Mathematical Methods for Physicists – Tai L. Chow – 1st Edition


This text is designed for an intermediate-level, two-semester undergraduate course in mathematical physics. It provides an accessible account of most of the important mathematical tools required in physics these days.

It is assumed that the reader has an adequate preparation in general physics and calculus. The bridges the gap between an introductory and more advanced courses in classical , electricity and magnetism, quantum , and thermal and physics.

The text contains a large number of worked examples to illustrate the mathematical techniques developed and to show their relevance to physics. The book is designed primarily for undergraduate physics majors, but could also be used by in other subjects, such as , astronomy and .

Table of Content

  • Vector and tensor analysis

  • Ordinary differential equations

  • Matrix algebra

  • Fourier series and integrals

  • Linear vector spaces

  • Functions of a complex variable

  • Special functions of mathematical physics

  • The calculus of variations

  • The Laplace transformation

  • Partial differential equations

  • Simple linear integral equations

  • Elements of group theory

  • Numerical methods

  • Introduction to probability theory