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Vibrations and Waves (Mit Introductory Physics Series) [Paperback]

A.P. French
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September 30, 1971 0748744479 978-0748744473 1 New

The M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series is the result of a program of careful study, planning, and development that began in 1960. The Education Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (formerly the Science Teaching Center) was established to study the process of instruction, aids thereto, and the learning process itself, with special reference to science teaching at the university level. Generous support from a number of foundations provided the means for assembling and maintaining an experienced staff to co-operate with members of the Institute's Physics Department in the examination, improvement, and development of physics curriculum materials for students planning careers in the sciences. After careful analysis of objectives and the problems involved, preliminary versions of textbooks were prepared, tested through classroom use at M.I.T. and other institutions, re-evaluated, rewritten, and tried again. Only then were the final manuscripts undertaken.


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  • Series: Mit Introductory Physics Series
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 New edition (September 30, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748744479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748744473
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This volume is the clearest discussion I've seen of the behavior of waves and vibration. The text is accompanied by first-year mathematical physics, and very well done diagrams and graphs. An over-all admirable achievement. I took this course from Prof. French in 1965, when it was first taught at M.I.T., and the perceptual clarity of his lectures are preserved in the text. The development of the book moves logically from simple vibration to progressive waves and wave interaction with boundaries. After this book, you're ready for the great book on Optics, by Hecht, or, perhaps Ando's Architectural Acoustics. Two other volumes by French are also available: (i) Newtonian Mechanics, which is a beautiful blend of classical physics, concept discussion, and history of science, and (ii) Special Relativity, which I recommend to friends who have been confused by Einstein's theory, and invariably they tell me this book is the best they've read, and their relativistic headache's just simply gone!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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Oscillatory function is at the root of all natural phenomena. Comprehending this behavior as a mathematically pure process is a basis through which countless aspects of the sciences and the arts can be explained, described, and even creatively elaborated upon. The effects of the physical manifestation of waves, and the inevitable complexities resulting from their interaction with the environment, are essential considerations as well.
The pages of this work are information-dense, providing physical, geometric, and mathematical descriptions of vibrations. Introducing the sine-wave, vectors and complex-exponentials as the fundamentals of periodic motion, the topics then progress to combining vibrations, masses and springs, harmonic and torsional oscillation, forced vibrations, coupled oscillators, Fourier analysis, orthogonal functions, energy transporting, decay of free vibrations, nuclear and optical resonance, diffraction and inference patterns to briefly name but a few. Physical considerations and methods are discussed in detail as well, and exercises at the end of each chapter indicate what the reader is expected to have extracted from each section [selected answers are provided].
The text within each section is written in an extremely clear, systematic and enthusiastic manner and speaks to an intelligent, inquisitive beginner of the subject matter. The numerous excellent black-and-white illustrations diagrams and photographs supplement the written descriptions admirably. The typefaces and even the feel of the paper of the book are high quality and elegant.
This is an introductory work regarding oscillatory analysis, however some mathematical knowledge is assumed by implication.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book has no examples May 10, 2010
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{excuse me if my review does not flow. I'm not very good at connecting paragraphs. I hope what i'm about to say here will be helpful to at least some of you.}

I realize by giving this "classic" a 3 star I'm literally asking to be bashed on. But i think it's only fair to rate a book the way one perceives it.

Before I bought the book, I read the reviews here, there were 10 five star reviews and 1 one star review. The latter one (1 star review) was voted not helpful by several users, and I thought it was just some guy trolling. But now that I've bought the book, and actually read it, I see where the guy was coming from. I think he was way too harsh to give it a 1 star rating though.

Like the title of this review says, there is no examples in this book, nope none. I dunno how other folks learn Physics but I do by looking at few examples, getting an idea of what's going on, and then trying out some problems on my own.

Fortunately, this book does have problems at the end of each chapters...and yes there is an answer key at the end of the book.

Also fortunately, there is the internet. Out of frustration, i started googing for university courses that were using this book and i hoped the professor was nice enough to post some examples, practice problem w/ solutions. Luckily there are a few out there.

There is MIT OpenCourseWare. You can see solution's to some of the problems that were assigned as a homework in MIT's Vibration and Waves class. Furthermore, they also have documented exams with solutions. University of Michigan also used this book in Physics 340 and they have exams and homework w/ solutions documented online.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners May 15, 2005
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I used this textbook in a freshman physics course, and it was an invaluable introduction to the concepts of vibrations and waves. The book is mathematically rigorous, without being overbearing. The concepts are developed clearly, the exercises range from simple calculations to somewhat difficult conceptual problems, and the book covers a lot of ground.

I'd say that this book is invaluable for providing the background necessary for quantuam mechanics, and further study in physics.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only every textbook was this good... December 2, 2006
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I used this book instead of the originally assigned text (H.J. Pain's truly awful "Physics of Vibrations and Waves") in a class I took recently. It was a pleasure to read.

In spite of the fact that the book is quite short (and quite compact in your bag), it covers the material very thoroughly. The author writes clearly and with a lot of attention to the needs of the student. French's style is also very lively and makes you want to read on instead of feeling you are obligated to. The problems at the end of each chapter are excellent. It is also inexpensive.

All in all, quite a gem in this day of boring, incomprehensible, too-heavy-to-carry $120 textbooks that arrive in a "new" less readable edition every year. If only every textbook could be like this.

It isn't quite perfect -- every once in a while a derivation gets obscure and a few topics aren't covered -- but it is very, very good. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible printing.
I decided to get this book in order to work on mit's 8.03 course. The book itself is okay, nothing mind blowing, but it gets the job done. Read more
Published 13 days ago by alex
1.0 out of 5 stars Practically Useless
When I bought this book I was hoping to gain a useful resource to use in learning about waves, but instead I got a couple hundred pages of proofs where the variables he was using... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Stannard
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware Amazon ships cheap international version of this text
The book that Amazon sent me is the cheap international version of this text, printed on really cheap newspaper-like stock, poor binding, and in general just low end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Todd T. Doucet
5.0 out of 5 stars Contents and Quality of the book.
The subject of the book and its contents are well described and its quality is great indeed. Robert C. Tsao
Published 5 months ago by robert c. tsao
3.0 out of 5 stars text is excellent but the printing is horrible
Would give it five stars for the actual content inside it, this book is a excellent, a classic on basic physics of waves and oscillations. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Victor Luis Espinoza
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but sloppy (illegal?) printing
The book is great but the writing is skewed on pages. Also the image quality is poor. There was a sticker covering a "Sales Area: India Only" message in the front few pages. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gabe Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars nice texbook
the graphes are very bad quality as if they were some low quality photocopies of the original. Otherwise no complaints about the content. I guess it is a classic
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor print quality
I ordered this book after looking through a coworker's copy. In the book I received from Amazon, the images appeared to be poor-quality photocopies of those appearing in my... Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by Christian J. Convey
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle format not adequate
I have only just begun to read through this book but I have already encountered several equation rendering issues. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by julian_irwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy book
Haven't completed the book but its a very good book for getting the basics concerning wave and oscillatory motion. The problems are a little too easy from what i've done.
Published on August 1, 2010 by ThePhysicist
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