Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Handbook Of Mathematical Formula And Integrals (4th Edition)
Allan Jeffrey, Hui-Hui Dai


Academic Press | English | ISBN: 978-0-12-374288-9 | PDF | Size 4.62 MB | 589 pages

Preface to the Fourth Edition

The preparation of the fourth edition of this handbook provided the opportunity to enlarge the sections on special functions and orthogonal polynomials, as suggested by many users of the third edition. A number of substantial additions have also been made elsewhere, like the enhancement of the description of spherical harmonics, but a major change is the inclusion of a completely new chapter on conformal mapping. Some minor changes that have been made are correcting of a few typographical errors and rearranging the last four chapters of the third edition into a more convenient form. A significant development that occurred during the later stages of preparation of this fourth edition was that my friend and colleague Dr. Hui-Hui Dai joined me as a co-editor. Chapter 30 on conformal mapping has been included because of its relevance to the solution of the Laplace equation in the plane. To demonstrate the connection with the Laplace equation, the chapter is preceded by a brief introduction that demonstrates the relevance of conformal mapping to the solution of boundary value problems for real harmonic functions in the plane. Chapter 30 contains an extensive atlas of useful mappings that display, in the usual diagrammatic way, how given analytic functions w = f(z) map regions of interest in the complex z-plane onto corresponding regions in the complex w-plane, and conversely. By forming composite mappings, the basic atlas of mappings can be extended to more complicated regions than those that have been listed. The development of a typical composite mapping is illustrated by using mappings from the atlas to construct a mapping with the property that a region of complicated shape in the z-plane is mapped onto the much simpler region comprising the upper half of the w-plane. By combining this result with the Poisson integral formula, described in another section of the handbook, a boundary value problem for the original, more complicated region can be solved in terms of a corresponding boundary value problem in the simpler region comprising the upper half of the w-plane. The chapter on ordinary differential equations has been enhanced by the inclusion of material describing the construction and use of the Green’s function when solving initial and boundary value problems for linear second order ordinary differential equations. More has been added about the properties of the Laplace transform and the Laplace and Fourier convolution theorems, and the list of Laplace transform pairs has been enlarged. Furthermore, because of their use with special techniques in numerical analysis when solving differential equations, a new section has been included describing the Jacobi orthogonal polynomials. The section on the Poisson integral formulas has also been enlarged, and its use is illustrated by an example. A brief description of the Riemann method for the solution of hyperbolic equations has been included because of the important theoretical role it plays when examining general properties of wave-type equations, such as their doains of dependence. For the convenience of users, a new feature of the handbook is a CD-ROM that contains the classified lists of integrals found in the book. These lists can be searched manually, and when results of interest have been located, they can be either printed out or used in papers or worksheets as required. This electronic material is introduced by a set of notes (also included in the following pages) intended to help users of the handbook by drawing attention to different notations and conventions that are in current use. If these are not properly understood, they can cause confusion when results from some other sources are combined with results from this handbook. Typically, confusion can occur when dealing with Laplace’s equation and other second order linear partial differential equations using spherical polar coordinates because of the occurrence of differing notations for the angles involved and also when working with Fourier transforms for which definitions and normalizations differ. Some explanatory notes and examples have also been provided to interpret the meaning and use of the inversion integrals for Laplace and Fourier transforms.


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