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Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering

ISBN: 978-0-470-04741-5
704 pages
September 2006
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An innovative treatment of mathematical methods for a multidisciplinary audience

Clearly and elegantly presented, Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering provides a coherent treatment of mathematical methods, bringing advanced mathematical tools to a multidisciplinary audience. The growing interest in interdisciplinary studies has brought scientists from many disciplines such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, economics, and finance together, which has increased the demand for courses in upper-level mathematical techniques. This book succeeds in not only being tuned in to the existing practical needs of this multidisciplinary audience, but also plays a role in the development of new interdisciplinary science by introducing new techniques to students and researchers.

Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering's modular structure affords instructors enough flexibility to use this book for several different advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses. Each chapter serves as a review of its subject and can be read independently, thus it also serves as a valuable reference and refresher for scientists and beginning researchers.

There are a growing number of research areas in applied sciences, such as earthquakes, rupture, financial markets, and crashes, that employ the techniques of fractional calculus and path integrals. The book's two unique chapters on these subjects, written in a style that makes these advanced techniques accessible to a multidisciplinary audience, are an indispensable tool for researchers and instructors who want to add something new to their compulsory courses.

Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering includes:
* Comprehensive chapters on coordinates and tensors and on continuous groups and their representations
* An emphasis on physical motivation and the multidisciplinary nature of the methods discussed
* A coherent treatment of carefully selected topics in a style that makes advanced mathematical tools accessible to a multidisciplinary audience
* Exercises at the end of every chapter and plentiful examples throughout the book

Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering is not only appropriate as a text for advanced undergraduate and graduate physics programs, but is also appropriate for engineering science and mechanical engineering departments due to its unique chapter coverage and easily accessible style. Readers are expected to be familiar with topics typically covered in the first three years of science and engineering undergraduate programs. Thoroughly class-tested, this book has been used in classes by more than 1,000 students over the past eighteen years.
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Preface.

Acknowledgment.

1. Nature and Mathematics.

2. Legendre Equation and Polynomials.

3. Laguerre Polynomials.

4. Hermite Polynomials.

5. Gegenbauer and Chebyshev Polynomials.

6. Bessel Functions.

7. Gauss Equation and its Solutions.

8. Sturm-Liouville Theory.

9. Sturm-Liouville Systems anad the Factorization Method.

10. Coordinates and Tensors.

11. Continuous Group and Representations.

12. Complex Variables and Functions.

13. Complex Integrals and Series.

14. Fractional Derivatives and Integrals: "Differintegrals".

15. Infinite Series.

16. Integral Transforms.

17. Variational Analysis.

18. Integral Equations.

19. Green's Functions.

20. Green's Functions and Path Integrals.

References.

Index.

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S. SELCUK BAYIN, PHD, is Professor in the Department of Physics at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Bayin is a member of the Turkish Physical Society and the American Physical Society. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Michigan in 1979. The author has been teaching mathematical methods for physics courses for the past eighteen years.
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  • Provides three unique chapters on the subjects of factorization, fractional calculus, and path integrals. These topics are not covered in the competition.
  • Provides comprehensive chapters on coordinates and tensors and on continuous groups and their representations. These topics are covered in much more depth in this book than in the competition.
  • Written in a modular structure so that each chapter is a review of its subject and could be read independently. This approach makes the book useful as a reference or refresher for scientists.
  • Presents a coherent treatment of carefully selected topics in a style that makes advanced mathematical tools accessible to a multidisciplinary audience
  • Emphasizes physical motivation and the multidisciplinary nature of the methods discussed
  • Includes exercises at the end of every chapter and plentiful examples
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"The book is written in a clear and attractive style. It is rich in content, with a wide-ranging covering, and will be useful not only as a textbook for students of physical sciences and engineering but also as a reference book for them." (Zentralblatt MATH Database, 2011)

"The book is well written and thorough…" (CHOICE, February 2007)

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