# Special Functions in Applied Mathematics

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## Abstract

Certain mathematical functions occur often enough in fields like physics and engineering to warrant special consideration. They form a class of well-studied functions with an extensive literature and, appropriately enough, are collectively called *special functions*. These functions carry such names as Bessel functions, Laguerre functions, and the like. Most of the special functions encountered in such applications have a common root in their relation to the *hypergeometric function*. The purpose of this book is to establish this relationship and use it to obtain many of the interesting and important properties of the special functions met in applied mathematics.

## Keywords

Power Series Special Function Gamma Function Hypergeometric Function Resonant Cavity## Preview

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## References

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