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Electromagnetic Vibrations, Waves, and Radiation [Paperback]

George Bekefi , Alan H. Barrett
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September 15, 1977 0262520478 978-0262520478

This text was developed over a five-year period during which its authors were teaching the subject. It is the culmination of successful editions of class notes and preliminary texts prepared for their one-semester course at MIT designed for sophomores majoring in physics but taken by students from other departments as well.The book describes the features that vibrations and waves of all sorts have in common and includes examples of mechanical, acoustical, and optical manifestations of these phenomena that unite various parts of physics. The main emphasis, however, is on the oscillatory aspects of the electromagnetic field -- that is, on the vibrations, waves, radiation, and the interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter. The content is designed primarily for the use of second or third year students of physics who have had a semester of mechanics and a semester of electricity and magnetism. The aim throughout is to provide a mathematically unsophisticated treatment of the subject, but one that stresses modern applications of the principles involved. Descriptions of devices that embody such principles -- such as seismometers, magnetrons, thermo-nuclear fusion experimental configurations, and lasers -- are introduced at appropriate points in the text to illustrate the theoretical concepts. Many illustrations from astrophysics are also included.

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  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 15, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262520478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262520478
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent introduction to EM Waves September 20, 2000
This is a excellent text for undergraduates in physics or EE to understand the fundamental electromagnetic properties of vibrations, waves and radiation. It supplements Purcell's very well. Having studied it, you are equipped with solid understanding and can go on into Optics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MIT online reference August 25, 2009
By Rch Eng
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MITonline offers the course based on this book for free. The course is great! This book is a less engaging, but a more comprehensive version of A.P. French's original text for the course. There are many gems in the book, such as insights into microwave oven fundamentals, that are not present in basic texts. Beware the softcover binding, it needs a gentle hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good textbook despite 40 years old May 15, 2013
By ubpdqn
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This book is some 40 years old. I, however, found it very instructive and enjoyable. It forms part of the Syllabus of the Lewin MIT 8.03 course. I now understand why. The book is clearly written. The book is filled with worked examples that are interesting and flow from the text. There is consistent explicit use of units and after examples are used they are put in context of the text,

The book covers: oscillations, waves, electromagnetic radiation, transmission of electromagnetic radiation, reflection, refraction, scattering, interaction of electromagnetic fields with matter, diffraction/interference and coherence. This journey is based on classical physics. The authors, however, are quick to point out the limitations of this approach but defend t he practice based on the reasonableness of the approximation for the scale of domain under consideration and the use of expectation values.

The color of the sky, why gold is yellow and silver shiny gray and the frequency dependence of a number of other phenomena as discussed. One example illustrated the tissue penetration of microwave energy into biological tissues. These were all delightful examples.

I am certain that I am completely ignorant of a number of limitations of this book. I also cannot hope to have deep insights into the necessity of quantum mechanics for the nanoscale understanding. However, the clarity and well organized nature of this 40 year old book has certainly diminished my ignorance in a constructive manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars truly excellent August 21, 2013
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This is a truly excellent book. If covered all, I would say MIT sophomore is extremely well trained for such a foundation (MIT's freshman physics and math classes are on the average not the best on international level, though perhaps the best within US). I am teaching physics at college, and this book contains foundations and applications well blended and thoroughly covered. The book's choice of application topics is admittedly on electromagnetics, so a bit "outdated". However, this does not diminish the book's overall quality.
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