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Solutions of Selected Problems for Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences Paperback – 1984


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wiley (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471099201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471099208
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,096,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Yes, everyone loves the book - and so do I (see? I have given it 5 stars!). There is one little problem: this excellent book cannot replace the "real" mathematical books. When I first started using this book I was always concerned about the completness of the material. In other words, when she gave a "receipe" for solving a problem I would always think to myself "how do I know, that this solution is complete? are there not any other solutions? WHERE IS THE PROOF? etc."
You are always given the receipe, and, yes, this receipes will help you solve most problems and prepare for most examinations, but will you really understand MATHEMATICS behind the problems?
The solution in my opinion is to get hold of a few good and rigorous books on calculus, advanced calculus, variational methods, elements of complex analysis and basics of functional analysis. Once you have worked through them you can read M.Boas and really understand and appreciate the book. But the question is: will you need M.Boas then?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Bernard on Sept. 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
Boas is overrated. The book "Mathematical methods for Physics and engineering" by Riley, Hobson, and Bence is much better.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Everyone doing a physics degree knows that it is often the case that there is no ideal book for the area that you're studying. For instance, in atomic physics, you need to use Eisberg, Bransden, and Rae (or at least, you do for my course). Here's the good news: when it comes to maths, there is only one book that you will ever need, and it's this one. No matter what stage of your degree you're at, this book will always come in handy. The maths behind quantum mechanics or thermodynamics is made trivial thanks to a few clarifying words from good ol' Mary L. When it comes to revising for those dreaded finals, Boas is the ideal aid - you just do a quick couple of questions to remind yourself how Lagrange Multipliers work and you're home and dry.
I really can't say enough good things about this wonderful little book. If you only buy one book for your physics course, do yourself a favour and buy this one.
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Format: Hardcover
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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