Other Linear Problems

  • Ingram Bloch


We have now devoted fourteen chapters—Chapter 8 was a digression—to a few rather simple systems that can be quite thoroughly analyzed by linear mathematical techniques. The systems treated were deliberately chosen to be simple, so that the methods of analysis would be as clear as possible. Now, in order to convey a better idea of the variety of systems to which these methods are applicable, we look briefly at some other phenomena that are describable by linear equations.


Wave Equation Sound Wave Centripetal Force Adiabatic Change Plane Sound Wave 


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  1. 1.
    The behavior of gases in adiabatic change is discussed in most books of thermodynamics, for example, Zemansky M.W. and Dittman, RH. Heat and Thermodynamics, 6th ed., New York: McGraw Hill, 1981.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    A good general reference on the equations discussed in this chapter is Morse, P.M. and Feshbach, H. Methods of Theoretical Physics. New York, McGraw Hill, 1953.Google Scholar

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