The Physics Handbook: Fundamentals and Key Equations

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Overview

This compendium of physics covers the key equations and fundamental principles that are taught in graduate programs. It offers a succinct yet systematic treatment of all areas of physics, including mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, solid state physics, particle physics, statistical mechanics, and optics. In one complete, self-contained volume, author Charles P. Poole, Jr. provides both review material for students preparing for Ph.D. qualifying examinations and a quick reference for physicists who need to brush up on basic topics or delve into areas outside their expertise.

The author devotes two chapters to regularly needed information such as trigonometric and vector identities, infinite series, Fourier Transforms, and special functions. The remaining chapters incorporate less frequently looked-up concepts, including, e.g., Lagrangians, parity, dispersion relations, chaos, free energies, statistical mechanical ensembles, and elementary particle classification. A brand new chapter on entanglement and quantum computing written by Professor Horacio A. Farach has been added to this second edition. The book is an indispensable resource for graduate students and physicists in industry and academia.

About the Author:
Charles P. Poole, Jr., Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina

"...a succinct, yet comprehensive complilation of key equations and fundamental concepts covering mathematical physics, solid state, partical, statistical mechanics, and optics."

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A compendium of the key equations and fundamental principles taught in graduate physics programs, providing a succinct and systematic treatment of all areas of physics, including mathematical, solid- state, particle, statistical mechanics, and optics. Considers such topics as Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, relativity, wave propagation, one-dimensional quantum systems, and nuclei. Useful as a study review for students preparing for doctoral qualifying examinations and as a quick reference for practicing physicists who need to brush up on basics or want to probe into areas outside their expertise. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471181736
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles P. Poole, Jr., Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina. He is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including 'Superconductivity and Introduction to Renormalization Group Methods'. He has taught qualifying examination preparation courses for more than two decades.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Physical Constants
1 Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations 1
2 Central Forces 10
3 Rigid Bodies 28
4 Oscillations and Vibrations 42
5 Canonical Transformations 59
6 Non-Linear Dynamics and Chaos 68
7 Relativity 87
8 Thermodynamics 101
9 Statistical Mechanics and Distribution Functions 123
10 Electrostatics and Magnetostatics 142
11 Multipoles and Media 160
12 Relativistic Electrodynamics 176
13 Wave Propagation 188
14 Optics 206
15 Radiation 219
16 Collisions 233
17 Angular Momentum 242
18 Matrix Formulation of Quantum Mechanics 255
19 Schrodinger Equation 264
20 One-Dimensional Quantum Systems 275
21 Atoms 290
22 Perturbation Theory 306
23 Fluids and Solids 319
24 Conduction in Solids 340
25 Nuclei 363
26 Elementary Particles 379
27 Mathematical Physics: Tensors and Matrices 399
28 Mathematical Physics: Differential Equations and Orthogonal Functions 437
Bibliography 471
Index 475
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