Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers I: Asymptotic Methods and Perturbation Theory / Edition 1

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This book gives a clear, practical and self-contained presentation of the methods of asymptotics and perturbation theory for obtaining appro ximate analytical solutions to differential and difference equations. These methods allow one to analyze problems that are encountered in ph ysics and engineering that may not be solvable in closed form and for which brute-force numerical methods may not converge to useful solutio ns. The presentation is aimed at teaching the insights that are most u seful in approaching new problems; it avoids special methods and trick s that work only for particular problems, such as the traditional tran scendental functions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is a reprint of the original published by McGraw-Hill \ref [MR0538168 (80d:00030)]. The only changes are the addition of the Roman numeral I to the title and the provision of a subtitle, "Asymptotic methods and perturbation theory". This latter improvement is much needed, as the original title suggested that this was a teaching book for undergraduate scientists and engineers. It is not, but is an excellent introduction to asymptotic and perturbation methods for master's degree students or beginning research students. Certain parts of it could be used for a course in asymptotics for final year undergraduates in applied mathematics or mathematical physics.

This is a book that has stood the test of time and I cannot but endorse the remarks of the original reviewer. It is written in a fresh and lively style and the many graphs and tables, comparing the results of exact and approximate methods, were in advance of its time. I have owned a copy of the original for over twenty years, using it on a regular basis, and, after the original had gone out of print, lending it to my research students. Springer-Verlag has done a great service to users of, and researchers in, asymptotics and perturbation theory by reprinting this classic." (A.D. Wood, Mathematical Reviews)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387989310
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/29/1999
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 593
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

I Preface. 1 Ordinary Differential Equations. 2 Difference Equations. 3 Approximate Solution of Linear Differential Equations. 4 Approximate Solution of Nonlinear Equations. 5 Approximate Solution of Difference Equations. 6 Asymptotic Expansion of Integrals. 7 Perturbation Series. 8 Summation of Series. 9 Boundary Layer Theory. 10 WKB Theory. 11 Multiple Scales Analysis. Appendix, References, Index
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