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The Physics Handbook, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-3-527-40699-9
535 pages
February 2007
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This compendium of physics covers the key equations and fundamental principles that are taught in graduate programs. It offers a succinct yet systematic treatment of all areas of physics, including mathematical physics, solid state physics, particle physics, statistical mechanics, and optics. In one complete, self-contained volume, author Charles P. Poole provides both review material for students preparing for PhD qualifying examinations and a quick reference for physicists who need to brush up on basic topics or delve into areas outside their expertise.
In this second edition the author devotes two chapters to such regularly needed information as trigonometric and vector identities and special functions. The remaining chapters incorporate less frequently summoned concepts, including Lagrangians, parity, dispersion relations, chaos, free energies, statistical mechanical ensembles, and elementary particle classification. A brand new chapter on entanglement and quantum computing has been added, making this an indispensable resource for graduate students and physicists in both industry and academia.
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Table of Contents

1. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations
2. Central Forces
3. Rigid Bodies
4. Oscillations and Vibrations
5. Canonical Transformations
6. Non-Linear Dynamics and Chaos
7. Relativity
8. Thermodynamics
9. Statistical Mechanics and Distribution Functions
10. Electrostatics and Magnetostatics
11. Multipoles and Media
12. Relativistic Electrodynamics
13. Wave Propagation
14. Optics
15. Radiation
16. Collisions
17. Angular Momentum
18. Matrix Formulation of Quantum Mechanics
19. Schrödinger Equation
20. One-Dimensional Quantum Systems
21. Atoms
22. Perturbation Theory
23. Fluids and Solids
24. Conduction in Solids
25. Nuclei
26. Elementary Particles
27. Mathematical Physics: Tensors and Matrices
28. Mathematical Physics: Differential Equations and Orthogonal Functions
29. Entanglement and Quantum Computing

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Author Information

Charles P. Poole, Jr., Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina. He is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including 'Superconductivity and Introduction to Renormalization Group Methods'. He has taught qualifying examination preparation courses for more than two decades.
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New to This Edition

* features a brandnew chapter on entanglement and quantum computing
* extensive, up-to-date bibliography
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