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The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas

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The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas is a quick-reference aid for students and professionals in the physical sciences and engineering. It contains more than 2000 of the most useful formulas and equations found in undergraduate physics courses, covering mathematics, dynamics and mechanics, quantum physics, thermodynamics, solid state physics, electromagnetism, optics and astrophysics. An exhaustive index allows the required formulas to be located swiftly and simply, and the unique tabular format crisply identifies all the variables involved. The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas comprehensively covers the major topics explored in undergraduate physics courses. It is designed to be a compact, portable, reference book suitable for everyday work, problem solving or exam revision. All students and professionals in physics, applied mathematics, engineering and other physical sciences will want to have this essential reference book within easy reach.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. How to use this book
  8. 1. Units, constants, and conversions
    1. 1.1 Introduction
    2. 1.2 SI units
    3. 1.3 Physical constants
    4. 1.4 Converting between units
    5. 1.5 Dimensions
    6. 1.6 Miscellaneous
  9. 2. Mathematics
    1. 2.1 Notation
    2. 2.2 Vectors and matrices
    3. 2.3 Series, summations, and progressions
    4. 2.4 Complex variables
    5. 2.5 Trigonometric and hyperbolic formulas
    6. 2.6 Mensuration
    7. 2.7 Differentiation
    8. 2.8 Integration
    9. 2.9 Special functions and polynomials
    10. 2.10 Roots of quadratic and cubic equations
    11. 2.11 Fourier series and transforms
    12. 2.12 Laplace transforms
    13. 2.13 Probability and statistics
    14. 2.14 Numerical methods
  10. 3. Dynamics and mechanics
    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Frames of reference
    3. 3.3 Gravitation
    4. 3.4 Particle motion
    5. 3.5 Rigid body dynamics
    6. 3.6 Oscillating systems
    7. 3.7 Generalised dynamics
    8. 3.8 Elasticity
    9. 3.9 Fluid dynamics
  11. 4. Quantum physics
    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 Quantum definitions
    3. 4.3 Wave mechanics
    4. 4.4 Hydrogenic atoms
    5. 4.5 Angular momentum
    6. 4.6 Perturbation theory
    7. 4.7 High energy and nuclear physics
  12. 5. Thermodynamics
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 Classical thermodynamics
    3. 5.3 Gas laws
    4. 5.4 Kinetic theory
    5. 5.5 Statistical thermodynamics
    6. 5.6 Fluctuations and noise
    7. 5.7 Radiation processes
  13. 6. Solid state physics
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 Periodic table
    3. 6.3 Crystalline structure
    4. 6.4 Lattice dynamics
    5. 6.5 Electrons in solids
  14. 7. Electromagnetism
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Static fields
    3. 7.3 Electromagnetic fields (general)
    4. 7.4 Fields associated with media
    5. 7.5 Force, torque, and energy
    6. 7.6 LCR circuits
    7. 7.7 Transmission lines and waveguides
    8. 7.8 Waves in and out of media
    9. 7.9 Plasma physics
  15. 8. Optics
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 Interference
    3. 8.3 Fraunhofer diffraction
    4. 8.4 Fresnel diffraction
    5. 8.5 Geometrical optics
    6. 8.6 Polarisation
    7. 8.7 Coherence (scalar theory)
    8. 8.8 Line radiation
  16. 9. Astrophysics
    1. 9.1 Introduction
    2. 9.2 Solar system data
    3. 9.3 Coordinate transformations (astronomical)
    4. 9.4 Observational astrophysics
    5. 9.5 Stellar evolution
    6. 9.6 Cosmology
  17. Index