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Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics (6th Edition) Hardcover – March 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0132139311 ISBN-10: 0132139316 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (March 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132139316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132139311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Book is very well laid out.
C. Hobbs
This problem is exacerbated by a near total lack of useful examples, which is a must have for engineering classes.
luciasar
I wish we were using a better book for this class!
Noely

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hasan on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am an EE undergrad, and this was the assigned textbook in my third year electrodynamics course. I used Cheng's book before. Cheng's book has a more theoretical approarch and mathematical rigorousness. Ulaby's book, however, is superior when it comes to building an intution or an 'engineering sense' of how systems work and how to solve problems. I would definitely recommend this book for the second/third year EE major whose studying the topic for the first time as the book offers a very accessible introduction and many end-of-chapter problems that are actually doable and can enhance your understading of the subject matter; unlike cheng's problem sets which can get very difficult/challenging.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alberliu on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was actually a pleasant surprise. Being a physics oriented student with very little interest in optimization problems etc. this book made learning the topic bearable. It's obvious that the book is aimed towards lower level undergrads, which is great in that every step is shown in clear detail, but make some of the sections a little longer than necessary. A good deal of effort is also made in explaining the theory behind the equations as well, which is nice. I must also mention the presentation of the book itself, which is very, very nice. It is surprising how much of a difference some color and nice diagrams make in keeping the reader's attention. Also a very streamlined, lightweight textbook. If you've read Circuits by Ulaby as well, this book is in keeping with the same pleasant style of writing and presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noely on March 15, 2014
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I've been using this book for most of the semester now and it lacks... a lot. It'll give you tons of equations and theory, but no ways (or very few ways) to actually apply either. It's quite frustrating to have to rely solely on my professor for suitable examples, especially for a class that is as difficult as this (Electromagnetics). I wish we were using a better book for this class!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By #0programmer on June 1, 2014
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I got this book for a semester, and as it turned out the professor wanted to use a different one, and I think that was a good choice, I think the other explained things more clearly in English before jumping into equations. I would sometimes check back to see what this book had to say, and some things helped, but for the most part this book wasn't as helpful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By luciasar on October 14, 2013
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I've had this book for an undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering course in waves and transmission lines. In general, I would say that the book is a mess - it doesn't explain things coherently, jumps between unrelated subjects within the chapter, and fails to link equations in meaningful ways. Our homework problems for the class were assigned directly out of the book, and the students quickly began to describe them as "scavenger hunts" - when you found the equations you needed from the chapter text, the problems were quite easy, but you'd spend more than half the time looking for them and trying to deduce from the text whether they were contextually the right ones to use. Many students would give up on using the text at all and would skip straight to online solution manuals, not to copy answers but simply to find comprehensive lists of the correct equations.
This problem is exacerbated by a near total lack of useful examples, which is a must have for engineering classes. Proper example problems that use the equations and concepts of a chapter are the cornerstone of teaching difficult mathematics and design techniques, but such practical uses are few and far between in Ulaby's text, and tend to be difficult to follow if not entirely incomprehensible. I found the chapter on basic electrostatics to be especially shocking - most physics texts cover the same material in half the space, and include extensive examples of the equations in use, but this text takes almost 30 pages of redundant equations and tangential explanations with almost no useful examples on potential or derivational technique.
In general, if you have a choice, I'd say avoid this text. If not, be prepared to make the most out of online resources, and keep another physics textbook on hand for reference. All the essentials are there, but some major revisions will have to be done to make future editions accessible and useful to students of engineering and the applied sciences.
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This is not only one of the best Emag text books I have used but one of the best text books, period. As an electrical engineering major, seeing this material for the first time, this textbook was perfect. Just enough theory without drowning you with endless derivations and useless background information. "Just the facts" The explanations were easy to follow and the example problems very helpful.

I have noticed several negative reviews of this book. Whether or not you like this book basically comes down to what type of student you are. If you are an EE who is taking an introductory course and doesn't need endless, super in depth (i.e. confusing) explanations of every minutia of the subject, then this book is perfect. If you are a physics or math major who enjoys endlessly pondering the finer mathematical points of electromagnetism for 27 hours a day, then there are probably better textbooks out there. If you are doing your PhD dissertation in an abstract, theoretical, highly focused area of Emag, again, there are more in depth textbooks for you to use.
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