- 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: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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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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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.
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. At first i thought i would count how many figures there are per chapter but...well there's too many of them. If all figures were to be added up then i would say there's at least one per two pages in the book. There's only 1 picture (as in real photo) though...which imo is good. I personally prefer sketches over pictures.
Lastly i would like to mention Vibrations and Waves (The M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series). It is a widely used book on the subject and it's pretty decent...and a "classic". However, that book has no worked out examples what so ever. So, if you're using that book for your course (which is a likely case) and you need another book that has worked out examples then this might be the one for you. The topic covered in these two books are similar. Click the preview button, check the table of content for both books, and compare for yourself.