- Hardcover: 856 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 7 edition (January 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0073263184
- ISBN-13: 978-0073263182
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.5 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tonight as I was studying it finally clicked what this book so poorly lacked compared to any other science book I have read. That is that most books give enough explanation leading up to the high point of a chapter it can be understood or at least grasped. Most books also pull a few key concepts from other chapters and explain why they are being used and how to use them. this book assumes anyone reading it has an advanced knowledge of electromagnetics and somehow remembers everything from physics 2 and all previous chapters poorly explained. Because of this, they take a swim or die approach in just throwing everything at you with little explanation and expect that it can be done. an example of this is when the author explains a concept in theoretical terms, gives an example in theoretical terms and then gives no explanation of how you would solve a problem with any worded examples. Now you have homework assigned and no good examples to return to for thorough explanations of what to look for because even when a question is asked it usually uses one or two formulas poorly explained a chapter or two back.
This book does not teach, its more of a reference guide. In short this book is made for someone who already completed their degree.
The authors offer little in the way of explaining concepts. They will present long derivations of equations without first describing what they are deriving or why. Illustrations are almost non-existent, and worked-out example problems are incredibly sparse. This is perhaps the biggest shortcoming of the book, since actual solved problems are invaluable in helping students understand material.
I had to buy this book for a graduate course in emag; if I needed it just for a reference, I would find another book. For the cost, it's an appallingly bad value. Unfortunately, many will be in the same boat as me, and will be forced to buy it for a class. Professors who may be reading this - please think of your students and do not use this for your classes. Then again, when I was searching for this book, I checked several local university book stores - none of them carried it, indicating it is not used for any classes at those schools. Many professors have probably already realized there are much better electromagnetism texts out there.
The book skips many steps in its examples, leaving the student lost and annoyed. They seem to assume that we already know these techniques fluently.
We have found so many errors in the homework that I cannot begin to count them all. This is especially true of the solutions manual.
If you must use this book, pray that you have an excellent instructor who can (and will) fill in the blanks left by the authors and get the solutions any way you can.
I could go on...