Synopses & Reviews
This book is designed as a text for an undergraduate course on vibrations and waves. The overall objectives of the book are to lead the student through the basic physical concepts of vibrations and waves and to demonstrate how these concepts unify a wide variety of familiar physics. This new edition contains an elementary, descriptive introduction to the important ideas of chaos. The author has also taken pains to update the applications. As with previous editions, the book contains numerous problems with hints and numerical solutions.
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"...an excellent book which can be thoroughly recommended either for use as a text for an undergraduate course introducing the student to many of the widely-pervading notions connected with vibrations and waves, or indeed for anyone who feels the need to broaden his knowledge in this sphere." Nature
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"This second edition is undeniably even better and should become a standard text for waves courses in many disciplines, in addition to its original home in a physics department." Physics Education
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"...A masterful accomplishment." American Journal of Physics
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"...[has] gone beyond the diet of springs and strings that dominates the traditional, unimaginative waves-and-oscillations course....[brings] in plenty of real-world applications such as transmission of electromagnetic waves, and lead[s] the reader to quantum theory in a mainly painless introduction." Tania Monteiro, New Scientist
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Third edition of one of our most successful undergraduate texts in physics.
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The third edition of this undergraduate texts in physics.
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This book is designed both for use as a text for and initial undergraduate course on vibrations and waves, and for a reference at later stages when more advanced topics or applications are met. As such it is suitable for undergraduates at all levels in physics or and physics-based discipline concerned with vibrations and waves.
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This revised new edition of a text for an undergraduate course contains an elementary, descriptive introduction to the important ideas of chaos. The applications have also been updated. As with the previous edition, the text contains numerous problems with hints and numerical solutions.
Table of Contents
1. Free vibrations; 2. Free vibrations in physics; 3. Damping; 4. Damping in physics; 5. Forced vibrations; 6. Forced vibrations in physics; 7. Anharmonic vibrations; 8. Two-coordinate vibrations; 9. Non-dispersive waves; 10. Non-dispersive waves in physics; 11. Fourier theory; 12. Dispersion; 13. Water waves; 14. Electromagnetic waves; 15. De Broglie waves; 16. Solitary waves; 17. Plane waves at boundaries; 18. Diffraction; Answers to problems, and hints for solution; Constants and units; Index.