- Paperback: 227 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (9 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107643260
- ISBN-13: 978-1107643260
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,98,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Student's Guide to Waves Paperback – 9 Apr 2015
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'I recommend this supplementary textbook as a clear tutorial for understanding the basic concepts of waves and the wave equation with its applications to mechanics, electromagnetic waves and the Schrӧdinger equation. … It is written for undergraduates in physics and engineering, but it also has exceptional value to a wider readership. … Physical insights that are helpful for a deep understanding of waves are uniquely presented. The text is supplemented with clear and useful graphs. The book's website contains additional resources: worked solutions to all problems, animated graphics, a few errata, and author podcasts to augment all the chapters.' Barry R. Masters, Optics and Photonics News
Written to complement course textbooks, this book focuses on the topics that students find most difficult. It uses plain language to explain fundamental ideas, and features exercises and fully-worked examples. Ideal for undergraduates in physics and engineering, the book is supported by a suite of online resources.See all Product description
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Like the other "Student's guides" written by Daniel Fleisch, this one caused a sentiment of "why didn't they tell me this before" ? Why are there so many textbooks full of unnecessary, non relevant detail, clobbering the main issues and just impeding true understanding ? Where the authors seem to concentrate on impressing their audience by their own knowledge, rather than fostering real understanding with their readers.
Great book, highly recommended ! (needless to say: I bought all Students's guides written by Fleisch)
The book felt a lot more verbose than the Maxwell guide, this one about waves is actually twice the size of the Maxwell guide. One could argue that its a more general topic, and it is, it will attract many different readers since it covers many different topics from mechanical motion, EM and even the Schrödinger wave equation. The author will provide good introductions to such topics, which is nice to have, however I kind of miss the beauty and the simplicity of the Maxwell guide, in which whenever you want to check something out, you can quickly find what you are looking for, in this Waves guide you need to go through a lot more paragraphs(even pages) of explanations to get the info that you need.
Overall I would say it was a great buy!