Mathematics for Physicists and Engineers: Fundamentals and by Klaus Weltner

By Klaus Weltner

Mathematics is the elemental language in physics and engineering. it truly is an important device which first and moment yr scholars need to grasp once attainable. an absence of competence in arithmetic is the most cause of failure and drop out at first sessions of study.

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7 Magnitude of a Vector If the components of a vector in a rectangular coordinate system are known, the magnitude of the vector is obtained with the aid of Pythagoras’ theorem. e. a = (ax , ay ). Since the vector and its components form a right-angled triangle, we have a2 = ax 2 + ay 2 and the magnitude of the vector is |a| = a = Fig. 5a) 16 1 Vector Algebra I: Scalars and Vectors Fig. 22 The three-dimensional vector a = (ax , ay , az ) shown in Fig. 60 The distance between two points in space is thus easily determined if the components are known.

Weber, J. Grosjean, P. 2 The Concept of a Function We now investigate the exact mathematical description of the dependence of two quantities. Example Consider a spring fixed at one end and stretched at the other end, as shown in Fig. 1. This results in a force which opposes the stretching or displacement. Two quantities can be measured: the displacement x in metres (m); the force F in newtons (N). Measurements are carried out for several values of x. Thus we obtain a series of paired values for x and F associated with each other.

For instance, the equation y= ax 2 ± (1 − x 2 )2 + bx 2 mentioned previously, is two-valued but the negative root has no physical meaning. g. restricting the value of y to the positive root; √ thus y = + x is unambiguous. This is√a function; its range of values is y ≥ 0. From for the square root, the positive root is to now on, whenever we use the symbol be understood. 1 Coordinate System, Position Vector Many functions can easily be represented graphically. Graphs are usually based on a rectangular coordinate system known as a Cartesian system (after the French mathematician Descartes).

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