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The Physics of Vibrations and Waves [Paperback]

H. J. Pain
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1 April 2005
The main theme of this highly successful book is that the transmission of energy by wave propogation is fundamental to almost every branch of physics. Therefore, besides giving students a thorough grounding in the theory of waves and vibrations, the book also demonstrates the pattern and unity of a large part of physics. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and has been redeisgned to meet the best contemporary standards. It includes new material on electron waves in solids using the Kronig–Penney model to show how their allowed energies are limited to Brillouin zones, The role of phonons is also discussed. An Optical Transform is used to demonstrate the modern method of lens testing. In the last two chapters the sections on chaos and solitons have been reduced but their essential contents remain. As with earlier editions, the book has a large number of problems together with hints on how to solve them. The Physics of Vibrations and Waves, 6th Edition will prove invaluable for students taking a first full course in the subject across a variety of disciplines particularly physics, engineering and mathematics.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 6th Edition edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047001296X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470012963
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is an excellent textbook, full of interesting material clearly explained, and fully worthy of being studied by future contributors ..." ( Journal of Sound and Vibration: 293 , July 2006)

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The main theme of this highly successful book is that the transmission of energy by wave propogation is fundamental to almost every branch of physics.  Therefore, besides giving students a thorough grounding in the theory of waves and vibrations, the book also demonstrates the pattern and unity of a large part of physics. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and has been redeisgned to meet the best contemporary standards.  It includes new material on electron waves in solids using the Kronig–Penney model to show how their allowed energies are limited to Brillouin zones,  The role of phonons is also discussed.  An Optical Transform is used to demonstrate the modern method of lens testing.  In the last two chapters the sections on chaos and solitons have been reduced but their essential contents remain. As with earlier editions, the book has a large number of problems together with hints on how to solve them.  The Physics of Vibrations and Waves, 6th Edition will prove invaluable for students taking a first full course in the subject across a variety of disciplines particularly physics, engineering and mathematics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the only book you need on waves 4 Sep 2009
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A fantastic guide on the physics and mathematics of waves and vibrations. From simple harmonic motion and coupled oscillations, to EM waves in the ionosphere, interferometers, convolution, matrix methods, holography, phonons, and more. Definitely worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Systematic Introduction of Basic Concepts 8 July 2014
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For many years I have been looking for a thorough book on vibrations and waves. They are important throughout physics and electronics among other subjects.

This book is methodical in its introduction of the topics, the maths is well laid out and I have moved on leaps and bounds by referencing the sections of the book where I had blanks before.

I wish I had a copy many years ago and it will remain on my book shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent phil haddrell 23 Jan 2014
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I have found this to be one of the best undergraduate physics text books ever. Its explanations are clear and provides an excellent introduction to other areas of physics namely electromagnetic theory and quantum mechanics. The book gives clear introductions to the mathematics used at every stage. I first used this book over 40 years ago during my undergraduate course and have 3 different editions of this excellent book. To be honest I am completely baffled by some of the negative reviews of this book.
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