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ISBN-13: 978-0470011898 ISBN-10: 0470011890 Edition: 1st

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"Each chapter is accompanied by a set of problems that form an important part of the book. The book could be used by undergraduate students taking a course in oscillation or wave physics." (Zentralblatt MATH, 2010)

"The text concisely describes vibrations and waves through mathematical equations with an emphasis on their physical meaning." (Outrider, January 2010)

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The Manchester Physics Series
General Editors: F.K. Loebinger; F. Mandl; D.J. Sandiford, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester

Properties of Matter: B.H. Flowers and E Mendoza

Statistical Physics, Second Edition: F. Mandl

Electromagnetism, Second Edition: I.S. Grant and W.R.Phillips

Statistics, R.J. Barlow

Solid State Physics, Second Edition: J.R. Hook and H.E. Hall

Quantum Mechanics, F. Mandl

Computing for Scientists, R.J. Barlow and A.R. Barnett

The Physics of Stars, Second Edition, A.C. Phillips

Nuclear Physics, J.S. Lilley

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, A.C. Phillips

Particle Physics, Third Edition: B.R. Martin and G. Shaw

Dynamics and Relativity, J.R. Forshaw and A.G. Smith

Vibrations and Waves, G.C. King

Vibrations and Waves is based on an introductory course given regularly by the author. The text provides the student with a thorough grounding in the theory of vibrations and waves.

Throughout the book, the fundamental principles of vibrations and waves are emphasised so that these principles can be applied to a wide range of oscillating systems and to different kinds of waves.

The text, which is divided into two sections, vibrations followed by waves, follows a logical progression from the simple harmonic oscillator to waves in continuous media.

Vibrations and Waves includes:

  • Vibrations and waves beautifully and concisely described in terms of the mathematical equations used throughout the book
  • Worked examples throughout
  • Problems ranging in difficulty from simple to challenging

Solutions and hints to the problems at the end of the book

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470011890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470011898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Not Available on July 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
before you read this review, please keep in mind that constructing smooth paragraph isn't my thing. I hope to make that up with a detailed review. As the topic suggests, this review is about examples and end up chapter problems in this book. That said, here's some rough stat on 'em...

Chapter 1: Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)
4 examples, 13 end of chapter problems

Chapter 2: The Damped Harmonic Oscillator
3 examples, 8 end of chapter problems

Chapter 3: Forced Oscillations
3 examples, 12 end of chapter problems

Chapter 4: Coupled Oscillators
2 examples, 10 end of chapter problems

Chapter 5: Travelling Waves
2 examples, 15 end of chapter problems

Chapter 6: Standing Waves
3 examples, 15 end of chapter problems

Chapter 7: Interference and Diffraction of Waves
0 examples, 11 end of chapter problems

Chapter 8: The Dispersion of Waves
2 examples, 11 end of chapter problems

You might be thinking this is too few but let me tell you something, this is a fair job for a book with 242 pages. These examples aren't "plug and chuck 2 line examples" like most other books do. Instead, they are lengthy ones. A couple of them go as long as two pages.

It's remarkable that all end of chapter problems have solution (not just answer key, but worked out solutions) at the end of the book. In relatively easier (especially early questions like #1 or #2) author sometimes takes freedom of just showing the answer...but this is no biggie. The rest have detailed enough solutions.

Another thing worth mentioning is usages of figures and diagrams in the book. The author adds figures whenever possible.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Tenreiro Leiva on February 26, 2011
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I have been using this book for teaching undergraduate students at Engineering Faculty and, as you may guess, I also use MIT book. The book by King does exactly what it is promised by its author (good consistency on its purpose which is not often the case), it is short, attractive and not frightening, it is also self contained, logical development of the topics and so on . So it is an excellent introductory book to the subject based on solved problems and examples. It is very good to have a book that allow students to go forward by themselves, and solved exercises at the end are a good way if stimulating to go beyond what is there. So students can start from those and work out variations, they can try to generalize the results and so on.
The book is well written and chapters are in a natural order, and again, it is good (positive) that the author dedicates some time, detailed analysis of the problems (even that for well trained students may look too long explanations).

I do recommend the book for a first encounter with the specific subject for students in general undergraduate courses from engineering schools, however for students in physics it maybe necessary to have a book with more deep approach to the topics but in that case it will come as very good complement.

It is not easy for me to do a comparative analysis with the MIT book because my impression is that they have slightly different purposes and the MIT book needs additional material and complements, but I like both, so I use both, and what I want to insist is the possibility of King's approach to provide material for a self guided learning into the subject.
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A nice short, straight to the point textbook. The illustrations are clear and the formula derivations are easy to follow. The text also flows and is readable and understandable. Even if you miss a lecture the text stands in as a decent substitute.
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