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Solutions of Selected Problems for Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences [Paperback]

Mary L. Boas
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is not the best math methods book Sept. 19 2003
Boas is overrated. The book "Mathematical methods for Physics and engineering" by Riley, Hobson, and Bence is much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boas is the best math methods book July 9 2004
It is not only well written, it has lots of worked examples! It is not as comprehensive as some "standards" such as Arfkin or Butkov, but it is much more useful for mastering the basics. No physics student should be without this book.
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I'm a physics undergraduate. Out of all my books on math, this is far and away the most comprehensive and useful book! It has supplanted my other, thicker books and is the one thing I turn to whenever I need to refresh myself on a math method.
It covers practically every useful math technique for physics, and never assumes that you're a genius (unlike other books). Each step is explained in clear, refreshing language and in a very logical order. From Laplacian transforms to Fourier series to ODEs, each subject is introduced so well that, even when I've missed a lecture, I can understand the topic just from reading it.
Highly recommended and worth the price, this is one book physics undergraduates should have. The only thing else needed with it is the solutions manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that has everything. Nov. 6 2003
This book has a bit of everything from Linear Algebra, Calculus, Analysis, Probability and Statistics, ODE, PDE, Transforms just to name a few. If you get a chance to study everything from this book, you will probably learn more from this book than all your undergraduate math courses combined. Some concepts on this book may be difficult to understand due to the lack of in depth coverage. But I guess the main intention of this book is to focus on the applied side and cover as much material that is relevant to physics and engineering as possible and not go into much detail on the theory side.
If you are a graduate student in physics or engineering and want to buy this book for reference, it will be a good start for the first year courses but won't help you much after that.
Readibility of this book is excellent. You will understand most of the concepts and examples presented.
Bottomline: This is a must have book for engineers and physicists.
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Hey, Math undergrads! Home for the summer? Only room in that case for one math text? Make it Boas. She'll get you up to speed on all the mechanics of doing math; calculus, vectors, PDEs, fourier analysis and stuff. Once you have that all down pat you can go and read Spivak or whatever you like and do it properly with all those annoying little proofs ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great review, not so good to learn from July 3 2003
This was the textbook for my first advanced math-physics (mathsics) class. While the review of vector calc and other things I already knew was really helpful, I found it just too lacking in good examples and simpler homework problems to learn from it really well. Although I am really glad I own the book, I would rather learn from something that gives examples similar to the homework problems and gives a few lower-level homework problems to get my feet wet and THEN I can jump into the more complicated stuff.
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To put it quite simply, if you are a physics student, you must own this book. What does this book do for you? Consider this...
In my school, we do not have a mathematical methods course for science, so I decided to take on a math minor to take all the classes neccesary to do physics "right." This included a class on ODEs, Fourier Series & PDEs, Linear Algebra, and Complex Variables. These classes, although helpful, cover a lot of stuff that is not quite useful for understanding physics concepts, often undermining or dampening the stuff that is actually applicable.
What makes this book so great is that it combines all the essential math concepts into one compact, clearly written reference. If I could do it all over again, I would easily rather take a two semester Math Methods course (like they do in many schools) using a book like Boas than take all these obtuse math courses. With this book, it makes it so handy to review previously learned concepts or actually learn poorly presented topics ( for a physicist anyway) in mathematics classes... (Things like Coordinate Transformations, Tensors, Special Functions & PDEs in spherical & cylindrical coordinates, Diagonilzation, the list goes on.....)
Keep this gem handy when doing homework and studying for exams, learning the math tools from this book enables you to concentrate squarely on the physics in your other textbooks... (since mathematical background information, understandably, is often cut short...)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book on undergrad Math Physics May 20 2002
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This book covers basic topics(vector analysis, ode, series, multivariable calculus, calculus of variations, Fourier, etc.) in a very original and understandable way. However, my only complaint, it is too classical. It doesn't go into any depth on vector spaces and other math essential to QM. But for the basics it is the best book out there.
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