Fredrick I. Olness (Southern Methodist University)

with a foreword by Stephen Wolfram

LENGTH: 600+ pages

ISBN: 0-8053-8700-5

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Mathematica for Physics chooses the canonical problems from the physics curriculum, and solves these problems using Mathematica. This book takes the reader beyond the "textbook" solutions by challenging the student to cross check the results using the wide variety of Mathematica's analytical, numerical, and graphical tools. Throughout the book, the complexity of both the physics and Mathematica is systematically extended to broaden the tools the reader has at his or her disposal, and to broaden the range of problems that can be solved. As such, this text is an appropriate supplement for any of the core advanced undergraduate and graduate physics courses. This electronic supplement contains the initialization files for all chapters, and selected solutions and examples.

Highlights include:

- Provides Mathematica solutions for the canonical problems in the physics curriculum.
- Covers essential problems in: Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Special and
- General Relativity, Cosmology, Elementary Circuits, Oscillating Systems.
- Uses the power of Mathematica to go beyond "textbook" solutions and bring the problems alive with animations, and other graphical tools.
- Emphasizes the graphical capability of Mathematica to develop the reader's intuition and visualization in problem solving.
- Introduces the reader to the aspects of Mathematica that are particularly useful for physics.

1. Getting Started

2. GENERAL PHYSICS

3. Oscillating Systems

4. NonLinear Oscillating Systems

5. Discrete Dynamical Systems

6. Lagrangians and Hamiltonians

7. Orbiting Bodies

8. Electrostatics

9. Quantum Mechanics

10. Relativity and Cosmology

We expect this text to be a supplement to the standard course text. The student would use this book to get ideas on how to use Mathematica to solve the problems assigned by the instructor.

Since we cover the canonical problems from the core courses, the student can practice with our solutions, and then modify our solutions to solve the particular problems assigned. This should help the student move up the Mathematica learning curve quickly.

Mathematica for Physics chooses the canonical problems from the physics curriculum, and solves these problems using Mathematica. This book takes the reader beyond the "textbook" solutions by challenging the student to cross check the results using the wide variety of Mathematica's analytical, numerical, and graphical tools. Throughout the book, the complexity of both the physics and Mathematica is systematically extended to broaden the tools the reader has at his or her disposal, and to broaden the range of problems that can be solved.

As such, this text is an appropriate supplement for any of the core advanced undergraduate and graduate physics courses.