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Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences (Physics) [Hardcover]

Michael Tinker , Robert Lambourne
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30 Mar 2000 0471866911 978-0471866916 1
Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences aims to build upon the reader′s knowledge of basic mathematical methods, through a gradual progression to more advanced methods and techniques. Carefully structured as a series of self–paced and self–contained chapters, this text covers the essential and most important techniques needed by physical science students. Starting with complex numbers, the text then moves on to cover vector algebra, determinants, matrices, differentiation, integration, differential equations and finally vector calculus, all within an applied environment. The reader is guided through these different techniques with the help of numerous worked examples, applications, problems, figures and summaries. The authors aim to provide high–quality and thoroughly class–tested material to meet the changing needs of science students. Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences: ∗ Is a carefully structured text, with self–contained chapters. ∗ Gradually introduces mathematical techniques within an applied environment. ∗ Includes many worked examples, applications, problems and summaries in each chapter. Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences will be invaluable to all students of physics, chemistry and engineering, needing to develop or refresh their knowledge of basic mathematics. The book′s structure will make it equally valuable for course use, home study or distance learning.


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  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (30 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471866911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471866916
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 20 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,436,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I recommend this excellent book ..." ––Contemporary Physics, Vol. 42/1, 2001

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Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences aims to build upon the reader′s knowledge of basic mathematical methods, through a gradual progression to more advanced methods and techniques. Carefully structured as a series of self–paced and self–contained chapters, this text covers the essential and most important techniques needed by physical science students. Starting with complex numbers, the text then moves on to cover vector algebra, determinants, matrices, differentiation, integration, differential equations and finally vector calculus, all within an applied environment. The reader is guided through these different techniques with the help of numerous worked examples, applications, problems, figures and summaries. The authors aim to provide high–quality and thoroughly class–tested material to meet the changing needs of science students. Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences: ∗ Is a carefully structured text, with self–contained chapters. ∗ Gradually introduces mathematical techniques within an applied environment. ∗ Includes many worked examples, applications, problems and summaries in each chapter. Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences will be invaluable to all students of physics, chemistry and engineering, needing to develop or refresh their knowledge of basic mathematics. The book′s structure will make it equally valuable for course use, home study or distance learning.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By C. Nunn
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book which explains the material really well. The best thing about it is the way it is structured, with fast track questions to see whether you can skip a section, and then ready to study questions, to make sure that you have the background knowledge to understand the chapter. Examples are clearly explained, as well as answers to questions in the text. It doesn't miss out crucial lines in a derivation, and it doesn't say 'This is obviously...' when it's not obvious to me, and if it was, I wouldn't have needed to look it up in the first place.

The maths is backed up by examples from physical sciences, which is really helpful and puts the whole thing in context.

It didn't cover all my course, so I had to use other books for part of the course. But it was so much better than the books which did cover the whole course, I'd buy it again.

A criticism for the publisher to put right - the index gives the section number, but there is no easy way to find a section, because it is not written on each page. The same problem in the answer sections, the answers are R1, T1 etc but doesn't say what chapter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn maths the easy way 17 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wish I had found this book long ago. It explains concepts in the easist way possible. You will find many details that are very relevant in applied mathematics in it and it will be very clear to you that they are important.

Again, not a book for someone that just wants proofs for theorems etc. but a book that allows you to apply your knowledge in physics and science in general in quite a strict mathematical manner. I would think, however, that you get the most of it only if you know some mechanics and/or thermodynamics.

On the other hand I was very curious about how the authors would attack vector calculus and wave theory in their easy to read style. In the end, I feel they really struggled with the last two chapters and is more evidence, in my opinion, that these are just hard topics (although you WILL know how to solve problems in vector calculus if you read this book).

Finally, if you ALSO want to know what you are really doing, I would not encourage you to learn from this book only and I would use it as a reference and fast revision text instead. If you want to learn, say calculus, from a more basic point of view (even if applied) I recommend Thomas' calculus which is a bit more rigorous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Understandable book 28 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this item a few weeks ago and have been reading it. I can understand all of the concepts in it easily and quickly. I like the way that each chapter is mostly independent from the others so I can reach into to book read a chunk from the middle and I will be able to garuntee that I will understand.
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