Hello,

I'm an undergraduate physics student at the University of Bremen,

Germany. Our lecturers in theoretical physics always expect a great

deal of mathematical knowledge from us in order to understand the

lesson. However, much of this knowledge is provided in other lessons

with a delay, or not provided at all. I in my first year of studying I

have spent a great amount of time on searching for books to find the

corresponding mathematical basics.

I believe that I know the German books on mathematics or mathematical

methods for physicists/engineers well, and I wanted to extend my scope

to English books. I was hoping to find books which teach mathematical

basics for theoretical physics and leave lots of space for practice,

like examples, exercises, and (if available) solutions. I have found

many English books similar to Arfken/Weber or Riley/Hobson/Bence, but

these compendium-like books are not very helpful to me because they

are too compressed.

So I would like to know which books for the purpose of teaching

mathematical skills are used for undergraduate students or beginner

students in physics at your Universities? I would be very grateful if

you could recommend me several books which choose a simple approach

and leave much room for examples/practice.

Bye,

Alexander