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What level of Maths do I need to know to solve Irodov's problems?

  1. Jun 19, 2009 #1
    I recently found myself interested in Physics, especially solving physics problems, looked up a few books and stumbled upon Irodov's Problems in General Physics. I'm enthusiastic about starting to solve stuff in it but most of the problems are quite math intensive it seems and since I've only finished my IGCSE Maths, it's obvious I have no idea of the math needed to solve most questions xD

    So I was wondering if anyone could guide me on what levels or topics in Maths should I learn first to be able to tackle these problems. Calculus and Trig seem like obvious choices but calc is pretty big by itself, so was looking for a little guidance on where to start :) I'm pretty good at maths and I love self teaching myself stuff so I hope this'll be a nice challenge!

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Jun 19, 2009 #2


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    Single variable calculus is enough.
  4. Jun 19, 2009 #3
    Ah ok then, I'll see if I can find a good book or resource on single variable calculus then, I assume that's only Calculus I. Thanks :)
  5. Jun 20, 2009 #4


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    You need a little bit of vector calculus for electrodynamics, which you can pick up pretty easily if you're comfortable with calculus.
  6. Jun 20, 2009 #5
    From what I've heard, you probably need some knowledge of differential equations as well. But I don't think you need to know anything more advanced than separable equations and linear equations, both of which can be found in a calc textbook such as Stewart's Calculus, I think. This is a pretty good site for differential equations (the topics I mentioned are the very first two listed): sosmath.com/diffeq/diffeq.html.
  7. Jun 21, 2009 #6
    Well I hate Electro anything in Physics so I guess I'll be avoiding that chapter for now :P Thanks for the info though!

    Thanks for the site and info, but yeah I guess those topics fall under Single Variable Calculus, or so I'm assuming, but I'll be sure to include them in my preparation anyways. Thanks!
  8. Jun 21, 2009 #7
    If you just want a quick intro just for the methods, tutorial.math.lamar.edu.
  9. Jun 21, 2009 #8
    Hmmm the site does look interesting but I'm more interested in actually understanding calculus instead of just being able to solve the problems. By reading around it seems Spivak's book and Apostol's are highly recommended if you want to understand Calculus, and they're challenging, which is what I like!

    Thanks for the link though, should come in handy :)
  10. Jun 21, 2009 #9
    Spivak is good. Apostol was too much for me.
  11. Jun 21, 2009 #10


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    Yeah the lamar website is pretty much just a quick reference if you forgot how to do something.
  12. Jun 22, 2009 #11
    Have a look at "Calculus and Analytical Geometry" by Thomas and Finney (and don't be put off by the size -- its one of the friendliest books I've come across).
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