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This third edition of "Generalized Functions" expands the treatment of fundamental concepts and theoretical background material and delineates connections to a variety of applications in mathematical physics, elasticity, wave propagation, magnetohydrodynamics, linear systems, probability and statistics, optimal control problems in economics, and more. In applying the powerful tools of generalized functions to better serve the needs of physicists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, this work is quite distinct from other books on the subject.Key new topics and important features:* Examination of the Poisson Summation Formula and the concepts of differential forms and the delta distribution on wave fronts* Enhanced presentation of the Schroedinger, Klein-Gordon, Helmholtz, heat and wave equations* Exposition driven by additional examples and exercises * Comprehensive bibliography and index* Prerequisites: advanced calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations-----From the Reviewers:"Kanwal's book is a worthy member of this company [Gelfand and Shilov, Semanian, Friedman, Jones, and Barros-Neto]. Its strength lies in the application to classical physics..[it presents] a wealth of applications that cannot be found in any other single source.Kanwal has written a valuable book accessible to first-year graduate students in physics and engineering."--Ivar Stakgold, Mathematics, University of Delaware"The advantage of this text is in carefully gathered examples explaining how to use corresponding properties.. Even the standard material connecting with partial and ordinary differential equations is rewritten in modern terminology."--Zentralblatt

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Title:Generalized Functions: Theory And ApplicationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pagesPublished:July 23, 2004Publisher:Birkhäuser BostonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0817643435

ISBN - 13:9780817643430

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition * Preface to the Second Edition * Preface to the First Edition * Chapter 1. The Dirac Delta Function and Delta Sequences * 1.1 The Heaviside Function * 1.2 The Dirac Delta Function * 1.3 The Delta Sequences * 1.4 A Unit Dipole * 1.5 The Heaviside Sequences * Exercises * Chapter 2. The Schwartz-Sobolev Theory of Distributions * 2.1 Some Introductory Definitions * 2.2 Test Functions * 2.3 Linear Functionals and the Schwartz-Sobolev Theory of Distributions * 2.4 Examples * 2.5 Algebraic Operations on Distributions * 2.6 Analytic Operations on Distributions * 2.7 Examples * 2.8 The Support and Singular Support of a Distribution Exercises * Chapter 3. Additional Properties of Distributions * 3.1 Transformation Properties of the Delta Distributions * 3.2 Convergence of Distributions * 3.3 Delta Sequences with Parametric Dependence * 3.4 Fourier Series * 3.5 Examples * 3.6 The Delta Function as a Stieltjes Integral Exercises * Chapter 4. Distributions Defined by Divergent Integrals * 4.1 Introduction * 4.2 The Pseudofunction H(x)/x n , n = 1, 2,3, * 4.3 Functions with Algebraic Singularity of Order m * 4.4 Examples * Exercises * Chapter 5. Distributional Derivatives of Functions with Jump Discontinuities * 5.1 Distributional Derivatives in R 1 * 5.2 Moving Surfaces of Discontinuity in R n , n 2 * 5.3 Surface Distributions * 5.4 Various Other Representations * 5.5 First-Order Distributional Derivatives * 5.6 Second Order Distributional Derivatives * 5.7 Higher-Order Distributional Derivatives * 5.8 The Two-Dimensional Case * 5.9 Examples * 5.10 The Function Pf ( l/r ) and its Derivatives * Chapter 6. Tempered Distributions and the Fourier Transforms * 6.1 Preliminary Concepts * 6.2 Distributions of Slow Growth (Tempered Distributions) * 6.3 The Fourier Transform * 6.4 Examples * Exercises * Chapter 7. Direct Products and Convolutions of Distributions * 7.1 Definition of the Direct Product * 7.2 The Direct Product of Tempered Distributions * 7.3 The Fourier Transform of the Direct Product of Tempered Distributions * 7.4 The Convolution * 7.5 The Role of Convolution in the Regularization of the Distributions * 7.6 The Dual Spaces E and E' * 7.7 Examples * 7.8 The Fourier Transform of the Convolution * 7.9 Distributional Solutions of Integral Equations * Exercises * Chapter 8. The Laplace Transform * 8.1 A Brief Discussion of the Classical Results * 8.2 The Laplace Transform of the Distributions * 8.3 The Laplace Transform of the Distributional Derivatives and Vice Versa * 8.4 Examples * Exercises * Chapter 9. Applications to Ordinary Differential Equations * 9.1 Ordinary Differential Operators * 9.2 Homogeneous Differential Equations * 9.3 Inhomogeneous Differentational Equations: The Integral of a Distribution * 9.4 Examples * 9.5 Fundamental Solutions and Green's Functions * 9.6 Second Order Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients * 9.7 Eigenvalue Problems * 9.8 Second Order Differential Equations with Variable Coefficients * 9.9 Fourth Order Differential Equations * 9.10 Differential Equations of n th Order * 9.11 Ordinary Differential Equations with Singular Coefficients * Exercises * Chapter 10. Applications to Partial Differential Equations * 10.1 Introduction * 10.2 Classical and Generalized Solutions * 10.3 Fundamental Solutions * 10.4 The Cauchy-Riemann Operator * 10.5 The Transport Operator * 10.6 The Laplace Operator * 10.7 The Heat Operator * 10.8 The Schroedinger Operator * 10.9 The Helmholtz Operator * 10.10 The Wave Operator * 10.11 The Inhomogeneous Wave Equation * 10.12 The Klein-Gordon Operator * Exercises * Chapter 11. Applications to Boundary Value Problems * 11.1 Poisson's Equation * 11.2 Dumbbell-Shaped Bodies * 11.3 Uniform Axial Distributions * 11.4 Linear Axial Distributions * 11.5 Parabolic Axial Distributions * 11.6 The Four-Order Polynomial Distribution, n = 7; Spheroidal Cavities * 11.7 The Polarization Tensor for a Spheroid * 11.8 The Virtual Mass Tensor for a Spheroid * 11.9 The Electric and Magnetic Polarizability Tensors * 11.10 The Distributional Approach to Scattering Theory * 11.11 Stokes Flow * 11.12 Displacement-Type Boundary Value Problems in Elastostatics * 11.13 The Extension to Elastodynamics * 11.14 Distributions on Arbitrary Lines * 11.15 Distributions on Plane Curves * 11.16 Distributions on a Circular Disk * Chapter 12. Applications to Wave Propagation * 12.1 Introduction * 12.2 The Wave Equation * 12.3 First-Order Hyperbolic Systems * 12.4 Aerodynamic Sound Generation * 12.5 The Rankine-Hugoniot Conditions * 12.6 Wave Fronts That Carry Infinite Singularities * 12.7 Kinematics of Wave Fronts * 12.8 Derivation of the Transport Theorems for Wave Fronts * 12.9 Propagation of Wave Fronts Carrying Multilayer Densities * 12.10 Generalized Functions with Support on the Light Cone * 12.11 Examples * Chapter 13. Interplay Between Generalized Functions and the Theory of Moments * 13.1 The Theory of Moments * 13.2 Asymptotic Approximation of Integrals * 13.3 Applications to the Singular Perturbation Theory * 13.4 Applications to Number Theory * 13.5 Distributional Weight Functions for Orthogonal Polynomials * 13.6 Convolution Type Integral Equations Revisited * 13.7 Further Applications * Chapter 14. Linear Systems * 14.1 Operators * 14.2 The Step Response * 14.3 The Impulse Response * 14.4 The Response to an Arbitrary Input * 14.5 Generalized Functions as Impulse Response Functions * 14.6 The Transfer Function * 14.7 Discrete-Time Systems * 14.8 The Sampling Theorem * Chapter 15. Miscellaneous Topics * 15.1 Applications to Probability and Statistics * 15.2 Applications to Mathematical Economics * 15.3 Periodic Generalized Functions * 15.4 Microlocal Theory * References * Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book on generalized functions is suitable for physicists, engineers and applied mathematicians. The author presents the notion of generalized functions, their properties and their applications for solving ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations. ...The author demonstrates through various examples that familiarity with generalized functions is very helpful for students in mathematics, physical sciences and technology. The proposed exercises are very good for better understanding of notions and properties presented in the chapters. The book contains new topics and important features."-Mathematica"The advantage of this text is in carefully gathered examples explaining how to use corresponding properties.... Even the standard material connecting with partial and ordinary differential equations is rewritten in modern terminology." -Zentralblatt (Review of a previous edition)"The author has done an excellent job in presenting examples and in displaying the calculational techniques associated with distributions and the applications. Throughout the book there are a wealth of examples concerning the distributional topics and caluclations introduced and concering the applications, and the examples are presented in detail." ---Zentralblatt (Review of the 1st edition)"The collaboration of physicists or engineers and mathematics, which is more and more popular and necessary in modern investigations, requires.a common language. The book under review provides this language.. [It] is a well written book, most of the material is accessible to senior undergraduate and graduate students in mathematical, physical and engineering sciences.. [The] book will [also] be useful.for specialists in ODEs, PDEs, functional analysis, [and] physicists, engineers, and lecturers."-Acta. Sci. Math. (Review of a previous edition)"An exceptionally clear exposition... The exercises at the end of each chapter are well-chosen." -The American Mathematical Monthly (Review of a previous edition)"This fully revised edition of well-received book expands the treatment of fundamental concepts and theoretical background material delineates connections to a variety of applications in mathematical physics, elasticity, wave propagation, magnetohydrodynamics, linear systems, probability and statistics, optical control problems in economics, and more. It has many new topics and [features] driven by additional examples and exercises. . . It presents a wealth of applications that connot be found in any other single source. the book will be important reading for graduate students in physics and engineering."--- Educational Book Review