Based on the successful multi-edition book “The Physics ofVibrations and Waves” by John Pain, the authors carry overthe simplicity and logic of the approach taken in the originalfirst edition with its focus on the patterns underlying andconnecting so many aspects of physical behavior, whilst bringingthe subject up-to-date so it is relevant to teaching in the21st century.
The transmission of energy by wave propagation is a key conceptthat has applications in almost every branch of physics withtransmitting mediums essentially acting as a continuum of coupledoscillators. The characterization of these simple oscillators interms of three parameters related to the storage, exchange, anddissipation of energy forms the basis of this book. The text movesnaturally on from a discussion of basic concepts such as dampedoscillations, diffraction and interference to more advanced topicssuch as transmission lines and attenuation, wave guides, diffusion,Fourier series, and electromagnetic waves in dielectrics andconductors. Throughout the text the emphasis on the underlyingprinciples helps readers to develop their physics insight as an aidto problem solving.
This book provides undergraduate students of physics andengineering with the mathematical tools required for full masteryof the concepts. With worked examples presented throughout thetext, as well as the Problem sets concluding each chapter, thistextbook will enable students to develop their skills and measuretheir understanding of each topic step-by-step.
Review of “The Physics of Vibrations and Waves6e“
This is an excellent textbook, full of interesting material clearlyexplained and fully worthy of being studied by future contributors..." Journal of Sound and Vibration
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