #2
    I use these three often,

    Mathematical Methods by Boas
    Basic Training in Mathematics by Shankar
    and
    Mathematical Methods by Lorella Jones

    A great reference is Mathematical Methods by Riley.

    Just type the titles and the authors on amazon, for sure they'll show up.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2009 #3
    Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering by Riley, Hobson and Bence is the standard choice at my uni.
     
  5. Oct 20, 2009 #4
    Riley looks good.

    anyone has any other recommendations?
     
  6. Oct 20, 2009 #5

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  7. Oct 20, 2009 #6

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Arfken. It is a pretty standard graduate level text, and from what I've read, it is quite good.
     
  8. Oct 20, 2009 #7
    Since you guys have given me too much options to choose from, which i'm grateful for...

    but i'm literally a newbie to this and i really have no clue which one fits me best so help me out here.


    I've done a bit of undergrad mathematics courses including pure as well as applied. I'll be taking more applied courses, some of which correlate to stuff that is in this course.

    that being said here is a brief content of the book we will be using:

    # Mathematical Methods:

    * Vectors and Vector Calculus

    * Matrices and Rotations

    * Differential Equations

    * Series Solutions of Differential Equations

    * Special Functions and the Generalized Fourier Series

    * Linear Systems of Differential Equations

    * Nonlinear Differential Equations

    # Maple:

    * Vectors and Vector Calculus

    * Matrices and Rotations

    * Differential Equations

    * Power Series Solutions of Differential Equations

    * Special Functions and Generalized Fourier Series

    * Linear Systems of Differential Equations

    * Nonlinear Differential Equations


    I have used Maple before (briefly though). In this course, I assume i'll get more exposed to them. So, if there is a decent Maple based book that would be appreciated too.
     
  9. Oct 23, 2009 #8
    I think u must read out the Book

    ""Mathematical Methods for Physicists""
    By Arfkan and Webber........

    there are al contents that r required by u in this book........
    we are also using this book..........

    thnx n regards
     
  10. Nov 10, 2009 #9
    i managed to get a hold of Arfkan and Webber ebook (along with few other Mathematical Methods for Physicists ebook) and from my first glance it seems decent....i'm order a hardcopy soon.

    much appreciated for all the help :)
     
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