The Physics Handbook: Fundamentals and Key Equations

The Physics Handbook: Fundamentals and Key Equations

by Charles P. Poole Jr.
     
 

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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.…  See more details below

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471181736
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/10/1998
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES P. POOLE, Jr., PhD, 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

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