Mathematical Modelling for Earth Sciences by Xin-She YangMathematical modelling and computer simulations are an essential part of the analytical toolset used by earth scientists. Computer simulations based on mathematical models are routinely used to study geophysical, environmental, and geological processes in many areas of work and research from geophysics to petroleum engineering and from hydrology to environmental fluid dynamics. Author Xin-She Yang has carefully selected the topics which will be of most value to students. Dr. Yang has recognized the need to be careful in his examples while being comprehensive enough to include important topics and popular algorithms. The book is designed to be 'theorem-free' while balancing formality and practicality. Using worked examples and tackling each problem in a step-by-step manner, the text is especially suitable for more advanced students of this aspect of earth sciences. The coverage and level, for instance in the calculus of variation and pattern formation, will be of interest to mathematici
ISBN: 9781906716745
Publication Date: 2008-04-17
Introductory Mathematics for Earth Scientists by Xin-She YangAny quantitative work in earth sciences requires mathematical analysis to a certain degree and many mathematical methods are essential to the modelling and analysis of the geological, geophysical and environmental processes widely studied in earth sciences. In this book Dr Yang provides an introduction to the fundamental mathematics that all earth scientists need. The book is self-contained and provides an essential toolkit of basic mathematics for earth scientists assuming no more than a standard secondary school level maths as its starting point. The topics of earth sciences are vast and multidisciplinary, and consequently the mathematical tools required by its students are diverse and complex. Thus the author strikes a fine balance between coverage and detail. Topics have been selected to provide a concise but comprehensive introductory coverage of all the major and popular mathematical methods. The book offers a 'theorem-free' approach with an emphasis on practicality. With dozens of step-by-step worked examples, the book is especially suitable for non-mathematicians and geoscientists. The topics include binomial theorem, index notations, polynomials, sequences and series, trigonometry, spherical trigonometry, complex numbers, vectors and matrices, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, Fourier transforms, numerical methods, and geostatistics. Introductory Mathematics for Earth Scientists introduces a wide range of fundamental and yet widely-used mathematical methods. It is designed for use by undergraduate students, though postgraduate students will also find it a helpful reference and aide memoire.