Potential Theory

  • Lester L. Helms

Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

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About this book


Potential Theory presents a clear path from calculus to classical potential theory and beyond, with the aim of moving the reader into the area of mathematical research as quickly as possible. The subject matter is developed from first principles using only calculus. Commencing with the inverse square law for gravitational and electromagnetic forces and the divergence theorem, the author develops methods for constructing solutions of Laplace's equation on a region with prescribed values on the boundary of the region.

The latter half of the book addresses more advanced material aimed at those with the background of a senior undergraduate or beginning graduate course in real analysis. Starting with solutions of the Dirichlet problem subject to mixed boundary conditions on the simplest of regions, methods of morphing such solutions onto solutions of Poisson's equation on more general regions are developed using diffeomorphisms and the Perron-Wiener-Brelot method, culminating in application to Brownian motion.

In this new edition, many exercises have been added to reconnect the subject matter to the physical sciences. This book will undoubtedly be useful to graduate students and researchers in mathematics, physics, and engineering.


Absorbing Boundary Barrier Brelot Brownian Motion Caauchy Initial Value Problem Capacity Cartan's Energy Principle Choquet Dirichlet Problem Fine Topology Gauss' Integral Green Function Greenian Set Harmonic Function Harmonic Measure Irregular Boundary Point Kelvin Tranformation Method of Images Neumann Problem Newtonian Potential Perron-Wiener-Brelot Method Poisson Integral Formula Poisson's Equation Reflecting Boundary Reflection Principle Regular Boundary Point Subnewtonian Kernel Wiener's Test Zaremba Cone Condition

Authors and affiliations

  • Lester L. Helms
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  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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