|PHY W3003 Additional Resources
||Here are some
notes on basics of differential equations.
This book (note the link takes you off the page) is available on line or for purchase. It presents an elementary discussion of differential equations. The notation and some of the concepts differ from those we use in class.
are some notes on phase portraits of solutions of
Chapter 1 of Ordinary Differential Equations by Jordan and Smith has a nice if compact discussion of phase plots, at a level a bit more advanced than is this course.
||R. Shankar, Basic Training in Mathematics:
A Fitness Program for Science Students, is a
very useful introduction to a range of mathematical
techniques that physics students need to know
||Fourier Analysis by T. W. Korner is a
delightful introduction to the mathematical aspects of
the subject--at an ``elementary'' (to a mathematician)
level and with many interesting historical asides.
||Introduction to Linear Algebra by Gilbert
Strang. This is (justifiably) the classic reference.
|Two-body central force
||Notes on the two-body
central force problem
||Notes on the
normal modes of an equal mass, equal spring constant