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Engineering Electromagnetics Hardcover – August 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 000-0387201564 ISBN-10: 0387201564 Edition: 2nd

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The applications involving electromagnetism are so pervasive that it is difficult to estimate their contribution to modern life: generation and transmission of electric energy, electric motors and actuators, radio, television, magnetic information storage, and even the mundane little magnet used to hold papers to the refrigerator all use electromagnetic fields.

This text not only provides students with a good theoretical understanding of electromagnetic field equations but it also treats a large number of applications. No topic is presented unless it is directly applicable to engineering design or unless it is needed for the understanding of another topic.

Included in this new edition are:

More than 400 examples and exercises, exercising every topic in the book

600 end-of-chapter problems, many of them applications or simplified applications

A new chapter introducing numerical methods into the electromagnetic curriculum discusses the finite element, finite difference and moment methods.

The book is a comprehensive two-semester textbook. It is written in simple terms with all details of derivations included and all steps in solutions listed. It requires little beyond basic calculus and can be used for self-study. The wealth of examples and alternative explanations makes it very approachable by students.

About the Author:

Nathan Ida, Ph.D. is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron. He serves on the editorial board for four international journals and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Magnetics, Microwaves, Antenna and Propagation Societies.

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  • Hardcover: 1236 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387201564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387201566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Firstly, all three books are good.
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This is indeed the best book I have ever seen on electromagnetic theory.
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The book is well written with a good number of examples and derivations.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2005
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I recently bought Engineering Electromagnetics (second edition) by Nathan Ida. It has since become my favourite book on the subject, along with Field and Wave Electromagnetics (second edition) by Cheng. I own six electromagnetics books, of which the two best known are the one by Cheng (aforementioned) and Electromagnetics with Applications by Kraus (sixth edition). I now compare these three books, referring to them as Ida, Cheng, and Kraus.

Firstly, all three books are good. All three are of similar level, suitable for EE undergraduates. (Ida and Cheng use matrices wherever appropriate, but Kraus never uses matrices, not even to simplify the discussion.) All three books display personal enthusiasm for the subject-matter. For example, Ida provides many interesting historical footnotes.

Secondly, Ida has 1235 pages whereas Cheng has 703 and Kraus has 617. It is tempting to attribute this to the fact that Ida tends to explain things with more words (something which I appreciate), but this is not the case because this would not account for more than 10 percent of the total book size. The true reason for the book's length is the in-depth discussion of theory, and the many many applications of the theory. In effect, it combines the best of Cheng (which is good for principles) and the best of Kraus (which is okay for applications). Ida actually far exceeds Kraus in many important applications, e.g. transformers, Smith chart, and numerical methods for boundary-value problems.

Thirdly, all three books are generous in providing answers to end-of-chapter problems. Ida goes one step further by giving answers to ALL problems except a handful of discussion-type questions. Moreover, the problems are categorized under headings so that you can zero in on an area of interest.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 25, 2008
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...and that's because the kitchen sink has nothing to do with electromagnetics. This is the most readable text I've ever found on this topic. I'm in a position where I need to remember something I never really learned in the first place thirty years after the fact. In my undergrad EM classes the texts were bad, the instructors were worse. One was the head of the department, the other two had specialties in image science and were totally uninterested in teaching this subject other than it being the prerequisite for receiving a paycheck. This book starts from the beginning assuming only a background in calculus. Vector algebra and vector calculus, including transformations between coordinate systems are covered in detail with wonderful worked out examples. This pattern holds throughout the text - introduce some theory, work a simple example, introduce some more theory, work a couple of more complex examples, and at the end of the text pull it all together with a combination of simple and complex problems. The book only uses definitions and topics that have been defined and covered previously in the book. About the only unexplained acronyms you'll find are those such as FM and TV.

The author will often take up to three chapters to really cover a subject. For example, chapter 3 introduces the electric field, chapter 4 continues with Gauss' Law, and Chapter 4 continues with analytical methods for the solution of electrostatic problems. At the end of the book you reach transmission line theory and antenna design - and you'll understand it. Most of the latter chapters contain a section on experiments. I've been self-teaching using this as a source and I haven't needed to consult another human being or another textbook. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Walton C. Gibson on March 10, 2005
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This is a very, very good text for students new to electromagnetics. Mr. Ida uses lengthy, descriptive narratives to describe the important concepts in introductory field theory, and he goes the extra mile in making sure the student understands what these concepts mean. He accomplishes this through exemplary conceptual discussions and a collection of excellent example problems. His thoroughness justifies the 1200 page length of the text.

There is really nothing bad to say about this book, besides that the figures are obviously drawn by Mr. Ida or an assistant and are occasionally more difficult to read than figures drawn by a professional illustrator. In several examples, it also appears that the students solving the problems for Ida used a table of integrals instead of integrating the functions themselves; in several examples this resulted in more work than would have been required by straightforward integration methods.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2000
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I really think this is a very good book. It has a major advantage over other books in this area in that it covers fundamental analytical theory and then numerical calculations. Thus the reader can go from start to finish and learn the theory as well as how practical solutions are found for many types of machines. This book is especially interesting for those who need to study electromagnetics in order to design better electric machines. Both senior electrical engineering students and mechanical engineering graduates students could learn alot from this book. It explains both the variational approach and the galerkin approach to the finite element method in the context of the theory explained in previous chapters.
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