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The First Part Of This Book Begins With An Introduction To Matrices Through Linear Transformations On Vector Spaces, Followed By A Discussion On The Algebra Of Matrices, Special Matrices, Linear Equations, The Eigenvalue Problem, Bilinear And Quadratic Forms, Kronecker Sum And Product Of Matrices. Other Matrices Which Occur In Physics, Such As The Rotation Matrix, Pauli Spin Matrices And Dirac Matrices, Are Then Presented. A Brief Account Of Infinite Matrices From The Point Of View Of Matrix Formulation Of Quantum Mechanics Is Also Included. The Emphasis In This Part Is On Linear Dependence And Independence Of Vectors And Matrices, Linear Combinations, Independent Parameters Of Various Speci...

Vector spaces, matrices, and tensors in physics form an essential part of the mathematical background required by physicists. This book is written primarily as textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students and as a reference book for working physicists. Special emphasis is given to topics relevant to physics, for example linear independence and dependence of vectors, inner product, orthonormality, matrices as representations of linear transformations on vector spaces, similarity, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, diagonalization of matrices, expressing various physical quantities as tensors, tensorial formulation of vector algebra, calculus and geometry. The role of orthogonal, hermitian and unitary matrices in physics is highlighted.

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The second edition of this highly praised textbook provides an introduction to tensors, group theory, and their applications in classical and quantum physics. Both intuitive and rigorous, it aims to demystify tensors by giving the slightly more abstract but conceptually much clearer definition found in the math literature, and then connects this formulation to the component formalism of physics calculations. New pedagogical features, such as new illustrations, tables, and boxed sections, as well as additional “invitation” sections that provide accessible introductions to new material, offer increased visual engagement, clarity, and motivation for students. Part I begins with linear algeb...

It is an ideal companion for courses such as mathematical methods of physics, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and relativity.--Gary White, editor of The Physics Teacher "American Journal of Physics"

They have wide applications in a number of subjects ranging from solid state physics, solid/fluid mechanics to relativity and electromagnetics. This well-written book gives, in an easy-to-read style, a step-by-step and comprehensive understanding about the various concepts, theories and applications of vector spaces, matrices and tensors. The book equips the reader with the fundamental knowledge in such subjects as matrix theory, linear algebraic equations, applications of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalisation process, quadratic forms, Cartesian tensors and more.

"Remarkably comprehensive, concise and clear." — Industrial Laboratories "Considered as a condensed text in the classical manner, the book can well be recommended." — Nature Here is a clear introduction to classic vector and tensor analysis for students of engineering and mathematical physics. Chapters range from elementary operations and applications of geometry, to application of vectors to mechanics, partial differentiation, integration, and tensor analysis. More than 200 problems are included throughout the book.