The Physics Handbook: Fundamentals and Key Equations

The Physics Handbook: Fundamentals and Key Equations

by Charles P. Poole Jr., Jr. Poole
     
 

A comprehensive quick reference to basic topics and equations in physics

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, solid state, particle physics, statistical mechanics, and optics. In one

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A comprehensive quick reference to basic topics and equations in physics

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, solid state, 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 PhD qualifying examinations and a quick reference for physicists who need to brush up on basic topics or delve into areas outside their expertise.

Poole devotes two chapters to regularly needed information such as trigonometric and vector identities and special functions. The remaining chapters incorporate less frequently summoned concepts, including Lagrangians, parity, dispersion relations, chaos, free energies, statistical mechanical ensembles, elementary particle classification, and so forth. An indispensable resource for graduate students and physicists in industry and academia, The Physics Handbook:
* Puts key information at the reader's fingertips
* Incorporates essential material previously scattered through many different texts
* Features 150 illustrations
* Addresses theoretical as well as practical issues
* Includes an extensive bibliography pointing to more thorough texts for individual subject areas

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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:
9780471314608
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.95(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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