Green's Functions with Applications - Advances in Applied Mathematics (Paperback)Dean G. Duffy (author)
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Since publication of the first edition over a decade ago, Green's Functions with Applications has provided applied scientists and engineers with a systematic approach to the various methods available for deriving a Green's function. This fully revised Second Edition retains the same purpose, but has been meticulously updated to reflect the current state of the art.
The book opens with necessary background information: a new chapter on the historical development of the Green's function, coverage of the Fourier and Laplace transforms, a discussion of the classical special functions of Bessel functions and Legendre polynomials, and a review of the Dirac delta function.
The text then presents Green's functions for each class of differential equation (ordinary differential, wave, heat, and Helmholtz equations) according to the number of spatial dimensions and the geometry of the domain. Detailing step-by-step methods for finding and computing Green's functions, each chapter contains a special section devoted to topics where Green's functions particularly are useful. For example, in the case of the wave equation, Green's functions are beneficial in describing diffraction and waves.
To aid readers in developing practical skills for finding Green's functions, worked examples, problem sets, and illustrations from acoustics, applied mechanics, antennas, and the stability of fluids and plasmas are featured throughout the text. A new chapter on numerical methods closes the book.
Included solutions and hundreds of references to the literature on the construction and use of Green's functions make Green's Functions with Applications, Second Edition a valuable sourcebook for practitioners as well as graduate students in the sciences and engineering.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Weight: 1270 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
About the Previous Edition
"Roughly speaking, Green's functions constitute infinitesimal matrix coefficients that one can use to solve linear nonhomogeneous differential equations in an approach alternative to that which depends on eigenvalue analysis. These techniques receive a mention in many books on differential equations. Duffy goes much further toward exposing the detailed workings of important examples (wave equation, heat equation, Hemholtz equation on various domains). ... Many plots help the reader picture the behavior of these functions. ... a valuable sourcebook."
-CHOICE Magazine, March 2002
"The focus of this book is predominantly on low-temperature plasmas, but it contains a wonderful depth of technical material and background for understanding in general much of the laboratory generated plasmas and various applications using laboratory generated plasmas.... Because it is so well written and illustrated, readers will be quickly able to understand and benefit from this book.
-IEEE Electrical Insulation (Nov/Dec 2016)